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Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Tacalabala » 11 Jan 2012, 17:25

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600 jobs to go, which is sad.

Had a meal at the Capel St Mary one (just before Ipswich) about 8 years ago, there were three staff and me. Had a bolognese, which was pretty nice actually, did have to wait about 15 minutes for the privilege mind. Sad, but inevitable I feel.

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Groomyd » 11 Jan 2012, 17:27

They are terrible places

Sad for the staff but great for the future of roadside food

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Tacalabala » 11 Jan 2012, 17:31

LC shouldn't be struggling though, it's a classic brand that hasn't been looked after/evolved and it's paid the price. OK, many of the locations were loony, but still.

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by blahblah » 11 Jan 2012, 17:33

Full of them here, and they lost their way with the demise of the Breakfast, and I waited forever at one of them :evil:

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by CanaryYellow » 11 Jan 2012, 17:37

No criticism of the quality whenever i have been but tiny portions, way over priced. Only surprise for me is how long its taken to happen.

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Groomyd » 11 Jan 2012, 17:41

True

Anyone see Heston blumental's struggle with their management ? :shock:

Dinosaurs :roll:

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Post by blahblah » 11 Jan 2012, 17:46

Looks like they are going for the Heston route.

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Post by kizkiz » 11 Jan 2012, 18:40

We recently stayed near york and there was little chef next to the travelodge.
The missus was obsessed with going in after seeing the heston blumenthal program
I have to admit it was very good. Value for money and tasty, fresh looking food in a decent portion.
The salad in my burger was obviously fresh and the chips appeared homemade
The missus liked the singing toilets the best :lol:

Have any of you been recently?

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by unc.si. » 11 Jan 2012, 18:43

Vowed about 20 years ago never to set foot inside a Little Chef ever again after being forced to eat in one near Northallerton.

Amazed they're still going.

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Razorback » 11 Jan 2012, 18:45

unc.si. wrote:Amazed they're still going.
I thought they'd all been closed down years ago :? ...

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by pottster » 11 Jan 2012, 18:49

Never been in one, never will

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Groomyd » 11 Jan 2012, 19:18

They are on A roads rather than motorways

F ing 303 has loads of them

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Post by blahblah » 11 Jan 2012, 19:19

And the A14 and A12. apparently they have the contract for the megafast London to Brum trains :wink:

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Post by barry » 11 Jan 2012, 19:26

a mate at work was just saying on Monday he was in one over the weekend, his exact words were "had a really nice meal in a little chef" - I said is that even possible??

he reliably informed me that all the food is prepared fresh and was decent value for money unlike all the other motorway services.... I'll take his word for that (and he is quite fussy!)

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Post by Groomyd » 11 Jan 2012, 19:29

blahblah wrote:And the A14 and A12. apparently they have the contract for the megafast London to Brum trains :wink:
Wouldnt get served in time :?

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Post by blahblah » 11 Jan 2012, 19:32

barry wrote:a mate at work was just saying on Monday he was in one over the weekend, his exact words were "had a really nice meal in a little chef" - I said is that even possible??

he reliably informed me that all the food is prepared fresh and was decent value for money unlike all the other motorway services.... I'll take his word for that (and he is quite fussy!)
To be fair, would anyone be disappointed going to one? It couldn't be as bad as imagined :lol:

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Jack72 » 11 Jan 2012, 19:34

No more Olympic Breakfasts :(

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by murf » 11 Jan 2012, 19:36

They are getting better for food quality but you still feel like a saddoe eating in there (especially on your own).

The 'Olympic' breakfast needs renaming though as the portion ain't that big. More of a 'Commonwealth Games' Breakfast.

The Heston ones actually have a worse menu (theres one on A14, a convenient spot for me if breaking up a morning drive to Brum).

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by grob » 11 Jan 2012, 19:42

Like most chains,the individual outlet's location can adversely affect their ability to recruit good staff.

The quality of the food served and pricing should be consistent however,and often it's the same snobbery that causes some people to vow never to set foot in a Macdonalds no matter how convenient it might be for them to do so,that means they don't get to judge for themselves.

Little Chef's demise is no cause for celebration in my view,as although it's a long time since I was last in one, the chain often provided a convenient stop off on motorway journeys,with customers knowing what they'll get for their money.

In such a fierce recession as we're presently experiencing, not everyone can afford to go up-market,as presumably the critics here of Little Chef's quality are able to afford to do - perhaps dining off motorways. We need choices,to provide competition.

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Post by fancy dan » 11 Jan 2012, 20:51

I stop regularly (well, 3 or 4 times a year) with the family at the Little Chef near Kettering on the A14 - it's a Heston one, and the food is excellent, nothing fancy (OK, apart from the braised ox cheeks), just simple food cooked well. Even my very food-fussy daughter loves it. If they roll this out to more branches, they might have a chance.

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Jonathan » 11 Jan 2012, 22:15

A bit on the pricey side but I have always enjoyed eating at a Little Chef. Bit of a family tradition to stop off to signal the start of a holiday. The food is always cooked fresh and they do a magic cherry pancake with icecream!

Not managed to find a Heston one yet, although I didn't realise the one in Kettering was, so I will be visiting there soon.

I think this is more closing down restaurants which aren't performing rather than a company in severe trouble, though. Big number of jobs to lose which is a shame.

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Post by blahblah » 12 Jan 2012, 11:46

Jonathan wrote:they do a magic cherry pancake with icecream!
I remember those from when I was a kid :lol:

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by unc.si. » 12 Jan 2012, 12:49

Magic cherries? Are they like magic mushrooms?

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by tommymooney » 14 Jan 2012, 12:23

the one on the a249 in Kent has become a 24hr indian restaurant - very odd!

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Tacalabala » 06 Dec 2017, 14:36

Just visited Burger King at Peterborough Alwalton which happens to be adjoined to a LC.

So depressing I could even bring myself to relieve myself in the loo.

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Zimmerman » 06 Dec 2017, 15:09

:shock:

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by mad dog » 06 Dec 2017, 15:52

Tacalabala wrote:
06 Dec 2017, 14:36
Just visited Burger King at Peterborough Alwalton which happens to be adjoined to a LC.

So depressing I could even bring myself to relieve myself in the loo.
Never had a wink in a LC myself either. Fair play for trying

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Zimmerman » 06 Dec 2017, 16:49

Was just lamenting on the fact I think I’ve only eaten in one once (had a pancake and ice cream in one in 1996). We went on to lose to United in the FA Cup final later that day.

I seem to think I might have considered a breakfast once but got scared off the £7-8 asking price or whatever it was at the time.

Anyway, according to wiki:

Number of locations
42 (September 2017) - 439 at peak

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by Tacalabala » 06 Dec 2017, 16:54

:lol: Are you suggesting there is causality between the two events Zim?

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Re: Little Chef to close 67 restaurants

Post by unc.si. » 06 Dec 2017, 17:01

In a similar vein there's a Wimpy in the middle of Nottingham. Thought they'd disappeared long ago, beaten into submission by Ronald but this one seems to be hanging in there (it's pretty crappy tbh, although I've never eaten in it)

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