Full details: Sutton Scotney
A large Little Chef with toilets, fuel and a motel, separate services north and southbound.
Between Whitchurch and Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9BX. [Google Maps link]
Notes: The newest services on the A34, Tot Hill was built as part of the Newbury Bypass in 1996.
The Shell filling station is open 24hrs
Full details: Chieveley
Southbound only, no HGVs.
Between Newbury and Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 ORW. [Google Maps link]
Notes: The services consist only of a filling station, sometimes known as Berkshire Down
At Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX14 4TX. [Google Maps link]
Also accessible to traffic on the A4130.
Operator: BP Connect
Facilities: McDonald's (with: Drive Thru & WiFi), BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Cafe, Premier Inn[book rooms], Table Table (The Apple Cart)
Services type: Single site located at a junction.
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. The petrol station has been completely replaced with a new BP Connect, instead of the old-style building with adjacent (and dirty) toilet block.
Full details: Peartree
Between Kidlington and Wendlesbury, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QQ. [Google Maps link]
Operator: BP Connect (northbound)
- Northbound: Little Chef (with electric vehicle charging point & WiFi), BP (with LPG), Wild Bean Cafe, M&S Simply Food
- Southbound: Shell, Select (with Costa Express & Deli2Go)
Services type: Three services (one northbound, two southbound) staggered across the carriageway with no public access between them.
Notes: 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 Little Chef, 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 site.
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 26th September 2012.
With thanks to Adrian Atkins and 'Jonathan B4027' for the information used on this page.