|Location||Abington, South Lanarkshire|
The Abington South branch was a former Little Chef on the A74 dual carriageway south of Abington village.
The site was opened in 1980/81 and was the sister site to the existing Abington North restaurant, opened between 1968 and 1972. This marked the opening of the first Little Chef dual sided site in Scotland and another two followed, the third of which was also on the A74 at Johnstonebridge, about 20 miles south of Abington.
Abington however was an ideal stopping point. It was just south of the junction where the Edinburgh and Glasgow routes met the main road south so caught traffic to and from both cities and the south.
In the 1980s, the idea of upgrading the A74 to motorway had been formulated with construction beginning in the early 90s of the section south from Abington. This included a grade separated junction at Abington at the Glasgow/ edinburgh fork and Forte wasted no time in applying for planning permission for a motorway service area at this point. In 1992/3 it opened its new Welcome Break facility at Abington and closed its two Abington Little Chefs. However, this did not spell the end as Forte also opened a new Little Chef within the Welcome Break complex,alongside its Granary self service restaurant.
Today, Abington South Little Chef has been demolished but the site still lies vacant. A recent visit uncovered the original access roads and car park, all of which have still survived.