Rock Island Diner
|Rock Island Diner|
There used to be a network of '50s rock-and-roll-themed diners across the country, although there are none left now. There were only ever two at motorway services.
It's thought that it was introduced at Tamworth on a trial basis and was deemed a success, with several more sites on the drawing board, but plans were changed when Granada got hold of the Little Chef brand, which they preferred.
At Tamworth there was a Ladbrokes next door. It had glossy chrome and red plastic fittings, 1950s-style posters, and played rock and Beatles music.
The diner format was recycled by Welcome Break in 2016 with their tie-in with Ed's Easy Diner, also using a purpose-built separate building.