Services on the A34
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Full details: Sutton Scotney
A large Roadchef with toilets and fuel, separate services north and southbound.
Between Whitchurch and Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9BX. [Google Maps link]
Single site located at a junction.
Notes: The newest services on the A34, Tot Hill was built as part of the Newbury Bypass in 1996.
Further Reading: Restaurant History
Full details: Chieveley
Southbound only, no HGVs. Between Newbury and Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 ORW. [Google Maps link]
Single site located between junctions on the southbound side only.
Notes: The services are sometimes known as 'Berkshire Down' services. A Spar store is due to be introduced soon.
At Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX14 4TX. Also accessible to traffic on the A4130. [Google Maps link]
Single site located at a junction
Operator: BP Connect
Restaurants: McDonald's (with Drive Thru), Table Table (The Apple Cart), Costa drive-thru, Harvester
Motel Premier Inn[book rooms]
Forecourt BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Cafe, AdBlue Cannisters
Notes: Actually located off the A4130, the McDonald's is a very short distance from the rest of the services and has quite a complicated car park layout.
In recent years a series of refurbishments have seen the fourecourt improved and expanded, no doubt benefitting from more passing trade.
A Vauxhall dealer is accessed through the services.
Full details: Peartree
Between Kidlington and Wendlesbury, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QQ. [Google Maps link]
Three services (one northbound, two southbound) staggered across the carriageway with no public access between them.
Notes: It's named after the farm that sits behind the Little Chef. This creates a few legal problems because services names should relate to a geographical location if they want to appear on signs. For a couple of years this was the last service station before Birmingham.
The first of the two southbound services consists of only a Shell with lots of room for expansion, whereas the second one houses a former Little Chef, several houses and a derelict Fina petrol station, which was well known for being particularly cheap. The Layby Cafe was the original occupant of the site and now Eat & Go occupy the site.
The Little Chef used to be on the other side of the petrol station, but was moved in the '80s. The Shell site used to be very quiet and run-down, presumably due to the direct competition.
The northbound services are a much later addition, for a period was the common Little Chef/Burger King combination. In 2011 this site was upgraded to Little Chef's new look and it won a 5 star loo award.
The Little Chef on the southbound side closed on 26 September 2012.