|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 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, or £16 to include a £6 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2450.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
The first application for a service area here referred to a "drive-in type restaurant".
Change Of Owners
Moto inherited it with an amenity building with a retail store, Burger King and a Little Chef. The Little Chef and shop closed, the Little Chef became a Costa and was then closed again and substituted by Coffee Nation.
Mobil owned the filling station and sold it to BP, who took over the entire service area to determine what facilities are on site, although they closed their Wild Bean Café down and leased the forecourt to Euro Garages.
Markfield was officially known as Leicester, but we referred 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.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.
|Leicester Forest East (6 miles)||Services on the M1||Donington Park (9 miles)|
|road becomes A511||Services on the A50||Leicester (A46, 9 miles)|