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Red Hen

Red Hen
Locations:24
Associated names:Cafe Primo, The Granary
Introduced:1996
Removed:2004
Predecessors:Little Chef
Successors:Coffee Primo
The original Red Hen logo
The later logo

Red Hen was a self-branded sit-in waitress restaurant available at all Welcome Breaks. It was created after Granada bought Welcome Break, and provided all their services with Little Chef and Travelodge. However, when Welcome Break were sold in 1996 they were forced to create their own alternatives, hence Red Hen and Welcome Lodge.

The original Red Hen used a farm-inspired demand to provide food from The Granary, but with a waitress, freeing up The Granary to become more self-service. When The Granary was removed, Red Hen evolved to lose the farm theme and focus on the fresh food. The revised menu was praised for being varied and reasonably priced, but the quality varied.

In 2004 all the Red Hens became Coffee Primo Lounges.

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