Little Chef

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Little Chef
IndustryRoadside restaurant chain
Founded1958 (1958)
FounderSam Alper
DefunctJanuary 2018 (January 2018)
OwnerKout Food Group K.S.C.C. (trademarks)

Little Chef was a chain of restaurants in the United Kingdom, founded in 1958 by entrepreneur Sam Alper, who was inspired by American diners. The chain was famous for the "Olympic Breakfast" – its version of a full English – as well as its "Early Starter" and the "Jubilee Pancakes". The restaurants were mostly located on the roadside of Britain's main motorway grid, often paired with a Travelodge motel, a Burger King, and a petrol station. The chain, for a time, was also located alongside Moto service stations.

The chain expanded rapidly throughout the 1970s, and its parent company would acquire the Happy Eater chain in the 1980s, its only major roadside competitor. When all Happy Eater restaurants were converted to the Little Chef brand in the late 1990s, the chain reached its peak with 439 restaurants.[1][2] Little Chef began to face decline in the early 2000s, mainly due to its quick expansion, that did not allow it to properly invest in all locations.[3] Compared to that peak, the chain, by 2005, had lost almost half of its locations.[4]

In 2007, the chain entered administration, marking 41 out of 239 restaurants to close. This was followed by another closure programme in 2012 to reduce the chain to a total of 94 locations.[5][6] In early 2017, licence owners Kout Food Group sold the then remaining 70 locations to Euro Garages, who would convert the restaurants into their partner franchises such as Starbucks, Subway, and Greggs.[7] After the Euro Garages' licence expired, the remaining restaurants were renamed "EG Diner" in January 2018, as a "temporary solution," and these, by the end of October 2018, were either converted or closed.[8]

The defunct Little Chef brand still remains owned by Kout Food Group; however, the trademark is now registered in Kuwait as the group is no longer operating in the United Kingdom.[9]


Beginnings (1958–1970)[edit]

A Little Chef in Nottinghamshire, designed by Sam Scorer. This Grade II listed structure, on the southbound A1 at Markham Moor, is now operated by Starbucks.

Caravan manufacturer Sam Alper built and designed the first Little Chef, modeled on diners he had seen in the United States, particularly one in Leedey, Oklahoma which was called Little Chef.[2][10] Opened in 1958 on Oxford Road, Reading, it had just eleven seats.[2] The earliest Little Chefs were basic, prefabricated constructions, with room for up to twenty customers, a staff of three to four, and provision for car parking.[11] There was also a short-lived experiment in 1964 with a branch in London's Regent's Park.[12]

From 1965 onwards, the outlets began to be built in brick, with room for about forty customers, by which time there were 12 outlets.[11] Standard décor and uniforms were brought in, together with staff training.[11] Later on, they were built with room for some sixty customers, while parking space was improved, and sign boards and other identifying marks were emphasised.[11] By 1970, Little Chef became a subsidiary of the Trust House Forte hotel, restaurant, and catering conglomerate, by which time there were 25 Little Chef restaurants.[13]

Trust House Forte (1970–1995)[edit]

In 1970, Trust Houses merged with Charles Forte's hotel and catering consortium to create Trust House Forte.[11][14] The takeover by Forte gave Little Chef the capital and resources to expand rapidly. Soon, Trust House Forte had 44 Little Chef restaurants.[11] Frustrated by planning laws, Forte began sending out teams to "well-located" transport cafes, offering the owners cash incentives to sell and move out "within the week" so that Forte could turn their restaurants into Little Chefs.[15] Following this tactic, the chain, by 1972, had expanded to 100 outlets. In the 1970s, there were also two restaurants in France, both of which closed by 1976.

Sites were a mixture of self-service and waitress service, though predominantly the former.[15] By 1976, there were 174 outlets, and the first Little Chef Lodge motel was opened.[13] In 1977, "Jubilee Pancakes" were added to the menu.[13]

Little Chef and Burger King in Bilbrough near York, A64 eastbound, North Yorkshire. This is now a Burger King, Greggs and Sainsburys On The Go, operated by Euro Garages.

Little Chef outlets were opened at larger Trust House Forte service areas on motorways and trunk roads. In 1987, these service areas became known as Welcome Break after the acquisition of the smaller Welcome Break group of motorway service areas and the Happy Eater roadside restaurants,[14] Little Chef's main rival at the time, in 1986, as part of the break-up of the Imperial Group.

In 1990, the Little Chef Lodges were rebranded as Travelodge. In 1992–3, two sites were opened in the Republic of Ireland. In 1995, Forte announced the end of the Happy Eater brand, with all existing sites converted into Little Chef by 1997.[14]

Little Chef had a spin-off brand called "Little Chef Express," which Forte developed in 1995 as a rival to fast-food outlets.[1] The first Express outlet was at the Markham Moor service station (A1 North), though only as an addition to the existing Little Chef menu there.[1] Only five restaurants were ever built on the roadside, and the idea was redeveloped when Little Chef was taken over by Compass, with the Express take-outs being set up in food courts, including one in the Eurostar terminal.[1]

Granada (1995–2000)[edit]

In 1996, catering and broadcasting conglomerate Granada successfully mounted a hostile takeover for the Forte group.[14][16] The Welcome Break chain was sold by Granada, with the Little Chefs at those motorway service areas becoming a similar table-service restaurant, branded as Red Hen. High prices earned the chain the nickname "Little Thief".[17]

In 1998, Granada bought AJ's Family Restaurants, another Little Chef rival, from the Celebrated Group and converted all of its fifteen sites to Little Chefs.[18] AJ's had originally been set up in 1986 by two Happy Eater directors, following their sale to Forte.[18]

Compass (2000–2002)[edit]

A restaurant in Eastham, Merseyside in 2006, which would become a victim of the 2012 closure programme.
An abandoned Little Chef in Leebotwood, Shropshire, pictured in 2006. Now a bridal store.
A Little Chef breakfast in 2007.

In 2000, Granada merged with the Compass Group to form Granada Compass, but the two demerged in 2001, leaving Little Chef as part of Compass.[19] At about this time, some Little Chefs began serving Harry Ramsden's meals,[20][21] a cross-branding exercise undertaken by Compass, who also owned Harry Ramsden's, though this serving ended in June 2004.[22]

Permira (2002–2005)[edit]

The private equity investment company Permira bought Travelodge and Little Chef from Compass Group in December 2002 for £712 million,[23] forming a special purpose vehicle called TLLC Group Holdings.[24] The Little Chefs alongside Moto service station, formerly named Granada motorway service areas and owned[25] by Compass until 2006,[19] were owned by Moto and operated as franchised outlets.[1]

In August 2004, Little Chef announced a plan to change its logo, to a slimmer version of "Fat Charlie," the chain's mascot.[26] Little Chef's chief executive Tim Scoble said that this was "the start of a reimage programme for Little Chef" since the chain "has become a little bit dated", but now wishes to "take it forward into the 21st century".[26] CEO Scoble added, "We get accusations that [Fat Charlie]'s overweight and a lot of people have also written in to say it was a small child carrying hot food, which they said was dangerous".[27] However, the idea was dropped after 15,000 customers complained.[27]

In 2005, it was announced by Permira that 130 under-performing restaurants were to be closed, reducing the chain to 234 restaurants. Prior to that, Compass had been gradually reducing the number of restaurants, from well over 400 at one time. During 2005, Travelodge Hotels Ltd (the new name for TLLC) made various announcements about the sale of some or all of the restaurants, until, in October 2005, the chain was sold to The People's Restaurant Group Ltd, who planned to "modernise" the restaurants and introduce self-service.

Also in 2005, the five Little Chef restaurants in Ireland were sold off to new operators, and the Little Chefs were rebranded. The two Dublin ones became "Metzo" restaurants, while the three others Eddie Rocket's restaurants.

The People's Restaurant Group (2005–2007)[edit]

In 2005, the company was sold to catering entrepreneurs Lawrence Wosskow and Simon Heath[24] for £58 million.[28] TLLC held on to Travelodge,[29] and The People's Restaurant Group Ltd was founded by the new owners of Little Chef, who continued trading under that name.[30]

In March 2006, the People's Restaurant Group sold 65 of its sites under a leaseback deal for £59 million[31][32] to Israeli property group Arazim.[33]

Changes introduced during 2006 included the opening of coffee shops under the brand "Coffee Tempo!" within several larger branches. These grab-and-go units were developed by Nick Smith, who'd joined Little Chef as development director after leading the design and implementation of the Wild Bean Café format at BP petrol stations. Little Chef also introduced a takeaway menu. Both initiatives were aimed to increase the brand's appeal to customers unwilling to spend time waiting for table service.

In December 2006, it was reported that Little Chef was undergoing serious financial problems; the business was said to be losing around £3m a year.[34] struggling to keep up with rent payments[34] Furthermore, entrepreneur and Little Chef investor Lawrence Wosskow suffered a heart attack.[35] His ill health did not allow him to help turn the company around.[34] On 21 December, Little Chef announced it was in "urgent" rescue talks with a group of American investors, to secure funding.[35][36] It had been suggested at the time that PricewaterhouseCoopers was on standby to act as administrators for the company; however, a source close to the company was quoted as saying, "We are still very hopeful that this situation can be resolved."[36] At the time, the People's Restaurant Group was being advised by KPMG's corporate-recovery arm.[34][36]

In December 2006, Little Chef was taken into administration.[37] The company was rescued on 3 January 2007 by the private equity group R Capital, which paid "less than £10 million." Of the 235 branches, 38 were not included in the sale and were closed immediately,[38] while the remaining ones continued to operate normally.

RCapital (2007–2013)[edit]

By December 2007, a number of sites not leased from Travelodge or Arazim, Little Chef's two main landlords, closed, as Little Chef had not been able to reach an agreement with them. All the franchised outlets at Moto sites closed down between 2008 and 2010, many of which being replaced by Costa Coffee.

In 2009, celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal appeared in a Channel 4 documentary programme to revamp the Little Chef chain; the programme was broadcast from 19 to 21 January,[39] and involved Blumenthal introducing a new menu and organising a refit at the village of Popham outlet, near Basingstoke. The trial was successful, with a promise from the owner that none of the dishes would change without Blumenthal's consent. Heston Blumenthal returned to Popham in February 2009 to review progress, and the owner promised that, if there was a profit within three months, the redesigned format would be spread to all branches. Furthermore, two more former Little Chef branches, in Ings and Malton. would reopen. It was later announced that a further two Little Chefs, at York and Kettering, would be refurbished in the style of the trial in Popham.

In 2011, a further ten new concept restaurants opened at Doncaster, Markham Moor North, Shrewsbury, Black Cat, Fontwell, Weston on the Green North, Wisley South, Ilminster, Podimore and Amesbury with a view to investing £20 million in updating the brand across the estate.[40] New menus had been introduced and restaurants had been refurbished based on the style which Blumenthal designed in 2009. A full rebranding exercise was undertaken by venturethree,[41] which was hailed as a "success" by the graphic design sector.[42] As part of its modernisation, the company used its new branding to create a presence on Facebook.[43] and Twitter.[44]

A Good-to-Go deli offering was introduced in the new concept restaurants, making bespoke sandwiches as well as takeaway meals appealing to customers on the move. Good-to-Go's sat alongside the traditional sit-down Little Chef format.

In May 2011, the company reported a 47% increase in food sales.[45]

On 11 January 2012, Little Chef announced it planned to close 67 of "failing" restaurants, that would result in the loss of up to 600 jobs.[46] On 7 February 2012, RCapital announced it was putting the Little Chef chain through "a pre-pack administration to offload a number of toxic leases". Graham Sims, the chairman of Little Chef, said that suppliers and other unsecured creditors would suffer from the decision to put the chain through this process, which had been taken "reluctantly." He expected job losses to be at the lower end of the previously announced range of "500 to 600." The business was to refocus on a core of 95 profitable sites.[47]

By January 2012, 11 Little Chefs had been converted to the Blumenthal format.[48]

In April 2012, chairman Graham Sims stated, "Everyone remembers Little Chef from the 1970s, with curtains at the windows and wooden tables. It worked well for twenty or thirty years but frankly it hasn't kept pace with the evolution of the retail market. It lost its way. We've gone through three or four owners in 10 years and none of them have really taken the tough decisions to sort out the assets, the cost base, and bring up the offer for the 21st century."[49] In Sims' view, some of the owners had treated the company as "a cash cow, looking for the traditional quick in and out".[49]

In May 2012, Little Chef closed its headquarters in Sheffield, outsourcing its operational day-to-day support to Lt Pubs Limited in Norfolk, as well as its marketing and PR to Parker Hobart.[50][51] The Barnsdale Bar South branch closed in 2012; however, for a short time, the former restaurant would house Little Chef's IT department. In September 2021, the company announced plans to entirely franchise.[52]

In April 2013, R Capital announced it would seek a buyer for the Little Chef business of 78 outlets, from Scotland to Cornwall, all of which were claimed to be profitable, a claim denoting an ostensible successful restructuring. The sale was expected to have a price tag of "tens of millions of pounds."[53]

In June 2013, Little Chef announced that it drops Heston Blumenthal's creations from its menus. Little Chef spokesman Richard Hillgrove was quoted as saying, "Heston originally approached us to do his Channel 4 show about how he was going to save Little Chef. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But he took everything away from its core."[54]

Kout Food Group (2013–2017)[edit]

In August 2013, R Capital sold Little Chef to Kuwaiti firm Kout Food Group, which continued revamping restaurants, as well as adding Subway concessions to some, and returning Burger King back into some of the sites that had them before, such as in Penrith and Ely. In 2014, Little Chef lost more restaurants in places such as Dreghorn (in January 2014), Royston (March 2014), and Whiddon Down (October 2014). Whiddon Down's was one of he busiest Little Chefs in the southwest; after it was closed, the company operated a restaurant out of a quieter location, Sourton Cross. By 2014, around 14 restaurants had received full "Wonderfully British" refurbishments.

The group continued to invest in its locations, the last of which being in Warminster in May 2016, which was given a large refurbishment.[55] The chain also ran a Summer of Big Wins prize competition.

Euro Garages (2017–2018)[edit]

In February 2017, Kout Food Group sold, for £16 million, all 70 Little Chef sites to Euro Garages, along with one year's license for them to operate under the Little Chef brand. The sale included 8 former Little Chef sites that had been transformed into standalone Burger King locations.[56] The stated vision for Euro Garages was to convert, by January 2018, all Little Chef sites to their franchise partners' brands, such as Starbucks and Greggs.

“As you might have heard in the news, Little Chef has recently joined the Euro Garages family. This site will undergo a complete refurbishment into a Starbucks coffee shop which will open in May 2017. We have been serving you our delicious Olympic breakfasts, Works Burgers and Pancakes since the 80's and we have done this with all the passion and pride our staff could give you. We would like to thank you for your valued custom over the years. As always, and since 1958, we wish you a safe journey home.”

—Notice at Balhaldie South restaurant, which closed in March 2017.

Immediately upon purchasing the sites, operations at Euro Garages removed alcohol from sale, due to their owners' policy and ethical concerns regarding serving alcohol to motorists, as well as reducing many of the sites' operating hours from closing at 10 pm, to closing at 3 pm.[57][58] Sites such as in Winterbourne Abbas, Axminster, and Dolgellau, closed soon after the acquisition. In July 2017, Euro Garages closed two prime locations, the Blumenthal-remodelled in Popham, and in Barton Stacey.[59]

During that period, the Little Chef brand suffered online criticism in platforms such as Tripadvisor, with complaints concerning "poor quality" food and the buildings not being kept clean.[60] There were also complaints from Little Chef staff that they were not being kept informed on the transformation process regarding their sites, and that their long-standing service to Little Chef had been ignored.[61]

The closure process of Little Chef was scheduled to be complete before the end of 2017, but was postponed until early 2018 due to timing problems. The license agreement for the brand expired at the end of January 2018, causing Euro Garages to temporarily rename all remaining Little Chef locations to "EG Diner" until they could be converted into their partner brands.[62] All EG Diners that were not rebranded closed by October 2018.[7]


The defunct brand is currently owned by Kout Food Group, which also own the Happy Eater and Coffee Tempo! trademarks. Accounts previously filed show an interest in franchising the Little Chef brand in the future.[63]

In 2019, Edwin Coe, then solicitors for Kout Food Group, threatened to sue chef Matei Baran if he did not cease his £600 application for a "Big Chef, Little Chef" trademark for an upcoming book. Baran changed the title to Big Chef, Mini Chef.[64] Later in 2019, a company called "Little Chef Ltd" was ordered to have its name changed.[65]

Until October 2022, the Little Chef website remained operational, still featuring the 2015 menu and a list of locations, all of which had closed.[66]

In November 2022, Loungers announced they were launching Brightside Roadside Dining to fill the gap in the market created by the demise of Little Chef and Happy Eater.[67][68] In February 2023, the company's first roadside diner opened in a former Little Chef unit on the A38 to Exeter in Kennford, Devonshire.[69]

In popular culture[edit]

The 1998 British comedy film Still Crazy makes repeated reference to a band member overdosing in a Little Chef.[70]

The Frazier Chorus song "Little Chef", on their album Sue, references Happy Eater.[71]

Cabaret group Fascinating Aïda have performed a comic song about the franchise, called "Little Chef".[72]

A December 2004 episode of the British sitcom Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere featured the Haydock Little Chef in which Billy 'The Butcher' Shannon (Craig Cheetham) threatens the waitress (Alex Hall) with a gun in order for him and his friends to be served after closing time.[73][74]


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