|South Cave West|
|Name||South Cave West|
|Year Opened||1986-88 (Happy Eater) 1993-95 (Little Chef)|
|Location||South Cave, Hull|
|County||East Riding of Yorkshire|
The South Cave West branch was a former Little Chef restaurant located on the westbound side of the A63 near South Cave, East Riding of Yorkshire,
Opened originally by Forte as a Happy Eater, South Cave West was one of an offset pair with sister site South Cave East opening around the same time. Both sites are shown as opening between 1986 and 1988 although it is unknown if one opened slightly ahead of the other. As both are located beside filling stations, it is entirely possible that these pre-dated the Happy Eaters in which case, given Forte's desire to locate next to filling stations for added business, this led to the offset pairing. They were also non-identical twins in terms of building design. While the eastbound was built in the same style as some Little Chefs of the era - Hockliffe, Whitemare Pool, Emsworth - with a low tiled roof, the westbound looked far grander with a tall sloping roof, large windows and grand porch leading into the restaurant. In terms of the size, it was larger than the eastbound Little Chef. In terms of decor, it retained the Happy Eater style with the dark wood and chairs. Another difference was with accommodation with east getting a lodge in the early 90s in the Forte era, whereas west did not.
Around 1993, Forte hatched a plan to change all Happy Eaters to Little Chefs as the brand made more money. Both South Cave branches had joined the Little Chef ranks by 1995. They continued to soldier on happily in this way.
However, in 2009 an upset was to occur. Little Chef's then owners R Capital decided, without warning, to close two branches that they deemed to be underperforming. Sadly one was South Cave West which closed that year along with Guildford. It's sister site soldiered on until 2012.
However, this was not the end for Westbound. After the Little Chef closure, adult superstore chain Pulse and Cocktails decided to buy the old westbound building to house one of their branches. There were many objections around the area for the opening of Pulse and Cocktails but it seems that the shop won over these objections as it is operating today. It is however receiving very little customers.
Now the Little Chefs are sadly gone, the A63 remains free of Little Chefs.