Fresh Food Café
|Fresh Food Café|
|Locations:||11 Fresh Food Cafés|
2 Hot Food Co.s
|Associated names:||The Bread Kitchen, Lavazza|
|Introduced:||2008 (Hot Food Co.)|
2012 (Fresh Food Café)
|Predecessors:||Hot Food Co., RestBite|
|Opening hours:||Breakfast - early evening|
Fresh Food Café is Roadchef's self-branded café, serving fresh takeaway food, salads, coffee and popular full meals. Unlike most motorway restaurants created until then, all food is cooked behind a single ordering point, which minimises the footprint taken up by the restaurant and avoids the problem many services have found, where such a large facility receives little use.
Originally, Roadchef introduced the idea as part of a trial of a large shake-up of catering options at Strensham, under the name Hot Food Company, using a distinctive orange theme. After two years, the trial was declared a success, and more restaurants started to take that name: these were branded Hot Food Co. and used a red-on-white theme. In October 2012, Clacket Lane and Norton Canes gained a stand from The Bread Kitchen, which was removed in late 2013. Lavazza was briefly trialled at Watford Gap southbound.
In 2012, as Roadchef continued their experiments with catering to see how to get the best result from customers, Fresh Food Café was introduced to Watford Gap. It uses a green colour scheme, and is slightly more slimmed down than it's predecessor, usually accompanying a full rebuild of the entire dining area. One novel feature is the menu written out across the wall.
Since 2014, more services have been refurbished and are now providing Fresh Food Café. Despite the investment, it should be noted that as trade is no longer as high as it would have been 20 years ago, the opening hours are shorter - the main target is the breakfast market. The older Hot Food Co.s tend to close for entire seasons.
LocationsFresh Food Café operate at the following locations:
- Chester (M56)
- Clacket Lane (M25)
- Northampton (M1)
- Norton Canes (M6 Toll)
- Rownhams (M27) (westbound only)
- Sandbach (M6) (northbound only)
- Sedgemoor (M5) (southbound only)
- Strensham (M5)
- Taunton Deane (M5) (southbound only)
- Tibshelf (M1)
- Watford Gap (M1)
Hot Food Co. LocationsHot Food Co. operate at two Roadchef services during the summer and busy times. They are:
Views expressed in these comments are those of the individual contributor. They are moderated by Facebook.