Is there a Steak n Shake in the UK or London?

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Oh, burger lovers. I feel you. You’re here because you’re asking yourself, “Is there a Steak n Shake in the UK?” or “Is there a Steak n Shake in London?

And I know. I KNOW.

I LOVE Steak n Shake. I grew up on their thin fries and grilled cheese sandwiches. I still get that when I’m home and visiting and nothing will ever replace Steak n Shake in my heart.

But it’s time to get real.

Hey, sidenote! If you’re traveling to the UK, whether for a short period of time or as an expat, why don’t you join my Facebook group where you can ask questions, get advice or just look at pretty pictures of this part of the world! Just click here to request to join and I’ll add you!

And to answer your question…

“Is there a Steak n Shake in the UK or London or England?”

There isn’t a Steak n Shake in the UK or London, but there was one in Chester which has now sadly closed. 

Before we delve into all things steakburgers and french fries, I first want to share some content that I think you’ll love based on the fact that you’re planning a trip to the UK or currently there.

Firstly, you need the best book on England ever written – the book is called “Watching the English” and you should click here and check it out.

It takes everything you think you know about the UK and either explains it or shows you what you’re really getting yourself into (major small talk and frequent tea breaks, woo!)

Whether you’re an expat who is making a more permanent move or a short term visitor who just wants to see if all English people sound like the Queen (spoiler alert: no), I am here for all of your “WAIT, WHAT DO I DO?” needs.

I mean, first of all, you’re going to want to learn about culture shock and why it will or won’t affect you.

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You’re also going to want to figure out the different coins and bills so that when you go to the check out and want to pay for your fish n’ chips, you’re not stuck looking like an idiot.

You’re also going to want to learn all about driving in England as an American. I mean, here’s a short answer: don’t do it.

Anyway, check out the resources below.

So on to Steak n Shake.

Steak n Shake is popular burger restaurant in the USA with over 500 locations.

It’s most popular in the South and MidWest.

Most of the locations have both sit-down sections and drive-thrus, and they’re known for their “steakburgers” (also known as hamburgers), milkshakes, and shoestring fries.

It’s also a very popular place for kids to hang out after high school when you live in small town and have nowhere else to go (or maybe that’s just me).

Steak n’ Shake came to the UK in 2016 when a site opened in Chester. Why Chester? I don’t know.

A husband and wife team decided to open one up, and while it was a UK franchise of Steak n’Shake, the menu was a bit truncated.

The Chester site closed down in August of 2018, and despite rumors that it’s potentially coming to Liverpool, so far the UK has no Steak n’ Shake to speak of.

We DO have Shake Shack both in London and across the UK, but London doesn’t have Steak n’ Shake either.

That being said, Steak n’Shake is expanding internationally still so it’s possible that it may come to the UK or London again.

In fact, they’ve got some Paris locations now and while I don’t want to admit that I spent the entire last work trip I took to Paris stuffing my face with Steak n’ Shake, that’s exactly what I did.

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For any other questions about what stores you can find in the US versus the UK, just e-mail me at or check out my articles on Target in London, Walmart in the UK, and Starbucks in the UK

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