Forres bervie chipper
Name Forres
Number 279
Year Opened 1984/85
Year Closed 2004
Road A96
Location Forres, Morayshire
County Moray
Postcode IV36 2SP

The Forres branch was a former Little Chef restaurant located on the A96 near Forres, Scotland.

The Little Chef opened in 1984/85 on the A96, just to the west of the town of Forres. Built in the house style of the 1970s/ early 80s, with the flat roof and the large funnel-like roof bulge, Forres may have looked like a typical Little Chef of the time but it was something of a celebrity in Little Chef circles. That was because, on opening, it instantly became Little Chef's furthest north outpost when it opened, snatching the crown from fellow A96 site Inverness. This was an accolade it kept throughout it's lifespan and a point that Little Chef frequently championed when they boasted of their UK coverage stretching from Forres in the Highlands to Hayle in Cornwall. 

For a large part of the 80s and 90s, the field beside the Little Chef used to play host to an elderly but very friendly white horse who proved popular with customers and a willing recipient of some of the Little Chef leftovers.

Sadly in 2004 Little Chef's then parents Permira of Canada put a host of sites up for sale and Forres was one of them, closing that same year and ending an era for Little Chef in the process,

It became a Steakhouse for a while and is now a branch of the Bervie Chipper (as is the former Little Chef at Brechin). 

Happily though the Little Chef legacy lives on. The building remains the same, the colouring is still red and white and the toilets and front door still play host to Little Chef signage. The Gents toilet even has a Travelodge poster from the early 2000s in it. 

So gone yes, but certainly not forgotten.

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