Late last year and early this year my wife and I visited every Little Chef we could before they started to close. We managed to get around 41 in total finishing up at the Warminster branch. I have photographs of the outside of each branch we visited - we managed to interview staff about their experiences and memories too. The plan is to build up a bit of an archive of photographs and memories and present it back to people. We have a blog here: everylittlechef.tumblr.com and have started an instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/every_little_chef/
If you have anything you would like to share feel free to get in touch over instagram. It's such a shame that they have all closed now but hopefully we can try and preserve as much as possible.
I was just wondering where you had heard that both Kettering branches had closed. They were both open as of 31 March, so I'm not sure that they've closed down and if they have, then it almost definitely wasn't in March. Obviously they are all closing soon anyway, which is a massive shame!
Ever so sorry for the late reply! Motorway Services Online confirmed that the Ketterings had closed in April. Very very sad indeed. I can confirm that Northop Hall has also gone as well. A picture was sent to me of NH and it's all boarded up. It's the end of a great British institution
Thanks for all your contributions and edits over the last few days! I'm going to be quite busy over the next couple of weeks so I won't be doing much in the way of edits etc. I was thinking we should probably split pages like Markham Moor into their separate branches. I tried this out with Barnsdale Bar yesterday and it seemed to work quite well.
Anyway, really good job on all the work you've done! I agree with you that when it's nearly complete, we should post it on the Facebook page as it will be a great source of Little Chef information!
You are very welcome for my contributions and Shandiness has given some excellent information just as well as we all have. I might be away for a bit as well to study for exams as I am a GCSE student but I will do my best to contribute as much as I can! Yeah, I think we can split the Markham Moor branches and I will get Alan to add some of his knowledge!
Yeah Alan has provided the wiki with some fantastic information so far. I find it fascinating that he has so much interesting information and knowledge about Little Chef. I've deleted the Markham Moor and created a new Markham Moor North page so feel free to add any information to that.
As we have recently made separate pages for dual sided Little Chef restaurants, I was thinking if you could delete the South Cave page and I could make South Cave East and West pages. I also had an idea where we could create a page called 'Find a Little Chef' which would have a map and pinpoints. The maps extension would need to be enabled though.
I agree that we should definitely separate the South Cave page into the individual branches. I was thinking maybe we should do the same for Rainton as well? In terms of the maps extension, it's funny that you mention it because I had the same idea the other day and contacted a member of the Wikia staff to try and enable it for us! Hopefully they should get back to us in the next few days.
Great! I can build the map page once the extension is enabled. I'll crack on with the south cave pages right now. With Rainton though, we would have to copy and paste the information and transfer it into appropriate branches. Keep Rainton for now and I'll see if I can get in touch with Alan too to help us out
Brilliant. I always thought a map would be excellent. It'll be really good for helping to identify clusters too
When i was trying to work out the postcodes for a lot of the old sites I managed to work out locations so we should have a good few. Do you want me to share my Little Chef spreadsheet with you? Is there a good e-mail address? It gives descriptions of how to find most of the sites too
Alan, that sounds fantastic! I would love to see the spreadsheet so if you could send it to firstname.lastname@example.org that would be great! The location details will be really handy when it comes to using the map extension.
Oliver, that's great news! I've been experimenting with the mapeditor tool which works really well as it allows you to pinpoint an exact location then export the co-ordinates as wikicode. I tried out my local branch (Fontwell) and it seems to have worked well. I'll try copying it over to the page in a minute.
Quick question. You know the google map pinpoints and that when you click on a pinpoint a small bubble with the location details appears next to it, I was wondering how to get a pinpoint bubble with a title when you click the pinpoint. Do you know the code. Thing is that I'm working on the wiki from a tablet, therefore I can only do it by code.
There doesn't seem to be a clear way to create a title. The best way I can think of doing it would be to make the first line of text bold, which can be done by adding three apostrophes either side of the text you wish to make bold e.g Fontwell. I've created a test page which I'll use to test out the maps extension. I'm not sure whether it's due to it being a new extension on the wiki but I've had a few problems with the map failing to load. Hopefully it sorts itself out soon.
I think for now its best to delete the Find a Little Chef page. It doesnt seem to work at the moment amd i think its best if we use your test page and transfer the code to the actual page in the future.
Some good news for you: all of the current Little Chef Locations are now on the map. All of the locations are accurate as I have used the correct coordinates of the location.
I think now is the time to start creating separate branch pages for Rainton and possibly Sutton Scotney. I think I'll do Rainton North and you do Rainton South? Don't delete Rainton until the information has been transferred to both pages.
I have transferred the Sutton Scotney information into its separate branches. So the old Sutton Scotney page can now be deleted. Also, the information on both Sutton Scotney pages are the exaft same so it might need to be worded differently or is it OK in your opinion?
I've transferred the information from the Milton Keynes page to a new page as I believe that the Little Chef you were referring to is in fact that Wavendon Gate branch. I'm also not sure about the opening year(s) as I thought it opened slightly later than that. It might be that I've recorded it wrong so let me know where you found the opening year(s) and hopefully we can try and work it out!
Ok, the transfer is good. I always saw web references saying it was called Wavendon Gate. As for the opening, I assumed that it opened between 1988 and 1992 due to the building design but it might of opened later as Milton Keynes is a new town. But yeah, I'm sure we can work it out
Just to let you know, I've been experiencing problems with the editor (hence the lack of edits). I'm not sure why but it keeps freezing every time I try to edit a page. On the odd occasion that it doesn't freeze the page seems to become jumbled with random large spaces appearing within the page. I usually use Chrome but I tried Firefox to see if it was a browser issue but that did not work either. It seems to be working on IE so I guess I'll have to use that from now on.
Also, good job on the edits. The wiki is really starting to grow!
No need to worry about the lack of edits! To be honest, all I've been doing is editing existing pages to give them more information. Yeah I agree with you, the wiki has grown rapidly and it will soon be the ultimate Little Chef guide!
I've deleted the pages. It looks like someone had confused Little Chef with Bob the Builder!! Not quite sure how that's possible but they've been removed anyway.
I've been busy the last couple of weeks, but I should hopefully be back editing later this week. You've done a great job with the pages and we nearly have all the Current Little Chef pages completed.
I was also wondering whether you have heard any more news about Halkyn? I heard it was meant to close mid-March and re-open as a Burger King in mid-April. Has it actually closed now or is it still open for business?
Sorry it took me so long to reply to you. I was going to message you and tell you about this Wiki but Happyeater1996 beat me to it, You guys have been really busy and the wiki looks great. Happyeater1996 contacted me about a month ago to ask me about this and it's something I'd wanted to do for years but never quite got round to so it's great that you've both taken the initiative. Naturally I'm more than happy to help and I reckon we're going to have a great resource by the time we're finished. Just going through some of your creations just now and adding in anything I can. I have a tonne of stuff for Colsterworth for you!
I've looked at your information and it looks fab! I looked at your photos of Little Chef on Flickr and it seems like myself you are a Little Chef Enthusiast! We would like your information on the wiki to help grow it to a much further level.
I closed my old wiki down (couldn't really do it on my own lol) and decided to help with this one!
We need as much information as we can from you Shandiness! Also, do you know anything about the Hogs Back and have any pics of it?? I went there as a child and its sadly gone
I've also edited: Bebington, Bramshott Chase, Grange Moor, Ivetsey Bank, Somerford and Barton Stacey. However, the information is quite small. I need your help to find information on these branches!! Also, please check other pages and add some more information that you know!
Sorry, I should have been clearer in my last e-mail. I'm Alan Simpson that does Little Chef of the week on Facebook. Shandiness is the name I use for Flickr. It's a strange one that sort of stuck from the uni days.
I am totally happy with anything I've put on Flickr being used. I don't know if the whole thing about rights reseved is just a standard thing that Flickr put on but I have no problem with it at all. If anyone complains I can always just say that I had them on my computer still anyway from when i took them.
yes, i am a proper Little Chef nut. I always liked LC and like so many have grown up with them and always associate them with freedom, holidays, roadtrips and treat food. Basically happy times and simple pleasures!
I think I probably became truly anorakish when i found all the free maps I'd collected over the years and realised that, with so many ownership changes, I probably had more historical info than Little Chef do now and certainly more info about old sites. I started trying to find every site that ever existed in 2008 and I'm still going. However, I've found out a lot and met some amazing people through it so it has fed my hobby somewhat!
I've posted a list of sites to the Wiki and the historical timeline and I have a huge excel spreadsheet that has everything I know about them so I'm more than happy to keep adding to the Wiki. It's a great idea and it'll be so good to have everything about them in one place on the web.
Just created Barnsdale Bar and edited some other pages. Please check them out and see if you can use your legendary Little Chef information to extend some of the pages as they currently have short amounts of information!
Created a few more pages: Weston on the Green North and South, Alnwick, Markfield and Bardon Mill. Could you please check them and correct any information that is wrong. Also, they may needa little bit more of information.
Could you please check out the New Fox North page. I think some information could be wrong. I try to edit it but can't word
It correctly and as your good at wording things
I thought you'd be able to help edit New Fox North
I have created the Malton page and explained that it was the second on the A64 to open and presumed that Bramham (A64 near Tadcaster) was already operating at the time of Malton opening. Is this correct? Do you know when Bramham opened? Also please check out the Malton page to see if it is OK
Hello, just a quick word. I noticed that the image of Alwalton that you uploaded earlier can be found here. Unfortunately, this image displays the text 'All Rights Reserved' below it meaning it cannot be used without the creator's permission so it will have to be removed. It is possible to use images like this under the Fair Use law but it can become quite complicated and only takes one individual to argue that it isn't 'fair use' and report us. In future, it's best to check the licence that an image has. Do you know where you got the other photos from?
Sorry for this! Didn't know about this. Your answer to where I get the other images from: I go onto streetview and screen shot the Little Chef buildings. I sometimes use earlier streetview images to get a pic of the Little Chefs before they closed.
Do you also reckon that you could review my pages to see if they make sense and change them around if you don't.
On each photo on Flickr, it should say either 'All Rights Reserved' or 'Some Rights Reserved'. If it says 'All Rights Reserved', then you need the creator's permission to use the photo. If it says 'Some Rights Reserved', then you can click on this and you will be taken to the Creative Commons website which will state what you are allowed to do with the image. If it says you are free to share the image, then it can be used on the wiki.