Restaurant in Eastern Avenue reopened this morning (Tuesday) with touchscreen technology and second drive-thru lane.

McDonald's in Barnstaple has reopened with a brand new, state-of-the-art look.

Digital touchscreen order points, new furniture and an extra drive-thru lane are part of the new facilities at the Eastern Avenue restaurant.

Free-to-use tablets have also been installed at some tables for customers who want to check Facebook and emails or play the latest games.

The restaurant has been closed for several weeks as part of the refit and opened this morning (Tuesday).

It is the second in the region to now have the brand new technology - the first being Bideford which opened last month.

Franchisee David Hunt said it was the biggest investment McDonald's had ever made in Barnstaple.

"I am really proud to invest in this site because of my six sites this was the first," he said.

"It's nice to be able to give something back.

"The new system will promote freshness and more variety because you can customise your orders.

"We're really excited about revealing our new look restaurant. This digital transformation will give our customers more choice and an experience that's fast and easy.

"It won't just benefit our customers though - our staff will receive advanced training in how to use the new technology, helping to boost their skill set in the work place.

"The response to the changes from my team has been fantastic; they've been getting positive feedback from customers about how much they love the new ordering system - especially those who are keen to browse the menu before placing their order."

Mr Hunt, whose six restaurants across Somerset and Devon, employ 350 people and contribute almost £5 million to the local economy, told the Gazette the Roundswell store is due to be upgraded in 2017.

Paul Pomroy, CEO, McDonald's UK, said: "We are confident that the investment we are making will bring new and exciting changes to McDonald's in Barnstaple and across the rest of the UK.

"We've listened to customer feedback and know we need to modernise further in order to move the McDonald's experience on, and remain relevant to the lives of the three million customers that we serve daily.

"Our converted restaurants like the one in Barnstaple will deliver a fast and easy experience, aided by digital and traditional ordering points ensuring we continue to be enjoyed by our customers."

Mr Pomroy said if current trials prove successful, the future could see even more exciting features introduced at McDonald's restaurants, including the option to order and pay by smartphone.

A small number of restaurants will also pilot 'table service', with the option to have food delivered direct to where people are sitting. Customers in some restaurants will also be able to charge their smartphones using wireless charging devices.