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Buckland
Buckland
Name Buckland
Number 368
Year Opened 1991/92
Year Closed 2012
Road A420
Location Buckland, Faringdon
County Oxfordshire
Postcode SN7 8PY

The Buckland branch was a former Little Chef restaurant located on the A420 near Buckland, Oxfordshire. 

Located just down the A420 road near Faringdon lies the Buckland service station, which opened with a BP filling station and Little Chef restaurant in 1991/92. The Little Chef opened up inside of a modern looking building with lightly toned bricks and a sloping roof, making it look attractive to travellers as it was a lot more up to date and inviting compared to a lot of the older 70s branches which although were inviting, they were very old fashioned for the modern day era! As for the interior, it sported the typical red curtains, lampshades and purple furniture and offered a retail shop too.

In terms of location, Buckland was in a great place. For starters, it had the ability to serve both sides of the A420, meaning that all traffic could easily stop over and enjoy a meal before completing their long journeys to their destinations. Also, the restaurant was located in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, was very near to the Cotswolds and the Chilterns and was in a very rural area, therefore diners could enjoy the surrounding countryside whilst enjoying a nice meal. It was the perfect place for a Little Chef really.

Sadly in 2012, RCapital announced that 67 unsuccessful Little Chef outlets would close permanently, one of which was Buckland. It was gone by February that year.

Sometime after the closure of the Little Chef, it reopened as an American themed diner. However, this closed sometime later and the building is now vacant again.

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