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I get the feeling that Little Chef are in trouble. They have already closed many sites and have said that they are concentrating on keeping the remaining ones but I have heard recently of several more closures, some of which had charging which is now no longer available for us to use.

I cannot remember the details so if you want to use a charging station at a Little Chef I would recommend that you check first if itis still there and working.
 

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They made sense when people drove old cars on A roads that made you so tired and hungry that you had to stop off and have some greasy food every couple of hours. Not to mention having to get out and breathe some fresh air because the exhaust pipe was leaking through the rust holes in the floor.

These days people want to drive on motorways and keep driving rather than stop off for a sit down, Little Chef has just become obsolete. It's possible their charging could have saved them, but the EV revolution hasn't come quickly enough.
 

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One of the Little Chefs that closed a while ago was run for a while as an independent diner, it is now a Starbucks:confused:

The burning question is how is it that a company who only sells coffee and some cakes make a go of it yet a company that sells food as well can't make it work.:confused:

Would this have something to do with Starbucks tax arrangements :rolleyes:
 

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One of the Little Chefs that closed a while ago was run for a while as an independent diner, it is now a Starbucks:confused:
The one on the A41 by the M53 turned into a Starbucks. It has coaches and cars in there all the time. Maybe it's the free wifi for all the business people who don't want to go to the office and can nurse a coffee for 8 hours.
 

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The one on the A41 by the M53 turned into a Starbucks. It has coaches and cars in there all the time. Maybe it's the free wifi for all the business people who don't want to go to the office and can nurse a coffee for 8 hours.
It's a sad state of affairs when a mocha choca latte espresso with caramel sauce, milk and ice topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce trumps a full English breakfast.:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
 

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One of the Little Chefs that closed a while ago was run for a while as an independent diner, it is now a Starbucks:confused:

The burning question is how is it that a company who only sells coffee and some cakes make a go of it yet a company that sells food as well can't make it work.:confused:

Would this have something to do with Starbucks tax arrangements :rolleyes:
I think it's twofold.
1) little chef got famous for serving crap food
2) Starbucks is 'cooler' than little thief
 

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They seem to be stuck in the 1970s. Going for a niche like gluten free, vegetarian and vegan travellers might be a novel way to survive.
 

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Ah! the Olympic Breakfast! It seems to me wherever you find a Travelodge, you're likely to have a Little Chef nearby.

I still think wistfully about Happy Eater.
 

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Thankfully there are some cafes out there that can make a go of it, some of my favourites for that all important full English;)

Super Sausage
Jackshill Café
Willoughby Café
Salt Box
 

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I stopped using Little Chef when they replaced the bottomless pot with a cafetiere of instant coffee.
I don't use Starbucks either. They are overrated, overpriced and undertaxed.
My current caffeine fix is generally provided by Costa. Coffee is more palatable (but still overpriced). I don't know if they pay enough tax.
 

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I stopped using Little Chef when they replaced the bottomless pot with a cafetiere of instant coffee.
I don't use Starbucks either. They are overrated, overpriced and undertaxed.
My current caffeine fix is generally provided by Costa. Coffee is more palatable (but still overpriced). I don't know if they pay enough tax.
Does putting instant coffee in a cafetiere make it taste better?
 

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AbsolutelyOTE="Rory166, post: 352079, member: 777"]Does putting instant coffee in a cafetiere make it taste better?[/QUOTE]
Absolutely not. Tasted like diesel. The only benefit was you no longer had to pick the coffee grounds out of your teeth (because the filter was invariably broken)!
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I think it's twofold.
1) little chef got famous for serving crap food
2) Starbucks is 'cooler' than little thief
That's about it.
Four decades ago it was a fun convenient place for us to stop with our young daughter.
Trouble is LC got stuck in that era. Now it is so dated and boring with an old fashioned menu and an environment that is not comfortable by today's standards.
The lesson for a service business is to evolve with trends and needs - or fail.
That's about it.
 
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