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DefunctSeptember 2016
Area served
United Kingdom
ProductsFood and beverages
WebsiteTaybarns.com (now Brewers Fayre)

Taybarns was a British low cost all-you-can-eat restaurant chain owned by Whitbread, modelled on the Golden Corral chain in the United States.[citation needed] Customers paid on arrival and could eat as much food as they liked from a thirty four metre long food counter.[1] As with most buffets,[citation needed] there was a lower price at lunchtime than evenings, and a slightly higher charge was levied at weekends and during bank holidays.[2][3]

In March 2016, it was announced that following a strategic corporate review, all Taybarns Restaurants would close and convert to pub restaurants of Brewers Fayre.[citation needed] When the South Shields Taybarns closed on 13 September 2016, the business became defunct.


The seven Taybarns restaurants were in Barnsley, Coventry, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Gateshead, South Shields, Swansea, and Wigan.[4]

In October 2009, the company made public its intention to expand rapidly, as did Fos, with CEO Martin Howe stating that some Brewers Fayre pubs would be converted to the Taybarns brand and up to thirty new restaurants to open the following year.[5] However, the company was unable to open new restaurants, due to the high costs of such extensive refurbishments[citation needed] and in 2016, it was announced that all seven sites would be returned to the Brewers Fayre brand.[1]


  1. ^ a b Prince, Daniel (18 March 2016). "Final months for Taybarns as owners convert restaurant into pub food venue". Shields Gazette. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Menu" (PDF). www.taybarns.com. Whitbread Group PLC. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  3. ^ Rich, Tim (28 July 2009). "How Taybarns tasted success". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Location finder". www.taybarns.com. Whitbread Group PLC. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  5. ^ Kent, Tamsyn (26 October 2009). "Rise of the all-you-can-eat restaurant". BBC News. Retrieved 7 July 2010.

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