Here are details on the services on the A34, starting at Winchester and ending at Oxford. Also on Motorway Services Online: Services on the M3, M4, M40, A40 and the A303.
Between Winchester and Whitchurch, Hampshire, SO21 3JY. [Google Maps]
Costa, McDonalds, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme (southbound only)WHSmithJackpot £500, Picnic Tables, ShowersDays Innbook (northbound only)Shell, Select, Deli2Go, Air1 AdBlueFirst two hours free, after which cars must pay £6
Full details: Sutton Scotney
A large Roadchef
with toilets and fuel, separate services north and southbound.
Between Whitchurch and Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9BX. [Google Maps]
McDonald's and Shell filling station open 24 hoursLittle ChefHistory, McDonald's drive thruTravelodgebookShell, Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Autogas LPG & Air1 AdBlue
Shell operate the filling station
Notes: The newest services on the A34, Tot Hill was built as part of the Newbury Bypass in 1996. While the bypass was being built, camps were set up here to protest against it.
Between Newbury and Didcot, Berkshire, RG18 9XX. [Google Maps]
Arlo's, Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy KremeLadbrokes, M&S Simply Food, WHSmithChildren's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, ShowersTravelodgebookBP (with: LPG), Shop, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlueFree for two hours, charges afterwards
Full details: ChieveleyMoto
MSA at the junction with M4
Southbound between Newbury and Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RW. [Google Maps]
Murco, Spar, Tchibo
The services are sometimes known as 'Chilton' services.
Once owned by Murco with a Mace
store, this service station was not included in the Murco sale to MFG
mainly because it did not have a Costcutter
store, and MFG had a partnership with Costcutter. It was therefore sold to an independent dealer, who by the end of 2015 had introduced a Tchibo coffee machine and unbranded the Mace store, in hopes to open a Spar store. However, in 2016, the service station changed hands again and a seperately planned Spar store was introduced.
At Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX14 4TX. [Google Maps]
McDonalds available 24 hoursMcDonalds Drive Thru, Table Table (The Apple Cart), Costa drive-thru, HarvesterPremier InnbookBP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Cafe, AdBlue Cannisters
BP Express operate the forecourt
Notes: Actually located off the A4130, the McDonald's is a very short distance from the rest of the services and has quite a complicated car park layout. In recent years a series of refurbishments have seen the fourecourt improved and expanded, no doubt benefitting from more passing trade. A Vauxhall dealer is accessed through the services.
Between Oxford and Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX2 8JZ. [Google Maps]
KFC, Starbucks, Costa Express, Krispy KremeWaitroseEcotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Meeting Room, Showers, Welcome Break GamingTravelodgebook, Holiday InnbookShell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Yorkshire TeaFirst two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £10. Prices can be paid in Starbucks or in the pay and display machines in each parking area.
Full details: PeartreeWelcome Break
's newest service area, previously a large Little ChefHistory
Between Kidlington and Wendlesbury, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QQ. [Google Maps]
Little ChefHistoryChargeMaster Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Tourist InformationBP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Cafe & AdBlue Cannisters
StarbucksShell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
BP Express operate the northbound filling station
Shell operate the southbound filling station
23.5 Degrees operate the southbound Starbucks
It's named after the farm that sits behind the Little Chef. This creates a few legal problems because services names should relate to a geographical location if they want to appear on signs. For a couple of years this was the last service station before Birmingham.
The first of the two southbound services consists of only a Shell with lots of room for expansion, whereas the second one houses a former Little ChefHistory, several houses and a derelict Fina petrol station, which was well known for being particularly cheap. The Layby Cafe was the original occupant of the Little Chef. Eat & Go then occupied the former Little Chef until early 2016. On 16th February 2016, Starbucks opened a new site to replace the former Eat & Go.
The Little Chef used to be on the other side of the petrol station, but was moved in the '80s. The Shell site used to be very quiet and run-down, presumably due to the direct competition.
The northbound services are a much later addition, for a period was the common Little Chef/Burger King combination. In 2011 this site was upgraded to Little Chef's new look and it won a 5 star loo award.
The Little Chef on the southbound side closed on 26 September 2012.