Opened in 1990/91, the Little Chef at Thrapston was built as part of a new service area on the busy A14. The Little Chef opened in a large building along with a tourist information centre, similar to the one at Oswestry. It was accompanied by a filling station and a Travelodge, giving it the perfect lineup of facilities.
Like most larger sites, Thrapston was joined by a coffee stop. When Granada took over the Little Chef chain, they replaced most coffee stops with Burger King outlets, including the one at Thrapston. However, unlike many other Little Chefs, the Burger King lasted throughout the noughties and survives to this day.
Despite various closures on the A14, Thrapston has survived them all and continues to trade to this day.