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Red Hen

Red Hen
Associated names:Cafe Primo, The Granary
Predecessors:Little Chef
Successors:Coffee Primo
Red Hen, country style cooking.
The original Red Hen logo.
Red Hen.
The later logo.

Red Hen was a self-branded sit-in waitress restaurant available at all Welcome Break services. It was created after Granada bought Welcome Break, and provided all their services with Little Chef and Travelodge. 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 closed. Many laid empty, before becoming Coffee Primo Lounges.

In his 2012 show The Man With The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo, Rhod Gilbert spoke for five minutes about the Red Hen at Membury, calling it "disgusting, filth-ridden, toxic" amongst other criticisms.