Sutton Scotney services
|Road:||A34 between Winchester and Whitchurch|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||Welcome Break, Granada, Little Chef|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.|
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Catering: Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Typhoo Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Jackpot £500, Picnic Tables, Showers Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £19, or £21 to include a £6 food voucher.
Prices are paid at the pay and display machines in each parking area.
Trivia and History
Little Chef had wanted to move here for a while, to replace a site at Privett which was demolished during roadworks. By the time the plans started to materialise, Little Chef's owners Trusthouse Forte had acquired Welcome Break, so they included a Welcome Break shop, Granary restaurant and separate toilets within their plans for what had now become a large, Forte service area. The services opened in 1986 as a Little Chef but with smaller Welcome Break signs below, and it was supposed to be a sign of grander things for a-road services. The Travelodge opened two years later.
On both sides was an amenity building with three sections: a foyer, shop and toilets in the middle, Little Chef restaurant to the left and Granary to the right. The Granary later became conference facilities.
The filling station is operated by Shell.
When Trusthouse Forte and their owners Granada were forced to sell Welcome Break, Sutton Scotney was one of the few services which didn't need to be sold (as they were only forced to sell motorway sites). Unable to use Welcome Break's branding, Granada took it on as their own and refurbished it to match their own style. This included adding a Burger King to the site in what was the Granary area.
In 2000 there were plans to add a standalone retail catering unit, but no further detail is available.
It stayed this way until Granada morphed into Moto, and Moto handed the site back to Little Chef.
Little Chef and Resurgence
As Little Chef's primary concern is their own restaurant, and they had enough trouble maintaining these during the 2000s, under Little Chef's ownership the site has slowly become more dilapidated. Burger King eventually closed due to low patronage, leaving part of the services disused. In 2012, The Coffee Tempo! here was also replaced with Little Chef Express along with 10 other former Coffee Tempo! sites. In August 2013, Little Chef were bought by Kout Food Group however, these two sites here were kept by R Capital, and later sold to Roadchef.
They announced that they would be turning the two sites into their standard Costa/McDonald's/WHSmith combination and introducing a games arcade, bringing the former fast food unit back into use.
In 2014, Roadchef also had planning permission for an electric vehicle charging point here, but the landowner didn't provide permission.
Developments at the site during the Roadchef redevelopment were being made under the name 'First Motorway Services Ltd'.
Both sides included a Fone Bitz store for a time.
Under R Capital's management, Sutton Scotney was one of a few sites that had a Travelodge on both sides. However, both hotels closed in August 2013 as part of Travelodge's cuts coincidentally just before Little Chef was sold off to Kout Food Group.
However, the northbound hotel underwent a major refurbishment and reopened under Roadchef's hotel partner brand, Days Inn in June 2015. The southbound hotel is now open too.
|none on A34|
Rownhams (M27 west, 19 miles)
|Services on the A34||Tot Hill (14 miles)|
|Rownhams (M27 west, 19 miles)||Roadchef services||none nearby|
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