Find this branch of this national chain mid-way between Andover and Basingstoke - on the westbound carriageway.
It will be familiar if you followed the television documentary 'Big Chef Takes on Little Chef', and should transform your perception of the brand for the better and plans to roll out the concept are encouraging. Heston Blumenthal was given the brief of adding genuine quality to the food on offer without either removing the most popular dishes, or unrealistic price hikes and largely, this has been achieved.
Breakfast, ranging from Toast & Jam through Cereals to their popular 'Olympic' cooked-version (served all day) is followed by an extensive menu that stretches from Toasted Sandwiches & Filled Jacket Potatoes through Burgers, 'Sausages & Mash' and 'Fish & Chips'. But dishes such as 'Coq au Vin' and 'Slow Braised Lamb in Minted Gravy', part of the initial menu, seem to have been withdrawn from the menu.
Puds might be too hard to resist with 'Sticky Toffee' or 'Chocolate Pudding'; 'Apple Pie'; 'Baked Alaska' plus a selection of Pancakes among the offerings.
Various board games for children of all ages, plus free Wi-Fi access are bonuses. Worth a special stop, particularly if you're after all-day breakfast.
A visit to the lavatories brings a musical surprise!
- Food Style: Cafes & Tea Rooms - The Best
- Lunch: all week 7.00-22.00; mains £6 to £13
- Dinner: all week 7.00-22.00; mains £6 to £13
- Wine: a limited list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Children's menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Micheldever Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Air conditioned