The Haydock branch is a current Little Chef restaurant located on the westbound side of the A580 near St Helens, Merseyside.
The Little Chef first opened in 1989/90 and was the third of the three sites to have opened on the A580 with the two other A580 branches (Astley and Knowsley) opening in the late 1960s. It opened alongside a filling station and was housed inside of the typical Little Chef house design of the era with the pitched roof, double front and red bricks. The Little Chef was also accompanied by a Travelodge in order to fully cater for the weary traveller
The Little Chef at Haydock proved to be one of the more successful Little Chef restaurants operating in the UK. Since its opening, Haydock fast became one of Little Chef's busiest sites. Also, the Little Chef has recieved a number of refurbishments and restaurant additions in the past.
Due to its prime location beside the busy A580, Forte wasted no time in adding a Little Chef Coffee Stop to the building in the early 90s while Granada, during their ownership of Little Chef, built an extension to it in the mid 90s to house a Burger King alongside the Little Chef. This closed in the mid 2000s but was happily resurrected in 2013 by new owners Kout Food Group.
The Little Chef then recieved the "New Choices" Makeover in 2002 giving it some smart new furniture and access to exciting menus from Harry Ramsdens, Upper Crust, Wiseguys Pizza and Caffe Ritazza. Nowadays it trades again as a standard Little Chef, but quite a smart one.
Along with the Little Chef at Astley, the exterior of the Haydock Little Chef appeared in the 2004 Peter Kay comedy, "Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere".
Today, the Little Chef at Haydock is the only restaurant to remain on the A580 with Knowsley closing between 2004 and 2006 and Astley closing in 2010. Sad to see these closures but at least the A580 still has one successful survivor!