OVER 100 people waited in line to be one of the first to try a new noodle bar which opened in Basingstoke on Monday, January 15. 

Pan-Asian noodle bar Chopstix has opened in Festival Place, in a unit previously occupied by Mountain Warehouse.

More than 100 people queued to experience the new restaurant, as the chain offered 100 free boxes to those who waited, as well as 1,000 free spring rolls on the app to celebrate the opening.

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First in line was Juliet Daly who started queuing at 10.30am, with the new business opening at 11am. 

Juliet said: "There are bars like this in Reading and London, but there was nothing similar in Basingstoke, that’s why I was drawn to it.

“I’m hugely excited, it’s different to anything we have in the area. Plus, who doesn’t want a free lunch?”

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Basingstoke Gazette: Juliet Daly, first in line.Chopstix is the largest Asian-inspired quick-serve restaurant in the UK, offering a range of dishes including chicken katsu, sweet and sour, and its signature dish, salted caramel chicken.

It also has restaurants in Reading, Southampton and Fleet Services, to name just a few nearby locations. 

It was first announced in November that Chopstix would open in Basingstoke, with the company placing an advert in the shopping centre, reading ‘We’ll soon be clicking our sticks in Basingstoke'.

Rob Burns, marketing director for Chopstix, previously said: “As always, we continue to deliver a faster, fresher, and tastier alternative to the high street - and we’ve got a whole host of exciting things in store for our opening week.

"We ask our loyal customers based in Basingstoke to download the Chopstix app as we’ll be releasing some exclusive offers and deals over the next few weeks to celebrate the launch of our newest store in Festival Place. 

“We’re honoured to serve the communities in which we operate so we’re also thrilled to bring more job opportunities for those in the local area, with around 20 new jobs being created.”