Kelly's Kitchen was a waitress service restaurant chain with 18 branches by 1989.
They were developed by Norfolk House and Petrofina, providing food and fuel, and became a rival to Little Chef. Their restaurants were all built to the same style with red brick built buildings, traditional cottage-style windows, tiled roofs which came down over the tops of the external walls and large funnel-like chimneys.
The brand was bought out by Bass, who were themselves purchased by Trusthouse Forte. Kelly's Kitchen had a number of outstanding planning permissions which were included in the sale.
Forte changed all the restaurants to become Little Chefs.
Kelly's Kitchen operated at the following locations:
- Beacon Hill (A14)
- Bickerstaffe (M58 J3)
- Black Cat (A1)
- Brentwood (A12)
- Broadlands (A47)
- Crewe (Barthomley) (M6 J15/A500)
- Fenny Stratford (Milton Keynes) (A5)
- Fradley north & south (A38)
- Lincoln (Thorpe on the Hill) (A46)
- Markham Moor (Retford) (A1/A638)
- Ruabon (A483)
- Rushden (A45)
- Seaton Burn (A1/A19)
- Wellingborough (A45)
- West Lynn (A17/A47)
- Wisbech (A47)
- Worksop (A57/A60)
In 1998, Petrofina proposed a petrol station and motorists' restaurant at Swanley. This could have been another planned Kelly's Kitchen, but the plan was refused. Another Kelly's Kitchen was planned for Wincanton on the A303, where the KFC now is.