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Name Guildford
Number 400
Year Opened 1988/89
Year Closed 2009
Road A3
Location Onslow Village, Guildford
County Surrey
Postcode GU2 7RZ

The Guildford branch was a former Little Chef restaurant located on the southbound side of the A3 near Onslow Village, Guildford, Surrey.

Address and Onsite InformationEdit


Address: A3 Southbound, Onslow Village, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7RZ

Onsite Facilities: American Golf


Opened in 1988/89, the Little Chef at Guildford was built at a decent site. Not only was it positioned next to a busy dual carriageway which served a lot of long distance traffic heading to the South Coast but it was also positioned right next to the large town of Guildford and right next to Onslow Village, a densely populated suburb of the area so there was always the chance of attracting locals to the Little Chef as well as fellow traffic on the A3. The restaurant was also built alongside a BP filling station which presented a great opportunity for Little Chef to attract additional custom from the facility. It was basically the perfect Little Chef site in other words. 

Built in Little Chef's house style of the late 80s to mid 90s, with the pitched roof, double front and red brick walls, this branch is typical of the era apart from the branding. In any other site of this era the words "Little Chef" appear in red and white on the front of the building yet here there is only the circular logos.

From 2006 onwards, the service area went downhill. In 2006/07, the site lost its BP filling station, leaving the Little Chef to soldier on alone. After the closure of the BP, the Little Chef started to face problems as the number of customers visiting the restaurant started to decrease and the restaurant became less busier as time went on. Sadly, It all came to an end in 2009 when RCapital decided, without warning, to close two Little Chef branches that were deemed to be underperforming with Guildford being sadly one of the two. The other casualty was South Cave West

Happily, all was not lost as the Little Chef reopened as an American Golf branch in 2009/10. Some eagle eye spotters will notice that an extension was built to the back of the American Golf building after the Little Chef closed. The American Golf is still operating today and it is proving to be doing a fairly good trade.

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