|Road:||A34/A40/A44 Peartree Interchange|
(Oxford Ring Road)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Telephone number:||01865 514268|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||Autogrill, Granada, Little Chef|
|Previous names:||Oxford Peartree|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Peartree/Welcome Break's official website|
Little Chef Wiki
Once a dire and ageing Little Chef, these services were recently taken over by Welcome Break and given a completely new list of brands. It's open from 6am until "late" - 10pm to be precise.
Due to a shortage of space HGVs are banned from the services, but there is room for coaches.
Catering: KFC, Starbucks, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, West Cornwall Pasty Co. Shops: Waitrose Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Meeting Room, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Travelodge, Holiday Inn Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Yorkshire Tea
First 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.
Further information is not available, pleaseif you know.
Trivia and History
Until recently, the services here were signposted as being open 11am until "late" - this has recently changed as Starbucks opens at 6am, Waitrose opens at 6:30am and KFC is open from 10am. These units are all shut by 11pm but Welcome Break is planning to keep the Starbucks open 24 hours a day, to match all of their motorway sites.
Welcome Break's most recent takeover here extends to the main facilities only, meaning they do not operate the hotels.
The services were opened by Forte on 29 June 1964, remaining with the group until it was transferred to Granada in 1996. It was quite an upmarket service area with the first Granary restaurant and a carvery, and the walls down to the basement toilets were lined with carpet. It was built alongside the Excelsior Motor Lodge, dating from the 1960s, which by the early 1990s was branded as a Welcome Lodge.
It was the first service area with a Little Chef alongside it, which was at first housed in a prefab-type building opposite the main building. Like Trusthouse Forte's MSAs, the services were badged as Welcome Break from the mid-1980s. Granada acquired the site with Forte in 1996 and retained it when the motorway arm of Welcome Break was spun off. At some point around this time Little Chef was moved into the main building, displacing the Granary.
As a commercial development, the services were often called Oxford, until it was taken over by a company who already had an Oxford services.
Under Compass ownership the elderly hotel - called the Oxford Lodge - was largely demolished with two hotels being built on the site. The larger, more upmarket hotel was promoted as the first Posthouse to be built in twenty years, but the hotels opened following the divestment by Compass of its hotel and roadside businesses and the larger hotel thus opened as a Holiday Inn, the smaller as a Travelodge.
Little Chef remained the main occupant of the main building, alongside Burger King. Compass experimented with an Upper Crust counter and a joint Little Chef/Harry Ramsden's menu; the People's Restaurant Company demolished the games area and opened a Coffee Tempo!. The shop still used Granada branding until it was closed at the end of 2009.
Although the main restaurant was well-run, the building itself was run-down, with dirty, poorly signed toilets and a car park with few signs to it. Welcome Break took over the site in April 2010 and completely refitted the site, with the new one opening at 11am on the 9 July 2010.
|Didcot (15 miles)||Services on the A34||Family Farm (5 miles)|
|Oxford (10 miles)||Services on the A40||Eynsham (5 miles)|
|Oxford (10 miles)||Welcome Break services||Warwick (M40 north, 35 miles)|
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