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, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy KremeWHSmithJackpot £500, Picnic Tables, ShowersDays Innbook north | book southShell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlueFirst two hours free, after which cars must pay £6.
Full details: Sutton Scotney
A dual-sided Roadchef
site - formerly a large Little Chef
Between Whitchurch and Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9BX. [Google Maps]
The McDonald's and filling station are open 24 hoursLittle ChefHistory, McDonald's Drive ThruTravelodgebookShell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Autogas LPG, Air1 AdBlueHGV parking available
Shell operate the filling station
Euro Garages operate the Little Chef
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]
Costa, WHSmith and the filling station are all open 24 hoursArlo's, Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy KremeLadbrokes, M&S Simply Food, Top Gift, WHSmithChildren's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, ShowersTravelodgebookBP, Shop, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue, BP AutogasFree for two hours, charges afterwards
Full details: ChieveleyMoto
motorway service area at the junction with the M4
Southbound between Newbury and Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RW. [Google Maps]
Murco, Spar, Tchibo
The services are sometimes known as 'Chilton' services and were formerly operated by Murco with a Mace
store. It changed ownership to an independent dealer, who by the end of 2015 had introduced a Tchibo coffee machine and unbranded the Mace store, with hopes to open a Spar store.
However, in 2016, the service station changed hands again and a separately planned Spar store was introduced.
At Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX14 4TX. [Google Maps]
The McDonald's and filling station are both open 24 hoursMcDonald's Drive Thru, Table Table (The Apple Cart), Costa Drive Thru, HarvesterPremier InnbookBP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue ContainersHGV parking available
BP Express operate the filling station
Notes: Originally just a petrol station and an outdoor toilet block next to the A4130, the services later gained a McDonald's, and a budget hotel-restaurant. More recently, the nearby town of Didcot (located at the junction of two major railways) was identified as prime land for development, which extended to the services, which has now gained more restaurants, a complete refurbishment of the petrol station, a new shop, a Costa drive thru and a Vauxhall dealer.
The land the services is built on was originally called Milton Heights. This name has crept back into use, following the opening of the large employment centre opposite (Milton Park) and the high-profile roadworks at the nearby roundabout (Milton Interchange).
Between Oxford and Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX2 8JZ. [Google Maps]
KFC, Starbucks, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, West Cornwall Pasty CoWaitroseEcotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Meeting Room, Showers, Welcome Break GamingTravelodgebook, Holiday InnbookShell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Yorkshire Tea, Autogas LPGFirst 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 Café, AdBlue ContainersHGV parking available
StarbucksShell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlueHGV parking available
BP Express operate the northbound filling station
Shell operate the southbound filling station
Euro Garages operate the northbound restaurant
23.5 Degrees operate the southbound restaurant
It's named after the farm that sits behind the northbound Little Chef (although strictly speaking services are supposed to be named after settlements, clearly an exception was made in this case).
For a couple of years after the completion of the M40, this was the last service station before Birmingham. The northbound side was deliberately built with this in mind, but the southbound side pre-dates this considerably: it was once a garage by the side of the A43 Oxford to Northampton road.
The first of the two southbound services consists of only a Shell with lots of room for expansion, and the second one houses a Starbucks, several houses and a derelict Fina petrol station which now sells motorhomes.
The petrol station closed in the 1990s and was known for being particularly cheap. The Shell garage used to be quiet and run-down, possibly due to the direct competition. The Starbucks was an Eat & Go restaurant until February 2016, and until September 2012 it was a Little ChefHistory. In the late 1980s Little Chef moved in to the building originally occupied by the Layby Cafe from their previous position on the other side of the petrol station.
The northbound services are a much later addition, built as a Happy Eater
which later became the common Little Chef/Burger King
combination. In 2011 this site was refurbished to Little Chef's new look.