A McDonald's can be a snack on the way to an event, a family meal on a weekend, or a place for a coffee or a milkshake on a hot day.

However, after looking at the TripAdvisor ratings about McDonald's in the area covered by Cumberland Council, it is clear there are different calibres of fast food restaurants. 

It's fair to say the chain doesn't pick up especially high ratings on this platform. But here's a list of the best and the worst McDonald's in our region and what reviewers made of them.

McDonald's Carlisle - Grearshill Road

Grearshill Road, Kingstown, Carlisle, CA3 0ET

Rating: 2.5/5

They said: "This McDonald’s is one of the busiest I’ve ever visited after being to many throughout the country, which is surprising as Carlisle is one of the smallest cities (only 3 McDonald’s though and no Burger King or alternatives).

"The staff are usually friendly and happy to help, the inside the restaurant is somewhat clean (for a fast food restaurant) and usually parking isn’t too bad.

"Although, the quality of the food isn’t always great and there’s always at least 1 thing wrong with our order."

McDonald's Carlisle - Scotch Street

56/58 Scotch Street, Carlisle, CA3 8PN

Rating: 2.5/5

They said: "Have been to many McDonald's but this is the first to NOT play utterly ghastly loud pop music that is unwelcome and intrusive.

"The music in this branch was pleasant, and calming and enhanced the environment. Well done Carlisle McDonald's - excellent."

McDonald's Whitehaven

Flatt Walks, Whitehaven, CA28 7RW

Rating: 2.5/5

They said: "Whenever you go to McDonalds, you know what you are getting. Very busy but staff kept things moving. All were friendly & helpful. Floors & tables were reasonably clean. Plenty of parking nearby."

McDonald's Workington

Derwent Drive, Workington, CA14 3YW

Rating: 2/5

They said: "We ordered a burger and fries each to takeaway, one had medium fries, the other large. We didn’t realise till we had left the restaurant and opened the bag, that their portion control was somewhat lacking.

"The large sleeve of fries was only half full and when we tipped them out there was the same amount as in the medium sleeve."

McDonald's Carlisle - London Road

116 London Road, Carlisle, CA1 2PE

Rating: 1.5/5 

They said: "Come here if you want to waste your time as they get your orders wrong and take forever to give a new one."