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Markfield services

Euro Garages
Markfield services
Road:M1 at J22
(also accessible to traffic on the A50 and the A511)

Address:Leicester Markfield Service Area
A50-M1 Interchange
Little Shaw Lane
LE67 9PP
Telephone number:01530 244706
Signposted from the road?No
Previous operators:Granada, Moto, BP Express
Previous names:Leicester
Grid reference:SK476111
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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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.


Catering: none Shops: none Main Amenities: none Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue Containers, Car Wash

Parking Prices

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

The services were built by Granada who wanted to quickly increase their number of sites. They may have been hoping their Granada Lodge would stop Welcome Break expanding Leicester Forest East.

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.

It was then sold to Euro Garages, with only toilets and a Burger King. Euro Garages changed the Burger King to a Starbucks and reopened the shop as a Spar, but later closed the whole building.

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.

Naming Issues

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.

Survey Results

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)