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City of Edinburgh
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||Forte, Granada|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
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Little Chef Wiki
A small service station positioned on the Edinburgh City Bypass at the Dreghorn Link junction, just outside of Edinburgh, which was recently refurbished to include more modern facilities.
Trivia and History
Dreghorn Services are also known as Swanston Services.
The services first opened in 1989/90 by Forte and sported the combination of a filling station, restaurant and lodge. The restaurant was branded as Little Chef and the lodge was branded as Travelodge. In order to make the services recognisable to fellow travellers passing on the Edinburgh City Bypass, Forte had done a deal with a local farmer to have the services promoted in a field on approach from the north which undoubtedly helped the popularity of the services. Add to this the fact that traffic using the A68, A7 and A702 between Edinburgh and England was almost certain to pass the services and it looked like Forte had bagged a goodie.
In the early 1990s, Forte had added a Coffee Stop outlet to the Little Chef restaurant. Dreghorn was the only Little Chef site in Scotland to receive a Coffee Stop outlet. Later on in the mid 1990s, Granada had built an extension to the restaurant building in order to house a Burger King outlet alongside the Little Chef which would replace the Coffee Stop. However, the Burger King later closed in the mid 2000s.
In 1995/96, a Little Chef restaurant at Musselburgh Services (located a few miles down the road) had opened for business, giving the Dreghorn Little Chef competition. However, the small Dreghorn Little Chef proved to perform better than the large Musselburgh Little Chef as the restaurant at Musselburgh closed in 2010, leaving Dreghorn to trade on happily.
On 30th December 2013, the Dreghorn Little Chef ceased trading, leaving the Shell filling station and Travelodge to soldier on alone. The Little Chef remained empty but the ceiling inside of the restaurant had been drilled as part of a survey. During Spring 2016, the former Little Chef building was refurbished to include a Euro Garages owned Starbucks which opened on 27th April 2016. A Subway is due to join the Starbucks outlet soon. Also, Travelodge operate the hotel.
The filling station is operated by Shell themselves and closed in July 2016 for a major refurbishment of the shop and forecourt. It reopened on 11th November 2016, with 4 brand new toilets, a brand new forecourt with new pumps and fuel tanks, a better laid out shop and a full hot food range.
|Musselburgh (8 miles)||Services on the A720||none|