Granada Country Kitchen Restaurant
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|Successors:||Granada Restaurant then Fresh Express|
Granada Country Kitchen was the self-service restaurant for Granada in the 1980s and early 1990s. It had tightly-packed tables with fixed seats attached and these seats were usually made out of fairly thin wood.
Lighting was diner-style with an American-style lightshade over most tables, offering a soft spotlight. The service counters were more brightly-lit.
The last remaining Country Kitchen was in Stirling services, but it disappeared in the late 1990s, becoming 'Granada Restaurant' or Fresh Express. However, much of the décor remained unchanged until Costa landed earlier this year. There are still some Country Kitchen features if you look hard enough though.
The brand capitalised on the fact that operators were no longer expected to provide different restaurants for different class of customer, and they could now use one brand and apply it to everyone. The branding was deliberately chosen to be very antidote to motorway driving, which was Granada's ambition at the time.
Previously, Granada Chef was the name applied to its budget restaurant.
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