The Beckington branch was a former Little Chef branch at the Beckington service area on the A36 in Beckington, Somerset.
Address and Onsite FacilitiesEdit
ADDRESS: A36, Beckington, Somerset, BA11 6SF
ONSITE FACILITIES: Texaco, Smile (forecourt), Costa Express (forecourt), Car Wash, Starbucks, Travelodge (Book Room)
The Beckington service area opened in 1989/90 after the A36 bypass was constructed alongside the village. The bypass was ultimately built to the east of the village in 1989 as one of three locations decided. After the bypass was built, the service area opened on the Bath end of the bypass, at the entrance of the village. The Little Chef itself opened in 1994, as indicated by the commemorative plaque which use to be displayed inside the restuarant
The other facilities at the service area include a Travelodge and a Texaco filling station (which itself has a Smile shop, Costa Express and car wash).
The Little Chef had their Retail Shop. The totem poles featured the Little Chef logo at the top and also featured the smaller Retail Shop logo beneath it, with both logos featuring the mascot Charlie. For a while in the mid-late 2000s, a "Price Crash" logo was also placed in a roundel on the totem poles beside the Little Chef logo featuring Charlie. The roundels were removed but the holes where they were attached to the pole still remain.
In 2015, the restaurant received a minor refurbishment, in which the tables and chairs were replaced and the restaurant was given a fresh coat of paint
The Little Chef closed its doors at 12 noon on the 12th June 2017 following the Euro Garages takeover earlier in the year. The restaurant later reopened as a Starbucks.