|Location||Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes|
Address and Onsite InformationEdit
ADDRESS: A5/A4146 Roundabout, Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9RB
ONSITE FACILITIES: Shell, Deli2Go (forecourt), Costa Express (forecourt), McDonald's
The site was first built during the 1980s by Little Chef's rival chain, Kelly's Kitchen and was a joint venture between a Brewery Company, who ran the restaurant and Petrofina, who ran the filling station. This was one of 18 Kelly's Kitchens/ Petrofina sites operating across the UK. Other examples include Black Cat, Seaton Burn and Crewe. Kelly's Kitchen restaurants were very distinctive, housed inside a building with an overhanging roof, cottage styled windows and a large funnel-like chimney built into the wall and the roof.
In 1989/90, then owners Forte were looking to expand the Little Chef chain rapidly across Britain's road network. As Kelly's Kitchen only had 18 restaurants operating, Forte didn't see the need to expand the chain further. Instead, they converted all existing Kelly's Kitchen sites (including Milton Keynes) into Little Chefs, meaning that Little Chef saw further growth. The Little Chef at Milton Keynes opened in 1989/90 alongside the existing Petrofina petrol station which was later converted into a Total garage. Instead of rebuilding the restaurant from scratch, the Little Chef was housed inside of the existing Kelly's Kitchen building, thus saving time and money.
Milton Keynes successfully operated for over 20 years due to its great location which satisfied travellers along both the A5 and the A4146. However, at the start of 2012, Milton Keynes was listed as one of 67 branches under review. The branch closed shortly afterwards. This was also the time when the Total garage was replaced with Shell
The Little Chef has since been demolished and replaced by a McDonalds.