First Team Regular
Jun 21, 2012, 7:47 PM
Location: A small town in north Wiltshire.
Team(s): Calne Town, Darlington, Hibernian, Rosenborg, Sussex CCC, Wiltshire CCC
Post #62 of 68
i once, a bit jokingly, used to tick Little Chefs. This was when they were still owned by THF. They were all numbered and had a plaque on the side with the build date. Also produced listings.
My memory, which can't be trusted, tells me that their Camberley site, now demolished, was number 1. According to http://motorwayservicesonline.co.uk/Little_Chef_Timeline
though, Reading was opened first with Camberley second.
Northleach in Gloucestershire for a while had two Little Chefs, one was only open for a few years it now appears to be a house.
The one at Long Itchington is now a Chinese.
Who remembers Happy Eater and Kelly's Kitchens.
Used to use them alot in an old job, though most of the time only the breakfast were edable.
Number 1 was definitely in the South, I remember deliberately going there for Tea when my dad worked in London in the 80s to tick it off. So I suspect Camberley. Sadly my original map has gone missing otherwise I could be certain.
Happy ("crappy") eater was an attempt by Grand Met (i think) (Edit: it was a Co called Imperial Group) to take down LC. I think it sowed the downfall of these sort of restaurants. Crappy Eater was not as good as LC, though they did an American Breakfast that was pretty large. When LC took the sites over they inherited a lot of restaurants that were only there to take business from LC, lol, it was kind of like the Railway Madness. Whole chain went downhill from there. I stopped ticking them because I didn't consider a rebranded Crappy Eater to be a LC.
All the Cotswold ones were ticked and ALL have now gone, and its not as if getting food in the Cotswolds between 1500-1900 when most pubs dont do it, is that easy anyway. Well remember the Northleach ones.
Im going to have to start a thread arent I?
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(This post was edited by wishmaster3211 on Jun 21, 2012, 8:59 PM)