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Happy Eater was a chain of roadside restaurants in the UK. It was owned by the Trust House Forte hotel group since 1st August 1986 when THF bought its 70 restaurants from the hotel division of Imperial Group plc (including Welcome Break service stations) from Hanson Trust plc. Three Happy Eaters were at motorway service stations. THF was taken over in 1995 by Granada. Most Happy Eaters were in south-east England, the Midlands and most noticeably along the A1. They had many facilities for young children to occupy themselves with, usually outdoors. Welcome Break is a company which operates motorway service stations in the UK. See also Category:Welcome Break motorway service stations External links Welcome Break Categories: Catering and food service companies of the United Kingdom | Corporation stubs ... A motorway service area (MSA), motorway service station or simply motorway services, is a place where drivers can leave a motorway to refuel, rest, or take refreshments. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // The City of Granada Alhambra, Courtyard of the Lions Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the community of Andalucía, Spain. ... Sign at Junction 1 of the A1(M) at South Mimms in Hertfordshire The A1, at 409 miles (658 km) long, is the longest numbered British road. ...

Happy Eater was formed by Michael Pickard (a former managing director of THF and former pupil of Oundle School) in 1973. In 1980, when it had 21 restaurants, it was taken over by Imperial Group. Oundle School is a public school, at Oundle in Northamptonshire, England. ...

The brand ceased to exist in 1997 when Granada converted the restaurants into Burger Kings and Little Chefs. 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Burger King (BK for short) is a large international food corporation that sells fast food in chain stores. ... Little Chef is a chain of roadside restaurants in the UK. It is a subsidiary of Travelodge Hotels Ltd, a company backed by Permira Investment Fund Managers. ...


  • Sunday Telegraph report on closure
  • Sir Michael Pickard - who created the chain.

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