Services on the A34
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Sutton ScotneyBetween Winchester and Whitchurch, Hampshire, SO21 3JY. [Google Maps]
Tot HillBetween Whitchurch and Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9BX. [Google Maps]
McDonald's and Shell filling station available 24 hours
Notes: The newest services on the A34, Tot Hill was built as part of the Newbury Bypass in 1996. While the bypass was being built, camps were set up here to protest against it.
ChieveleyBetween Newbury and Didcot, Berkshire, RG18 9XX. [Google Maps]
Berkshire DownSouthbound between Newbury and Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RW. [Google Maps]
Notes: The services are sometimes known as 'Chilton' services. A Spar store is due to be introduced soon.
DidcotAt Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX14 4TX. [Google Maps]
McDonalds available 24 hours
BP Express operate the forecourt
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.
PeartreeBetween Oxford and Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX2 8JZ. [Google Maps]
Family FarmBetween Kidlington and Wendlesbury, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QQ. [Google Maps]
BP Express operate the northbound filling station
Shell operate the southbound filling station
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 Restaurant History , 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 Little Chef 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.