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The numbering system for Little Chef has changed many times over the years. When Forte took over the brand in the 1970s they produced maps annually showing all the locations. Their earliest maps organised the sites by road, then this changed to a north to south system. However, as so many new sites were being added this meant frequent and confusing changes so a better way had to be found. In 1975/6, Forte decided to number the sites by age with the oldest, at that time, receiving 001. This system continued all the way up to 1998 with subsequent owner Granada keeping the same system. Each Little Chef then had a plaque inside which displayed this number although it always had a "1" prefix in front of it (Camberley would have been 1001). As Forte were a company with many divisions this may have been to signify that it was the roadside or catering division as opposed to hotels.

In 1986, Forte bought Happy Eater. For years they had their own numbering system which worked the same way as Little Chefs (Oldest site had lowest number) but, in 1994, the decision was taken to put them all into the same system. Forte had also decided to rebrand Happy Eater sites as Little Chef so this made sense. At that time Little Chef sites had reached the 500 prefix so, to allow for an easier transition, Happy Eater sites were given a 600 or 700 prefix on maps. Thus, Happy Eater site 001 became 601 and so on. Any new Little Chefs that opened after this continued to take a 500 prefix so as not to waste numbers. 

In 1992/3 Forte started rolling out Little Chefs in Ireland. To keep this separate from the UK sites, all Irish sites were given a 1000 prefix on maps with 1001 being the first site.

In 1994, Forte experimented with Little Chef in Spain. These were given a 3000 prefix.

In 1998, Granada bought over AJ's Family Restaurants. Again, to distinguish a former AJ's site, they were given a 6000 prefix although, curiously, these either started with a 63 or 69. AJ's were purchased from Celebrated Group, a large company with many restaurant brands, so this might have been the number that celebrated had allocated. 

By 1998, so many sites had come and gone closed since 1975 that, for the average motorist, it no longer made sense. Plus Little Chef would talk of having 400-odd sites yet numbers like 6999 would appear on maps. Something needed to be done. Granada took the decisions to organise the sites by geographical area (Scotland, North East, North West, Midlands, Wales, East Anglia, South East, South West). Sites were numbered from north to south in their regions with an area prefix. So the furthest south site in Scotland became S1. The exceptions were new sites which opened post-1998 which were just given the next available number on their area and some of the sites, originally put in the Welsh area, which were later moved into Midlands. This system remained until 2004, adopted by subsequent owners Compass and Permira. New owners People's Restaurant Company didn't produce maps and then in 2008 new owners R Capital changed the numbering system again to a UK-wide south to north system with site 1 being the furthest south. 

Today, under KFG, the only list of sites is on the website and these sites are arranged alphabetically. 

This list is arranged using Forte's system from 1975-98 as it ran for such a long period of time. Sites which closed before 1975 are currently given an N/A number while sites which opened post-1998 are just given the next number available in the list, although their site name has 3 question marks after it to signify that this is an assumed number. Some sites, which were scheduled to open as Little Chefs but never did, are also included. 

In some cases two sites have the same number. This is because Forte would often list a site in a map as "Opening Soon" with an assigned number and then decide not to proceed with it so the number would then be allocated to a different site. This only happened a handful of times.

Number Name
N/A Reading
N/A Hyde Park?
N/A Biggleswade
N/A Bainshole?
N/A Sherborne
N/A Cadnam
1 Camberley
2 Alwalton (Peterborough 1968)
3 Margaretting?
4 Queensferry
5 Privett (Alton 1968)
6 Astley
7 Bagshot
8 Spellbrook (Bishop's Stortford 1968)
9 North Muskham (Newark 1968)
10 Milford
11 Abington Fourwentways (Cambridge 1968)
12 Mirfield
13 Allesley (was Pickford Green) (Meriden N 1968)
14 Meriden (S 1968)
15 Boroughbridge
16 Penmaenmawr
17 Springfield (Chelmsford 1968)
18 Cobham (South)
19 Cobham (North)
20 Hogs Back (Farnham)
21 Godmanchester
22 Attenborough
23 Eastham
24 Norwich
25 East Horndon
26 Whitston
27 Gresford
28 Hickstead
29 Lower Weare
30 Menai Bridge
31 Bridgend North
32 Bridgend South
33 Sedgebrook
34 Rawcliffe
35 Popham
36 Gaerwen
37 Longparish
38 Whittingdon
39 West Knoyle
40 Cross in Hand
41 Ivetsey Bank
42 Leebotwood
43 Weston on the Green South
44 Disley
45 Scorton Cabus
46 Whitchurch (Looks NB)
47 Waterbeach
48 Bradninch
49 Dorchester on Thames
50 Somerford
51 Winterbourne Abbas
52 Orpington
53 Sleaford
54 Prees Heath
55 Lloc
56 Northleach
57 Weyhill
58 Bramshott Chase (was Hindhead)
59 Gateshead
60 Quatford
61 Nutley
62 Uttoxeter
63 Rotherham
64 Bolton-le-Sands
65 Clayton-le-Dale (was Whalley)
66 Bordon
67 Guyhirn
68 Barton Stacey
69 Sunninghill
70 Waterloo Cross
71 Foxton
72 Lindale
73 Staveley
74 Ringwood (St Leonards)
75 East Bridgford
76 Copdock
77 North Rauceby (was Cranwell)
78 Royston West (was Litlington)
79 Chicklade
80 Madingley
81 Ty-Nant (was Corwen)
82 Bodelwyddan (was Kinmel Park)
83 Easington
84 Hornchurch
85 Kentford
86 Ardrossan
87 Inverness
88 Cromwell
89 Newtonmore
90 Killiecrankie
91 Stannington
92 Hinckley
93 Eaton Socon (Became Southoe in 95)
94 Algakirk
95 Lolworth
96 Chesterton
97 Bishops Waltham
98 Darwen
99 Tatterset (was Fakenham)
100 Shiptonthorpe
101 Abington North
102 Baillieston (was Glasgow)
103 Newtonhill (was Stonehaven)
104 Galston
105 Swaffham
106 Saunderby (was Gainsborough)
107 Irby Dale
108 Clydebank (was Parkhall)
109 Nutbourne
110 Ladylands
111 Horndean
112 Nanty Caws
113 Tasburgh
114 Little Hoole
115 Gosberton
116 Gretna
117 Little Bentley
118 Sinderby
119 Lewdown
120 Bebington
121 Acle
122 Newby
123 Skeeby
124 Leek
125 Upton
126 Alnwick (was North Charlton)
127 Fakenham
128 Rainham
129 Flamstead
130 Widford
131 Snetterton
132 Thatcham
133 Honiton
134 Saxham
135 Otford
136 Nafferton
137 Sawley Cross
138 Holbeach
139 Morcott
140 Stow-on-the-Wold
141 Blyth
142 Hookwood
143 Fontwell
144 Grange Moor
145 Combe Hill
146 Tricketts Cross
147 Barmston
148 Chesterfield
149 Tredlington
150 Heckfield
151 Symington
152 Bourne End
153 Littleton
154 Samlesbury
155 Old Windsor
156 Mackworth
157 Cowbridge
158 Bottisham
159 Arrington
160 Appleby (Ketland Moor in 1976)
161 Blackburn
162 Eynsham
163 Takeley
164 Lower Whitley
165 Westbere
166 Cheshunt
167 Hurst Green
168 Lower Dicker
169 Radlett
170 Reading
171 Little Paxton
172 Foston
173 Pocklington
174 Claverhouse
175 Scarisbrick
176 Newbury
177 Long Itchington
178 Port Glasgow
179
180
181 (in 1980 but 201 in 1977) Stretton-on-Fosse
182 Flint
183 Rivenhall End (South)
184 Rivenhall End (North)
185 Kentford (South)
186 Kentford (North)
187 Eggington
188 Bicester
189 Thrussington
190 Aberford
191 Ings
192 Telegraph Hill (North)
193 Telegraph Hill (South)
194 Shipton-on-Cherwell
195 Abington South
196 Astwick
197 Bardon Mill
198 Wansford
199 Brickett Wood
200 Whitchurch (north)
201 Whitchurch (south)
202 Sherborne
203 Garstone
204 (South) Godstone
205 Grantham Service Area (GRANTHAM NORTH 1999)
206 Oxford Service Area
207 Bramham Cross Roads
208 Barnsdale Bar North
209 Warwick (North)
210 Warwick (South)
211 Ashchurch
212 Arnold
213 Norton
214 Trerulefoot
215 Maghull
216 Hagley
217 Charnock Richard Service Area
218 Four Marks
219 Fosseway
220 Bolney
221 Trewern
222 Nuthill
223 Gilwern
224 Keele Service Area
225 Cirencester
226 Accrington (Rising Bridge 08)
227 Betws-y-Coed
228 Halkyn
229 Corley Service Area
230 Five Oaks
231 Burley-in-Wharfedale
232 Newtown
233 Balhaldie North
234 Balhaldie South
235 Newport Pagnell Service Area
236 Brechin
237 Woodall Service Area
238 Barton under Needwood
239 Dumbarton
240 Wimborne
241 West Meon
242 Buckfastleigh
243 Smithaleigh
244 Winterslow
245 Collin
246 Bath
247 Gate Services
248 Alconbury
249 Sandy
250 Chipping Norton
251 Boroughbridge (South)
252 Cumbernauld
253 Johnstonebridge (North)
254 Johnstonebridge (South)
255 Sawtry
256 New Fox North
257 Kingsclere
258 Ashford
259 Pyecombe
260 Swavesey (South) (Cambridge W)
261 Staxton
262 Dinmore (Hope under Dinmore 1998)
263 Two Mills
264 Builth Wells
265 Sparkford
266 West Grinstead
267 Warmington
268 Henley in Arden
269 Hartlebury
270 Little Eaton
271 Malton
272 Shaftesbury
273 Melksham
274 Harbledown
275
276 Redbrook
277 Oswestry (Mile End Service Area)
278 Farrington Gurney
279 Forres
280 Stowmarket
281 Thursby
282 Hythe
283 Barton Mills (S 1999)
283 TintinHull
284 Droitwich
285
286 Sourton Cross
287 Trenholme (South)
288 Richborough
289 Porthmadog (Penrhyndeudraeth)
290 Fleet Service Area
291 Axminster
292 Fleet Service Area
293
294 Sadberge
295 Greystones (east)
296 Chiswell Green
297 Capel St Mary (North)
298 Capel St Mary (South)
299 Caxton Gibbet
300 Eynsham (East)
301 Eynsham (West)
302
303
304
305
306
307
308
309
310
311
312
313 Roche
314 Harlow
315 Birdbrook
316
317 Meir
318 Tomatin
319
320
321 Peterborough (Werrington 1999)
322 Markham Moor North
323 Tiverton (Sampford Peverell)
324 Stone
325 Sutton Scotney North
326 Sutton Scotney South
327 Coxford Down (Micheldever 1998/9)
328 Skipton
329 St Austell, Cornwall
330 Banbury
331 Ambergate
332 Old Stratford
333 Stonehouse
334 Witherslack (Became Greystones W)
335 Caenby Corner
336 Trenholme (North) (became Ingleby Arncliffe)
337 Abercynon
338 Sarn Park Service Area
339 Shipton by Benningborough
340 Hernhill (Whitstable West 1998/9)
341 Barnsdale Bar South
342 Piccadilly Station
343 Adlington
344 Foveran
345 Chesterfield
346 Lancaster
347 St Clears
348 Monks Heath
349 Folkestone
350 Spean Bridge
351 Knutsford
352 Corley Service Area
353
354 Tyndrum
355 Fleet Service Area
356 Market Harborough
357 Piltdown
358 Stoney Cross
359 Wrexham
360 Rotherham Parkgate
361 Penrith
362 Uttoxeter
363 Rugeley
364 Podimore
365 Towcester East
366 Towcester West
367 Oldbury
368 Buckland
369 Kinmel Park (East)
370 Kinmel Park (West)
371
372
373
374
375
376
377
378 Chiverton Cross
379 Collingtree
380 King's Lynn
381 Marston Moretaine
382 Upton Way (Northampton)
383 Saughall
384 Dorking
385
386 Brenzett
387 Puesdown
388 Cross Hands
389 Bradford
390 Whitemare Pool
391 Dreghorn
392 Leicester Forest East (SB)
393 Dunchurch
394 Fontwell
395 Manordeilo
396 Dundee
397
398
399 Burtonwood
400 Guildford
401
402 Gordano Service Area
403 New Fox South
404 Acle
405 Nuneaton
406
407 Stonnal
408 Amesbury
409 Thinford
410 Halesowen
411 Thrapston
411 Ilminster
412 Hayle
413 Frome Nunney Catch
414 Langham
415 Grimsby
416 Huntingdon (Fenstanton)
417
418
419
420 Nacton
421 Ludlow (Woofferton)
422 Leeds
423 Cramlington
423 Northop Hall East (became Northop Hall 694 after closure of westbound)
424 Northop Hall West
424 Barnsley
425 Sleaford
426 Haydock
427 Leicester Forest East (NB)
428 Alcester
429 Barnetby
430 Evesham
431 Aller Cross
432 Buntingford
433 Membury (S)
434
435 Saxilby
436 Duntisbourne Abbotts
437 Buckingham
438 Attleborough (South)
439 Hockliffe
440
441 Long Sutton
442 Dolgellau
443 Weston Rhyn
444 Glastonbury
445 Colworth
446 Hardwicke
447 Fradley North
448 Fradley South
449 Wellingborough (W)
450 Rushden (E) (Saunders Lodge in 1990)
451 Beacon Hill
452 Black Cat
453 Broadlands
454 Milton Keynes
455 Ruabon
456 Bickerstaffe
457 Seaton Burn
458 West Lynn
459 Lincoln (Thorpe on the Hill)
460 Wisbech
461 Retford
462 Worksop
463 Beckington
464 Emsworth
465 Crewe (Bartholmey)
466 Brentwood
467 Kilmarnock
468 Hailsham
469 South Mimms
470 Rustington
471 Hemmingford Abbots
472 Rugby
473 Abington Services???
474 Nevendon
475
476 Ely
477 York East (Bilbrough)
478
479 Newport
480 Nantwich?
481 Norwich
482 Colchester (EAST 1999)
483 Whitchurch
484
485 Bayston Hill (Shrewsbury 1999)
486 Johnstone
487 Battlefield (nr Shrewsbury)
488 Middlewich
489 Sedgefield
490 Hickstead
491
492 Liphook North
493 Coventry
494 Wavendon Gate
495 Popham
496
497 Bangor
498 Warwick Service Area (S)???
499 Warwick Service Area (N)
500 Alfreton
501 Sheffield
502 Stoke
503 Orsett
504 Kettering West
505 Whiddon Down
506 Pevensey
507
508 Thame
509 Ollerton
510 Sutterton
511
512 Birchanger Green
513
514 Musselburgh???
515 Markfield???
516 Saltash???
517 Warminster???
518 Leigh Delamere???
519 Medway???
520 Leeds Bus Station Exp
521 Thurrock???
522 Swansea???
523 Knutsford Service Area???
524 Monmouth Northbound???
525 Monmouth Southbound???
526 Lancaster (Forton)???
527 Scotch Corner Service Area???
528 Dover Eastern Docks???
529 Reading Service Area???
530 Frankley (Birmingham South)???
531 Birmingham North (Hilton Park)???
532 Cherwell Valley???
533 Trowell (Nottingham)???
534 Toddington (Luton North)???
535 Southwaite (Carlisle)???
536 Ferrybridge (Pontefract)???
537 Washington???
538 Tamworth???
539 Stafford North???
540 Heston?
541 Bluebell Hill?
542 Chippenham?
543 Maresfield?
544 Kendal?
545 Kettering East?
546 Lewes?
547 Grantham Colsterworth?
548 Newbury Tot Hill?
549 Harlow East?
550 Donington Park?
551 Allesley?
552 Billingham?
553 Knowsley?
554 Severn View?
555 Cullompton?
556 Ashford?
557 Cardiff Gate?
558 Shardlow East?
559 Shardlow West?
560 Todhills South?
561 Cirencester?
562 Tamworth???
563 Peterborough Eye???
564 Birch (Manchester North)???
565 Ashchurch???
566 Dalwhinnie???
567 Kings Lynn???
568 Toddington (N)???
569 Blackburn with Darwen???
570 Perth TRSA. Broxden???
571 Inverness???
572 Leeds Colton???
573
574
575
576
577
578
579
580 Luton Airport
581
582
583
584
585
586
587
588
589
590
591
592
593
594
595
596
597
598
599
600
601
602 Charing
603 Handcross
604
605
606 Hogs Back
607
608
609 Lamberhurst
610 Holmwood
611
612 Hooley
613
614
615 Kennford North
616 Kennford South
617
618 Whitstable (East after 1998/9)
619 Peterborough
620
621 York
622 Ware
623 Tempsford
624 Markham Moor South
625 Detling
626 Worthing
627 Horsham
628
629 Selby Fork
630 Codford
631 Basildon
632
633
634 Hindhead
635
636 Nottingham
637 Rainton North
638 Rainton South
639
640 Colsterworth North
641 Newmarket North
642 Newmarket South
643 Swindon
644 Royston (EAST 1999)
645 East Dereham
646 Burton South
647 Sawtry (N)
648
649 Skipbridge
650
651 Sawtry (S)
652 Wisley North
653 Wisley South
654 Whitchurch (Prees heath 08)
655
656 Saxmundham (Darsham)
657 Wisbech (Thorney Toll 1997)
658 Capel St Mary
659 Darley Dale (Became Matlock 1998)
660
661
662 Baldock
663 Membury (N)
664 Holbech
665 Birstall
666
667
668
669 Cannock
670 Belbroughton
671 Thirsk
672
673 Burnley
674 Stockbury
675 Manchester
676 Colwyn Bay
677 Bere Regis
678 Andover North
679 Andover South
680 Weston on the Green North
681 Daventry
682 South Cave East
683 Ilminster
684 Western Avenue
685 Picket Post
686 South Cave West
687 Feering
688
689 Martlesham
690
691 Todhills North
692 Widnes
693 Oakmere
694 Northop Hall
695
696 Hellingly
697 Doncaster
698 Attleborough
699 Bicester
700 Ross Spur Services
701 Colsterworth South
702 Burford
703 Sparkford
704 Newark
705
706
707
708 Saltash
6351 Colchester South
6352 Handcross South
6353 Chichester
6954 Winthorpe
6989 Greetwell
6990 Dordon
6991 Tewkesbury
6992 Buckingham
6993 Northampton
6994 Ecton West
6995 Ecton East
6996 Hannington
6997 Stretham
6998 Downham Market
6999 Barton Mills North
1001 Cork
1002 Dublin Swords
1003 Dublin Navan Road
1004 Waterford
1005 Limerick
3001 Casablanca Aragon, Zaragoza
3002 Almuradiel
3003 Duenas

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