|Year Opened||Pre 1968|
The Hogs Back branch was a former Little Chef restaurant located on the eastbound side of the A31 near Seale, Surrey.
The restaurant started as a transport cafe in a building that gave some fantastic views across the Hogs Back countryside facing towards surrounding areas and London could be seen on a clear day. By 1968, Little Chef's owners Trusthouses had got their hands on the building and opened the cafe as a Little Chef.
The restaurant operated until August 1993 as, by this time, the part of the A31 it was located upon was in the process of being bypassed by a new dual carriageway upgrade. Forte already owned the Happy Eater at Hogsback when it acquired the brand in 1986, which was less than 1 mile to the east of the Little Chef. After it closed it was demolished and turned into housing.
However, this was not the end for Little Chef in the area as, between 1996 and 1997, the Happy Eater was turned into a Little Chef by their owners Granada. This followed research done by Forte, revealing that Little Chef was more lucrative than Happy Eater, leading them to start a programme of converting Happy Eaters to Little Chefs. Granada took over Forte in 1995 and continued this work. The restaurant traded until around 2004/ 5 following the sale of 131 Little Chef restaurants by then owners Permira when they put Little Chef up for sale. The restaurant has since been demolished in order to enlarge the once neigbouring Esso filling station.