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Old Feb 27th 2005, 3:26 pm
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I was saddened to read that the "Little Chef" chain in the UK is up for sale.....and likely to be bought by a 'restaurant' chain such as MacDonalds.. The irony is that the owners think that the trend is now for 'healthier' menus....so why don't they just adapt them then?

I love going to the 'Little Chefs' when we're out and about on trips to Blighty....especially the 'all day breakfasts' that they serve... They also seemed to to have discount coupons in promotions with the national daily newspapers every Summer which were/are always good value.

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...303818,00.html
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That is kind of sad, I used to like Little Chef - apart from the prices, which were getting silly, I thought.
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How odd. I remember Little Chef as being over-priced, stinking of stale fags and cold grease, and serving all-day-breakfasts that had sat under a heat lamp until the grease-slick chips and egg had welded to the dirty plate!

...but I didn't go that often, as you can imagine. Perhaps it was an acquired taste.



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Originally Posted by Englishmum
I was saddened to read that the "Little Chef" chain in the UK is up for sale.....and likely to be bought by a 'restaurant' chain such as MacDonalds.. The irony is that the owners think that the trend is now for 'healthier' menus....so why don't they just adapt them then?

I love going to the 'Little Chefs' when we're out and about on trips to Blighty....especially the 'all day breakfasts' that they serve... They also seemed to to have discount coupons in promotions with the national daily newspapers every Summer which were/are always good value.

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...303818,00.html
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
I was saddened to read that the "Little Chef" chain in the UK is up for sale.....and likely to be bought by a 'restaurant' chain such as MacDonalds.. The irony is that the owners think that the trend is now for 'healthier' menus....so why don't they just adapt them then?

I love going to the 'Little Chefs' when we're out and about on trips to Blighty....especially the 'all day breakfasts' that they serve... They also seemed to to have discount coupons in promotions with the national daily newspapers every Summer which were/are always good value.

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...303818,00.html
That's sad. I never liked Little Chef, prefer Huddle House or Waffle House, but to me Little Chef = England.
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
I was saddened to read that the "Little Chef" chain in the UK is up for sale.....and likely to be bought by a 'restaurant' chain such as MacDonalds.. The irony is that the owners think that the trend is now for 'healthier' menus....so why don't they just adapt them then?

I love going to the 'Little Chefs' when we're out and about on trips to Blighty....especially the 'all day breakfasts' that they serve... They also seemed to to have discount coupons in promotions with the national daily newspapers every Summer which were/are always good value.

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...303818,00.html
The olympic breakfast has 27 weight watchers points.. as a 15 stone man at the time I could only have 26 points in a day - nuff said
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I always remember mountain biking around Thetford forest and then wasting all that exercise by stuffing our faces on the way home with a little chef fry up.
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Damn!

I was only in one - in Reigate - at Christmas, getting the Olympic Breakfast, for lunch. I never quite got their sausages though, the filling was too smooth - like the sausages you'd buy at Kwik-save. Sausage fillings should be coarse...
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So farewell Little Chef - just the mention of the name takes me back to family camping holidays in the late 70s and early 80s. My parents had a fondness for Little Chefs and an almost violent dislike for the rival Happy Eater, which was strange since I always thought both chains were very similar. My parents would always stop at a Little Chef on long journeys, but only if my dad could park our blue Marina estate right outside the window and watch it like a hawk throughout the meal, like anyone would ever try to steal our cheap family frame tent off the roof rack if it was parked out of sight.
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That's sad. I used to work in a Little Chef in Edinburgh - it wasn't too bad, as I remember it. I used to enjoy the meals on my breaks.

The lil one at Heathrow coach station, however, sucks bigtime! Had a brekkie there last month and it was cack. They didn't cook up the grub fresh, not like we used to up in Edinburgh.
I'm glad I wasn't paying for it.
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
I was saddened to read that the "Little Chef" chain in the UK is up for sale.....and likely to be bought by a 'restaurant' chain such as MacDonalds.. The irony is that the owners think that the trend is now for 'healthier' menus....so why don't they just adapt them then?

I love going to the 'Little Chefs' when we're out and about on trips to Blighty....especially the 'all day breakfasts' that they serve... They also seemed to to have discount coupons in promotions with the national daily newspapers every Summer which were/are always good value.

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...303818,00.html

we call them "little theif"......just went home for a couple weeks and went in one.......breakkie for 2 and 2 coffies almost 16 quid :scared:
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I have to say I love Little Chef, it has saved me on more than one occasion (especially the one on the A3 near Guildford). If they go I will miss them.

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Originally Posted by Englishmum
I was saddened to read that the "Little Chef" chain in the UK is up for sale.....and likely to be bought by a 'restaurant' chain such as MacDonalds.. The irony is that the owners think that the trend is now for 'healthier' menus....so why don't they just adapt them then?

I love going to the 'Little Chefs' when we're out and about on trips to Blighty....especially the 'all day breakfasts' that they serve... They also seemed to to have discount coupons in promotions with the national daily newspapers every Summer which were/are always good value.

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...303818,00.html
Yeah, I always remember when we would go on school trips in Junior School and on the way back we would chant "Little Chef. Little Chef. Little Chef" Until the driver just gave in and stopped at one. I stopped at one just before I emigrated, I must admit the prices were scandalous but those red building were just...... part of my childhood. I just hope McDonalds or Burger King take thm over.
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ya know, the first thing I noticed upon first entering Blighty was little chef and immediately thereafter.. how familiar he looked.. like a pillsbury doughboy cousin... While i've gone to a couple and wasn't really besotted, I do hope mc donalds or burger kind don't take them over and think it would be an end of an era kind of fing for them to change hands..
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Good ridance to bad rubbish is what I say. Over priced and under quality is what I found there. It is one of the reasons I didnt mind leaving rip off britain.

Little Chef was one of the reasons for the demise of the greasy joes cafe's where you could buy a good english breakfast with a large mug of tea. Sadly these type of establishments are the ones we should be mourning; who lost out to the marketing ability of Little Chef, Mcdonalds and co; and the gullibillity of the modern englishman

Little chef marketing is an idea bought from the states and is not english in my eyes. Let the god stand up for transport cafes and greasy joes the true english eating places
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