The Wisley South branch is a current Little Chef restaurant located on the southbound side of the A3 near Wisley, Surrey.
Wisley South was one half of a purpose-built dual sided Happy Eater site on the A3 in the 1980s with Wisley North its opposite number. Both Happy Eaters were housed in matching buildings with a pitched roof, large windows and red bricks. Both sides were housed alongside filling stations, which complimented the Happy Eater and helped to attract a larger audience.
By the mid 90s, Forte, who acquired Happy Eater in 1986, decided that it was going to phase out the Happy Eater brand and replace it with the more profitable Little Chef brand which they also owned. Both of the Wisley Sites recieved the treatment with both restaurants changing to Little Chef by 1997. It is said that a Burger King was built alongside the Little Chef in the Granada era, but this later closed
Sadly, in 2007, Wisley South losts its northbound partner. Little Chefs parents, who by now were People's Restaurant Group, hit financial problems and the brand was taken by new owners, venture capitalists R Capital. Not all the sites transferred over and Wisley North was one of the 41 to be closed in 2007, leaving Wisley South to venture on alone.
In 2011, Wisley South was one of the 10 sites to recieve the "Wonderfully British" refurbishment. Wonderfully British was the follow-on, slightly tweaked version of the "Hestonised" site with slightly different interior finishes, new branding (Charlie lost his tray and instead had his arms open to welcome visitors) and Little Chef's new "grab and go" take-away option known as Good to Go.
Today, the Little Chef at Wisley South is still operating and is proving to be a successful site. It is also the only Little Chef to remain on the A3. Let's hope it lasts!