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Colsterworth services

Colsterworth services
Road:A1, at the Colsterworth exit
(also accessible to traffic on the A151 and B676)
(Google Maps link)
Address:Moto Hospitality
NG33 5JR
Signposted from the road?Yes
Previous operators:Granada
Grid reference:SK937238
Services type:Single site located at a junction.

Once a roundabout that was a hub of services activity. The Colsterworth Roundabout has since been removed, but the services can still be accessed through a new junction.



Forecourt: BP, Hursts, Costa Express, Rollover


Colsterworth Services

Catering: Little ChefHistory, Burger King, Little Chef Express Main Amenities: Meeting Room, Truck Wash Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Esso, Spar, Subway, Starbucks on the Go, Air1 AdBlue

Jubilee Garage

Forecourt: Jet, Shop, Tchibo

MRH operate the northbound filling station
Euro Garages operate the southbound Esso filling station and restaurants
Jubilee Garage operate the southbound Jet filling station
Travelodge operate the hotel

Parking Prices

Overnight parking available in the southbound 'Colsterworth Services'.

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 and HGVs £16, or £18 to include a food voucher.

Prices can be paid through the phone, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia & History

Services are also sometimes known under the name Grantham (South).


The A1 to the north of the roundabout housed a dual-sided Happy Eater site, with a Travelodge joining the southbound one. The Esso Jubilee Garage was also located at the north-east quadrant of the roundabout (southbound services). Then to add to this, Granada came along in about 1989 and built their own Colsterworth services, complete with filling station and lodge in the south east quadrant.

The restaurant has since, under Granada ownership, been AJ's, then Burger King. However, when Granada bought Forte and acquired the Little Chef, Happy Eater and Welcome Break brands, the sites then changed. Both Happy Eaters briefly became Little Chefs then closed in the 1990s, and the Little Chef moved to Colsterworth services instead. However, as Granada, now Moto, owned the larger Grantham North services a mere 10 miles up the road, they sold most of Colsterworth, as part of their sale of Little Chef in 2002 and it still soldiers on under Little Chef ownership, with Little Chef replacing Granada's branding across the site. Moto retained ownership of the motel, which they lease out to Travelodge respectively. Moto also own the Esso filling station however it is on a long term lease to ROC, who themselves handed the forecourt and shop over to Euro Garages in late 2013.

Building Design

The main services take an L-shape, as was common at the time, with the motel completing a C-shape. In the centre was a quad, originally looking smart with the light paving contrasting against the dark building, but it required regular maintenance.

A bay window, good for the restaurant but unusual for a service area, provides a view of the A1. A narrow corridor provides access to the HGV parking.

Recent Changes

The former northbound Total was rebranded to BP in 2014 and, under MRH ownership, a Hursts store was added. Today, the roundabout has been removed and the services are accessed from a new junction, with two signposted exits for southbound traffic. They are still under Little Chef ownership and continue to trade as one of its larger sites, Esso's Jubilee Garage is still there although re-branded to Jet, the northbound Happy Eater became the China Moon Chinese restaurant until in 2013, it became derelict, along with the southbound Happy Eater and lodge.

In 2012, The Coffee Tempo! here was also replaced with Little Chef Express along with 10 other former Coffee Tempo! sites.


Ram Jam (5 miles)Services on the A1Stoke Rochford (A1 northbound, 3 miles)
Grantham North (11 miles)