When Forte originally got hold of the site between 1986 and 1988 it was opened as a Happy Eater. The site has been given a multitude of names over the years. When first planned it was set to be called Carcroft but the name changed to Doncaster when the Little Chef replaced the Happy Eater in 1996/7. The site even had the alternative name of Skellow as the village of Skellow was very nearby to the site.
In terms of facilities, there was the perfect combination of Little Chef, Travelodge and a Texaco petrol station. When it changed to a Little Chef it received a Little Chef Coffee Stop but also became one of a series of pilot sites designed to encourage more evening diners. To do this it received air conditioning, an uprated interior with softer lighting and blue branding, as opposed to Little Chef's traditional red to set it apart from standard sites. However, once Granada took over, this was changed back to traditional red. A Burger King was also added by Granada, although it was closed by the mid 2000s. It was replaced by a Coffee Tempo! which in turn was gone by 2011.
The Doncaster branch has always rivalled the Barnsdale Bar branch which was located a few miles north on the A1. However, given its superior location, more modern interior and greater choice of facilities, Doncaster was always the more popular choice and, when one branch had to go, it was Barnsdale Bar that closed.......twice!
In 2011, Doncaster was renovated and became one of the "Wonderfully British" sites. Wonderfully British was the follow-on, slightly tweaked version of the "Hestonised" site with slightly different interior finishes, new branding (Charlie lost his tray and instead had his arms open to welcome visitors) and Little Chef's new "grab and go" take-away option known as Good to Go.
In June 2015, Kout Food Group resurrected the Burger King at Doncaster, which now trades alongside the Little Chef.