|Road:||M1 at J22|
(also accessible to traffic on the A50 and the A511)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Address:||Leicester Markfield Service Area|
Little Shaw Lane
|Telephone number:||01530 244706|
|Signposted from the road?||No|
|Previous operators:||Granada, Moto, BP Express|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Euro Garages's official website|
Now little more than a petrol station and a hotel next to the M1, Markfield shows all the promise of being a full service area but doesn't actually achieve it.
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 and HGVs £14.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2450.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
A Greggs is due to open here soon.
The first application for a service area here referred to a "drive-in type restaurant".
Markfield was officially known as Leicester, but we refer to it as Markfield to avoid confusion with ex-Extra's Leicester services, now known as Leicester North, and Welcome Break's Leicester Forest East, the latter being only six miles away but thought to be closing at some point in the future. Interestingly, both Euro Garages and Travelodge refer to the services as Markfield.
Change Of Owners
The fall of Markfield
The Little Chef and shop closed in 2008. Through time, the Little Chef became a Moto-operated Costa and was then closed again, leaving a large empty unit next to the Burger King unit. Moto sold the main amenities building to Euro Garages who introduced a Coffee Nation machine in the main building, but removed this when the services closed down. The Burger King seems to have closed with immediate effect, because the now-out-of-date promotional posters and furniture, as well as Burger King logos, are still in the building to this day. Lots of mould has gathered around the partition next to Burger King and within the former Costa unit. The entire building is flooded and the floor has worn away. Little attention is given to the site - the entire site, including the children's play area and other external amenities, is overgrown.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.
|Leicester Forest East (6 miles)||Services on the M1||Donington (9 miles)|
|none nearby||Services on the A50||Leicester (A46, 9 miles)|