Address and Onsite InformationEdit
ADDRESS: A1 Southbound, Alwalton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE7 3UG
ONSITE FACILITIES: Starbucks Drive Thru, Travelodge (Book Room)
Opened in 1962/63 alongside BP's night Owl filling station, the site was originally known as Peterborough with the name changed to Alwalton in the mid 1970s. In its heyday, Alwalton was something of a celebrity in Little Chef terms as it claimed to be the oldest Little Chef site to survive up until the demise of the chain in 2018. However, eagle eyed spotters will realise that the restaurant building is in fact much newer, sporting the red brick, double-fronted house style of the mid 1980s to early 90s. This can probably be attributed to the various changes to the site over the years. The filling station closed in 1980/81 and a Little Chef Lodge, now Travelodge, was added in 1986/87 and it is thought that, due to the additional space and the planned lodge construction, the opportunity was taken to rebuild the restaurant at the same time. The adjacent Travelodge has the name of Peterborough Alwalton hotel.
Owing to its prime location beside the busy A1, Forte wasted no time in adding a Little Chef Coffee stop to the building in the early 90s while Granada, during their ownership of Little Chef, built an extension to it in the mid 90s to house a Burger King alongside the Little Chef. This closed in the mid 2000s but was resurrected in 2014 by new owners Kout Food Group.
Given how many Little Chef closures there have been in the last 10 years and how many empty former restaurants still litter the A1, management became concerned that people may think that the brand had gone altogether and just drive past Alwalton. Their answer was to amend the Little Chef roadside totem to read "Little Chef is open and ready to serve you 7am to 10pm daily". This seemed to work as it managed to remain open for a few more years until 2018 when Little Chef's journey came to an end.
The Little Chef closed in January 2018 following the loss of rights to the brand by owners Euro Garages and was replaced by EG Diner. However, the EG Diner and Burger King closed on 23 May 2018. After remaining vacant for over a year, the restaurant was later demolished and replaced with a Starbucks Drive Thru.