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Leeming Bar rest area

Leeming Bar rest area
Leeming Bar services
Road:A1 between Dishforth and Darlington
(also accessible to traffic on the A684)
(Google Maps link)
Address:Motel Leeming Services
90 Bedale Road
North Yorkshire
Signposted from the road?no (side roads only)
Grid reference:SE283893
Services type:Single site located at a junction.


Former independent service area which was taken over by Moto in 2014. Now no longer directly accessible from the A1 following the upgrade to motorway status.


Catering: Costa, Eat & Drink Co. menu, McDonald's Drive Thru, Costa Express Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Showers Motel: The Lodge at Leeming Bar Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, FloGas LPG, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles. After which, cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £14.50 or £16 to include a £7.50 meal voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2524.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia & History

Originally on the A1 northbound, the services were upgraded from a roadside café to service area status in 1977. For years it was thought the services would close when the A1 became A1(M) and the Leeming exit closed, but it has been given permission to expand into a large, but distant, service area. However, Exelby Services opened their Coneygarth site at junction 51 of the A1(M) in 2014 which has resulted in Leeming Bar no longer being signed from the A1.

There used to be a Little Chef here.

Motorway Era

Leeming Bar had put in an application to build a new truckstop at one of the new junctions on the A1 but this, as with other controversies such as Kirby Hill, was rejected in favour of expanding the current site. With the owners struggling to fund the refurbishment, in 2014 Moto took over the services, giving them a near-monopoly on services between Blyth and Washington.

By September 2014 the petrol station, which had reopened as a Texaco when Rainton closed, had been re-branded as BP, an established Moto partner. The cafe, which traced its history to one opened by the previous owners, the Les family, on the old A1 north of Leeming in the 1940s, had undergone a minor refurbishment and been re-branded as a Costa, though it retained a hot food counter and served EDC products.

The large shop, the Yorkshire Maid, had closed and been replaced by a small shop with WHSmith fittings and signage joining salvaged furniture in the main cafe, in a room previously used as a shop, an office or an alcove for takeaway food. The McDonald's remained although offers promoting Burger King at other Moto sites were advertised in the cafe. The lodge retained its independent branding and character as a local amenity, including Benedict's restaurant.


Services on the A1Wetherby (27 miles)
Scotch Corner (11 miles)
Wetherby (27 miles)Moto services Scotch Corner (11 miles)

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