|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.|
Two separate services at the start of the A303 - the westbound side has what is probably the most famous Little Chef in the country.
Operator: BP Connect
General: ChargeMaster Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Traffic Information, WiFi
Restaurants: Little Chef, Little Chef Express
Fuel: BP (with: Wild Bean Café M&S Simply Food)
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 is currently being trialled at two more services.
There used to be a restaurant eastbound, this was the Micheldever Little Chef. At this time the westbound Little Chef also included a Burger King.
The eastbound one is now an independent café, open 7 days a week.
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 is going to go from tweets from members of the public.
|Fleet (M3 east, 18 miles)||Services on the A303||Barton Stacey (A303 westbound, 7 miles)|
The Buck (A303 eastbound, 8 miles)