AHEAD of the American fast food company opening its brand new site on the high street, bosses invited the Echo for a special preview and taste test to get a glimpse of Southend's newest business.

Occupying the site of the former Ponden Home Interiors shop, the burger giant is a prominent new face in the area and will house approximately 130 people in its new home. 

I headed down the high street to get a taste of what is set to come to Southend.

The menu at Wendy's left me spoilt for choice but after much consideration, I decided to go with a chicken sandwich, Wendy's signature baconator fries and a white chocolate frosty.

The frosty and the baconator fries were the standout items.The frosty and the baconator fries were the standout items. (Image: Newsquest)

I was served my order and immediately dug into the signature fries.

The fries are a specialty at the burger giant and they did not disappoint. The toppings of bacon and cheese add a whole new layer to the classic side dish.

The spicy chicken sandwich did not have much of a spicy kick to it but was loaded with flavours and tasted fresh.

However, my favourite part of the meal was the frosty. It was the perfect sweet treat for a hot summers day and I can already see it being a favourite this summer.

All in all, the food at Wendy's exceeded my expectations and provided a fresh feel to its fast food.