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Family Feast - King's Arms, All Cannings, 23rd June

Pub feast sparks court case

Every Christmas, a remote pub in Northern England - the Tan Hill Inn a remote pub along the Pennine Way - serves a traditional holiday meal consisting of pate, turkey, roast beef, trimmings and pudding, under its "Family Feast" menu.

According to reports on Thursday, however, American fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken is suing the Tan Hill Inn for trademark infringement over the company's own "Family Feast" -- a cardboard box of fried chicken and french fries, coleslaw, potatoes, gravy and a 1.25-litre soft drink bottle.

A spokesman for KFC was quoted as saying in The Times: "'Family Feast' is a registered trademark of Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) Limited. KFC devotes significant resources to promoting and protecting its trademarks."

The idea of a KFC Family Feast makes me want to vomit sickly sugared water and prepubescent chicken gobbets all over any kindly white haired Colonel I see. I'm sure the Tan Hill Inn serves a proper family feast, as does my local pub. I'm all for protecting intellectual property but when a common phrase is trademarked then bollocks to them. So why not join us at a "Family Feast" of chilli at the King's Arms 23rd June? No reconstituted crap served.

Comments

I cannot think of any way that what the Tan Hill pub does resembles the cr*p served up at the KFC abbatoirs. Even if one sets aside the fantastic food, the atmosphere of fun and friendliness far far outweighs the American enterprise.
I was amongst the first few to get there after the place had been snowed in with revellers for a few days. They certainly had a good time and were none to keen to get away.
Every good wish to the Tanners. Send the KFC muck to Iraq.

I cannot think of any way that what the Tan Hill pub does resembles the cr*p served up at the KFC abbatoirs. Even if one sets aside the fantastic food, the atmosphere of fun and friendliness far far outweighs the American enterprise.
I was amongst the first few to get there after the place had been snowed in with revellers for a few days. They certainly had a good time and were none to keen to get away.
Every good wish to the Tanners. Send the KFC muck to Iraq.

I hope the publican has a whipround to pay some lawyers. I think the judges will p*** all over this one. There were family feasts before the Colonel came up with his first artificial flavoring. Meanwhile, the adverse publicity from KFC trying to ring fence chunks of the English language will do much greater damage to their business than any little pub could. They need to employ more expensive lawyers, methinks. If I were their lawyer I would now sue them for libel for trying to associate the real food in my clients' pub with their junk.

Rather amusing Captain H.

May I pinch it and post it?

"May I pinch it and post it?"
of course Mr Remittance Man, and please feel free to take any such thing from my blog if it will help spread joy and mayhem in this world

Sir,

You are a gentleman. Of course your kind invitation is reciprocated with the same conditions.

RM

Don't blame The Colonel. The man's been dead a while now and what's served at KFC now barely resembles what was served when he was around. There's a good reason for this; he was a crotchety old bastard he looked after his reputation by showing up unannounced at Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants and yanking the franchise away from owners who didn't meet his standards. Now it's greasier chicken and disgusting nugget and Buffalo wing ripoffs. It's nasty and it sucks but it's not the Colonel's fault.

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