|Road:||A303 between Basingstoke and Andover|
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|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.|
This page is about the current services on the A303. For the former services on the A33, see Popham (A33).
Two separate services at the start of the A303 - the westbound side has what is probably the most famous Little Chef in the country.
westbound only: Little Chef, Little Chef Express
eastbound only: Popham Diner, Tchibo Main Amenities:
westbound only: ChargeMaster Electric Vehicle Charging Point Forecourt:
westbound only: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Cafe, AdBlue Cannisters
eastbound only: Esso, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, Subway, Greggs
The westbound Little Chef also included a Burger King. At this time, the eastbound restaurant housed the Micheldever Little Chef. It is now an independent café called the Popham Diner, open 7 days a week.
The Esso petrol station formerly included an On the Run and Costa, however Euro Garages took it over in September 2015 and it now includes a newly refurbished Spar, Subway and Greggs.
Access to a builder's yard is also provided through the services. The eastbound services are older, and were originally briefly known as Cocksford Down.
Little Chef and the media
The Little Chef here featured in a three-hour documentary on Channel 4 in January 2009, where Heston Blumenthal tried to completely refurbish the brand. For months after the documentary was aired, the site (which used to be near-empty), was packed with customers, with reports of customers queueing to enter the car park and facing long waits inside. Despite this, it took boss Ian Pegler several months before he agreed to roll it out. It was then trialled at two more services, before a lightweight version was rolled out.
Popham was featured in Ross Noble's 2013 television series 'Ross Noble: Freewheeling' where he started episode 3 at the services trying to decide where he was going.
In January 2016, the Forecourt Trader Shop Doctor visited the Esso station and gave it a rating of 3.5 stars, praising the food facilities but said the fuel price was 5p more than the BP across the road.
|Fleet (M3 east, 18 miles)||Services on the A303||Barton Stacey (A303 westbound, 7 miles)|
The Buck (A303 eastbound, 8 miles)
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