Little Chef menu, 1970
Sam Alper, famous for Sprite Caravans, started Little Chef back in 1958. The first restaurant in Reading was little more than a shack, but the chain grew strongly and the restaurants improved throughout 1960s. This is the menu from the Little Chef in Reading from 1970. By then Little Chef was owned by Trust House Forte, the hotel chain.
As this was just before decimalisation, prices were in pounds, shillings and pence, as well as the new decimal currency.
Here are a few nostalgic treats from the 1970 menu:
Crumbed fish fillet
For 5s or 25p you could have 'Crumbed fish fillet with lemon and French fried potatoes'. There was also a healthy salad garnish served with it, but no veg. I love the crinkle cut chips.
Or for 8s 6d or 42½p (remember the half penny?) there was the Chef's grill: sausage, 'steaklet', fried egg, tomato and chips.
Something of a luxury in this era was the gammon steak served with a fried egg and chips.
I used to love Little Chef's pancakes. They have been doing them for a long time. This is a fluffy American pancake with ice cream and chocolate source.
How to make a fruit salad look exciting. Add ice cream and a couple of wafers.
The first time I came across a Little Chef was during a camping holiday with my parents in the New Forest in the hot summer of 1976. I was a great fan of their plaice and chips. In the 1980s, I always made a point at stopping at Little Chefs for plaice and chips, followed by ice cream.
Let us know your memories of Little Chef in the past.
Article by Steven Braggs, April 2014