The Saughall branch was a former Little Chef restaurant located at the junction of the A494/M56/A5117 and A540 near Saughall, Cheshire.
Opened in 1988/89, Saughall Little Chef was built alongside a BP filling station and was housed inside of a building with the pitched roof, double front design, a design introduced by Forte in 1987 and was used on many Little Chef restaurants which opened between then and 1991/92.
When it had opened, Saughall was in for a treat. For starters, it was built at a large roundabout site at a junction just off a busy dual carriageway, therefore this was good news for the Little Chef as this meant that it could be easily accessed and spotted by all traffic, hence why Saughall was such a successful site back in its day. And to make things better, owners after Forte, Granada, had built an extension to the Little Chef in order to house a Burger King restaurant a little later in the 1990s. This meant that there was always that chance of attracting the extra custom to the site. It was a real crowd puller!
However from the mid 2000s onwards, it no longer became that great crowd puller it used to be. For starters, it lost its Burger King in the mid 2000s, meaning that there was no additional restaurant choices. Also, the stretch of the A494 it serves has been upgraded and the roundabout replaced by a split level junction. This means that the traffic, that used to pass it is now largely taken away which it can only assume had a devastating effect on trade. As a result, it was decided in 2012 by the owners, RCapital, to close 67 Little Chefs which were deemed to be underperforming and Saughall was sadly on the list. It closed in September 2012 and has since become a Starbucks.