Tan Hill Inn 1, KFC 0: KFC Drops Legal Action Against Tiny British Pub

Only a few days after confirming that legal action would proceed against the tiny Tan Hiill Inn for the use of the trademarked term “Family Feast” on their once-a-year Christmas menu, KFC has changed its tiny chicken-sized mind.

From the Daily Mail:

Now a spokeswoman for KFC GB Ltd has said no further action would be taken against the pub.

She added: “KFC has to protect its trademarks against those who seek to trade off its brand.

“KFC has spoken to Ms Daly at the Tan Hill Inn and confirmed that it will not take this case any further.

“This means that Ms Daly can continue to use the phrase ‘Family Feast’ on the pub’s Christmas menu. It’s an unusual situation that has been blown out of all proportion.”

Ms Daly said: “They have very kindly said we can continue using the name. Common sense has prevailed. I’m very relieved and ecstatic.

“I’m not going to need my boxing gloves anymore. I’ve invited KFC to come here and have a meal and shake hands.”

See, that’s how things work. When KFC sends you a threatening legal letter, you should “take it very seriously.” When it results in bad publicity, then it’s “been blown out of all proportion.” See the difference? —MEGHANN MARCO

KFC backs down in legal challenge against country pub [Daily Mail]
(Photo: Daily Mail)

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  1. Indecision says:

    “It’s an unusual situation that has been blown out of all proportion.”

    Unusual, yes. But I don’t think it was blown out of proportion one bit. Personally, I think it was blown into exactly the proper proportion.

  2. gwong says:

    Wow, I’m actually a bit surprised that KFC blinked in this case.

  3. MaliBoo Radley says:

    Awesome. Way to go Tan Hill Inn!

  4. Onouris says:


    No, the fact that a company can even trademark English words made it way, way out of proportion in the first place.

    I mean jesus we better watch what we write, we might get sued for using trademarked sentences.

  5. Chongo says:

    @Onouris: “sued for using trademarked sentences” is a trademark violation. you will be hearing from my lawyers

  6. surfacenoise76 says:

    but if they change their name to THI, all bets are off

  7. GirlGoneRiled says:

    I so wish I had the time to fly on over to Jolly Olde to have a bite at the Tan Hill Inn. I swear, I’d rather spend a grand getting there and back for a single meal than have 200 hundred meals at KFC stateside. Granted, they did the right thing, but only when backed into a corner. And backed into a corner is what I’ll have to be to even consider eating there in the future.

  8. B says:

    @Chongo: I’ve patented the phrase “You’ll be hearing from my lawyers.” So, well, you can guess what I’ll say next.

  9. Skylar says:

    @B: Sorry, I’ve patented “You can guess what I’ll say next”.

  10. Chongo says:

    @B: But I said “you will” with lower case y and no contractions…

    yay witty banter! :)

  11. DashTheHand says:

    I’ve patented 24 letters of the english alphabet, from now on you are only allowed to use the letters “Q” and “V” (Both registered trademarks of DISNEY OVERLORDS) without owing me royalties. Have a nice day.

  12. Kos says:

    It’s amazing how companies will back down when they a Streisand Effect storm approaching.

  13. mmcnary says:

    I’d be interested in learning who had the menu item “Family Feast” first. I don’t recall seeing that on the menu at KFC until recently…

  14. strathmeyer says:

    The “but if they don’t protect their trademark they will loose it” posters had their way in the last thread. What’s going to happen when KFC doesn’t lose its trademark? Guess we’ll all have forgotten by then.

  15. Juliekins says:

    Sorry, but I’ve trademarked “witty banter.”

    cc: legal@weddingdepot.com

  16. Onouris says:


    qvvq, qqqvv, qvqqvq…



    I have no idea where Jolly Olde is, but you can come to England any time ;)

  17. tinychicken says:

    @ everyone: I’ve trademarked the word “sorry”. Which is why so few of the companies in question will ever utter my word. I’ll see the rest in court. That’ll teach ’em!


  18. Dustbunny says:


    Qqqq? Vqqqvqq qq vqq qqv.

  19. royal72 says:

    sorry kfc, you’re still an asshole. i said i was done with you, because of this and you can say sorry or whatever. i will get my greasy fast food chicken quotient from popeyes.

  20. Trai_Dep says:

    The only thing “unusual” about the situation is that KFC was exposed to the public bullying a mom & pop. I’m sure their lawyers are still mystified why this case out of the thousands of lawsuits they file a month hit the presses.

  21. Nicholai says:

    I’m I the only one that thinks that picture looks photoshoped?

  22. hibiscusroto says:

    as if I needed ANOTHER reason NOT to eat at KFC!