Restbite was the last of Roadchef's buffet-style restaurants.
Despite Roadchef moving towards the counter-orientated Fresh Food Café instead, the remaining Restbites continued to see refurbishment. When it was introduced in 2007 it had a green colour scheme, and then it changed to a black one.
The Restbites tended to remain in older-style service areas with a free-flow restaurant services. Roadchef wanted to move towards a central dining area with a series of counters, which eventually saw Restbite removed.
Restbite may have been Roadchef's last buffet counter name, but they have used a number of different names in their time. These included:
En Route: registered in 1983
Orchards restaurant: found in documents since 1983. Had distinctive green colours, aiming for a country kitchen-style. Breakfast and juice cost £3.95.
Hickory's: used in around 1989, and promoted on dedicated leaflets as if it were a separate chain.
Juggernauts: was used for the truck drivers' lounge in around 1993.
Foodfayre: had sections called Spaghetti Junction, Pizza Pasta and the Hot Range. It used a blue colour scheme.
onRoute: a return to a previous pun. Its flagship site was Norton Canes which boasted a "food theatre".
One report, dated 1992, states that Roadchef restaurants sold an English breakfast with tea or coffee for £4.85. There was a 'healthy eating' section with salads, roast chicken, quiche and quiche that cost £4.99. A pot of their British Tea Council award-winning tea cost 80p, and the average main meal cost £4.35.
Restbite used to operate at:
- Annandale Water (A74(M))
- Bothwell (M74)
- Durham (A1(M))
- Hamilton (M74)
- Killington Lake (M6)
- Magor (M4)
- Maidstone (M20)
- Northampton (M1/A43)
- Norton Canes (M6 Toll)
- Pont Abraham (M4)
- Rownhams (M27)
- Sandbach (M6)
- Sedgemoor (South) (M5)
- Stafford southbound (M6)
- Taunton Deane (M5)
- Tibshelf (M1)
- Watford Gap (M1)
- Winchester (M3)