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Colsterworth services

Colsterworth
Colsterworth services
Road:A1, at the Colsterworth exit
(also accessible to traffic on the A151 and B676)
(Google Maps link)
Address:Moto Hospitality
Colsterworth
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG33 5JR
Signposted from the road?Yes
Opened:1989
Previous operators:Granada
Grid reference:SK937238
Services type:Single site located at a junction.

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The Colsterworth Roundabout being removed has opened the gates to a whole host of facilities. The northbound forecourt is signed from the northbound side; the southbound forecourt and service area are signposted from both sides; and an additional truckstop is signed from both sides of the road as 'lorry parking'.

Facilities

Northbound

Forecourt: BP, Hursts, Costa Express, Rollover

Southbound

Colsterworth Services

Catering: Little Chef, 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

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

This was once a roundabout that was a hub of services activity, which is told below.

Two Happy Eaters were built on either side of the A1, to the north of the Colsterworth Roundabout. The one which was on the southbound side (the north-east quadrant) gained an Esso garage (named The Jubilee Garage), and a Travelodge motel.

A Total garage was added on the northbound side.

Granada Activity

Colsterworth services.
Inside the building.

Granada decided to go head-on with Forte's Happy Eater by building a large restaurant in the south-east corner of this roundabout. It was accessed from the A1 southbound but with a road back up to the roundabout.

The Granada services had a Granada Country Kitchen Restaurant, shop, arcade, Granada Lodge and filling station.

The main building took 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 quickly faded.

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

Granada Changes

Following a deal with AJ's, the Country Kitchen was replaced with one of their family restaurants. Following a deal with Burger King, this was added too.

Granada next acquired Fortes, which gave them access to Little Chef, Happy Eater, Travelodge and Welcome Break. With this range of catering, Granada ended their deal with AJ's, and the Colsterworth restaurant closed.

With Granada inheriting Grantham North, which is ten miles up the A1, Colsterworth came to be nicknamed "Grantham South".

Northern Closure

As part of their acquisition, Granada now owned the two Happy Eaters to the north of the roundabout, and in 1997 they changed these to Little Chefs. Just a year later, both of these closed, as well as the motel.

The northbound Happy Eater became a China Moon Chinese restaurant, and closed in 2013. All these buildings are now derelict.

Main Restaurant Re-opens

Colsterworth Burger King sign.
All the Granada logos have been covered up.

With Granada closing the two northern restaurants, they opened a large Little Chef in the main, newer, Colsterworth building, next to the existing Burger King. The Granada Lodge would have become a Travelodge.

All of Granada's brands were merged with Compass, causing the services to be re-branded Moto. Compass sold Little Chef and Travelodge, but Moto kept control of the land. Moto also kept Grantham North.

The Granada branding at the site was replaced by the Little Chef logo.

In 2006, Coffee Tempo! was added to the services. This became Little Chef Express in 2012.

Little Chef was sold to Euro Garages in 2017 who are expected to close the restaurant.

Forecourt Changes

In 2014, the forecourt was re-branded to BP. Under MRH ownership, a Hursts store was added.

The Jubilee Garage was re-branded to Jet.

Moto still own the main southbound filling station, however it is on a long term lease to ROC. They handed it to Euro Garages in late 2013, making Euro Garages the main operator here.

Alternatives

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