|Year Opened||Pre 1968|
|Location||North Muskham, Newark|
Address and Onsite InformationEdit
THIS LITTLE CHEF IS NOW CLOSED. YOUR NEAREST BRANCHES ARE:
- Markham Moor North (11 miles north on A1)
- Lincoln (12 miles south east on A46)
- Colsterworth (27 miles south on A1)
Address: A1 South, North Muskham, Newark On Trent, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6HT
Onsite Facilities: Burger King, Travelodge, BP, Londis, Costa Express, Rollover Hot Dogs, AdBlue.
Opened in the 1960s, North Muskham was one of Little Chef's earliest sites. It was built in a fairly basic building alongside a filling station at a small site on the busy A1. The A1 is a road running from London to Edinburgh. It feeds many towns, intersects with many routes to the north/south and is often used by a lot of long distance traffic. Thus, a Little Chef here would be sure to have plenty of passing trade and be able to attract a lot of long-distance traffic. Little Chef's owners Forte thought so too and, to maximise the restaurant's potential, chose a location close to North Muskham and Newark on Trent, two large settlements in the area, to help encourage locals to the site. The site chosen also had a filling station (as already mentioned) which presented a great opportunity for Little Chef to attract additional custom from the facility so the restaurant had all angles covered.
Between 1968 and 1972, North Muskham was joined by its northbound partner when the Cromwell site, located almost directly opposite, was joined by a Little Chef.
In the 1980s, Forte had decided to remodel the Little Chef at North Muskham by giving it a completely new building which was more modern than before but didn't cost a lot of money to build. This was a new method introduced by builders and it was done by building the new building around the old building and then demolishing the walls of the old building. Thistheantat the new building didn't have to be built from scratch, thus saving money. In this way they could still utilise original features such as toilets, plumbing and ducting. Also, the building looked more modern and attractive to passing traffic and you could tell that it was built in the 80s as it had sported the 80s signage and logo.
Soon after the rebuild, the Little Chef was joined by a Little Chef Lodge hotel where tired travellers could stop off for the night. This was later rebranded as Travelodge in 1989.
In 2008, North Muskham sadly lost its northbound partner, leaving it to soldier on alone. However, northbound happily reopened as an independent known as Cafe Amore.
In 2015, the decision was made to convert North Muskham from a Little Chef into a Burger King. This resulted in the closure of the Little Chef in April 2015. It reopened as a Burger King shortly afterwards.