The Thrapston branch was a former Little Chef restaurant located at the junction of the A14, A45 and A605 near the small town of Thrapston in Northamptonshire.
Address and Onsite InformationEdit
ADDRESS: Thrapston Service Area, A14/A45 Junction, Thrapston, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 4UR
ONSITE FACILITIES: Shell, Deli2Go (forecourt), Costa Express (forecourt), EG Diner, Burger King, Travelodge (Book Room)
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.
In 2017, Euro Garages took over the Little Chef chain and throughout the year, a majority of the restaurants were converted into brands such as Starbucks and Subway. By January 2018, only half of the Little Chef restaurants remaining were converted, leaving around 35 to 40 Little Chefs still trading. Due to Euro Garages being unable to use the Little Chef name after 31st January 2018, they had to think of an option to quickly convert the remaining restaurants. This was when EG Diner was born and Thrapston was one of the first of these to open. However, these EG Diners at the moment are literally just unbranded Little Chefs with the EG Diner menu. The remaining Little Chefs are expected to follow the same path, although some will only be open for a short period of time, as they have further plans to be replaced by other brands.