At a Glance

Fried chicken restaurant

2015 as a street food brand, and 2019 with our first bricks and mortar location

Investment Level:
circa. £500k


Number of Units:
6 company location open in London with several in the pipeline; 5 franchised locations with Parkdean Holiday Resorts

Investor: Trispan Equity Partners

Thunderbird Fried Chicken Franchise UK

Award-winning fried chicken by the bucketload!

Our founder, Matt Harris started Thunderbird Fried Chicken in an old ambulance, hitting the London street food scene with a bang and going on to win WingFest for the Best Wings in London, before graduating to ‘bricks and mortar’ locations in 2019.

Quality is at the core of everything that we do, and our mission is to make fried chicken great again.   Our recipes are reinvented classics; we take traditional fried chicken recipes, analyse what makes them great, then improve every element using science and a good dose of creativity. And we serve it with a smile and good old-fashioned hospitality. We’ve developed a loyal fanbase in London and have won 10 awards at WingFest over the years!

We are driven heavily by our values of Family, Trust, Pride, Fun and Authenticity, which weave their way into our everyday operations.  We are a people first organisation and endeavour to give our employees industry leading training, support, and development.

“My vision for Thunderbird is to build a business that’s loved equally by our employees and guests.  If people love eating with us and working with us then success will inevitably follow” Matt Harris, Founder.

  • Our service is fast-casual, with a premium, award winning menu
  • We have a flexible foot-print 900-2500 sq ft and work in a variety of locations from high street to food markets
  • Our interiors match our food; inspired by retro Americana, reinvented for a modern audience
  • Our menu is adaptable to meet local tastes, day parts, and occasions
  • Streamlined national and international supply chain
  • Experienced management team and sector leading chairman

Ideal Partner:

Thunderbird are seeking :

In the UK: Experienced Multi Unit Franchisees

International Markets: Experienced Multi Unit Franchisees or whole country territories. Markets of interest include Ireland, mainland Europe and the Middle East


Interested in Thunderbird Fried Chicken? Contact Johnny Sellyn

Johnny is the Founder of whichfranchise and one of the most well-known and connected people in franchising. He is happy to discuss the requirements for developing Thunderbird Fried Chicken in the UK.


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