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Alwalton (Kate's Cabin) services


A1 northbound at Peterborough

Signposted from the road.



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Two sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.

Only the northbound side, which is an old truckstop, is an official service area, although there is also a hotel on the southbound side.


COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 2 December 2020, with changes caused by COVID-19.

Catering: Kate's Cabin Cafe and Truckstopwebsite (northbound only), Starbucks Drive Thru (southbound only) Hotel: closed Forecourt: BP, Applegreen, Subway, Costa Express, AdBlue4You, LPG (Autogas)

Parking Prices

Overnight northbound HGV parking costs £15 per night.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Great North Road

Trivia and History

The site is widely known as Kate's Cabin, after the truckstop and café here which opened in the 1930s. It later gained a BP petrol station, which became self-service in 1978.

The petrol station was rebuilt in 1987, and again in the late 2000s. In late 2015, was sold by BP to an independent dealer, who introduced a Spar store and Subway to the site.

In late 2017 it was sold to Applegreen. In November 2018 Applegreen purchased a significant stake of Welcome Break. One of the trade-offs of the purchase was that this site would eventually be re-branded Welcome Break, and adjusted to reflect the rest of their estate. It's not clear if Welcome Break will continue to call it Kate's Cabin.

Southbound Facilities

Little Chef.
The southbound Little Chef.

On the opposite side of the road was the Alwalton Little ChefHistory and a Travelodge.

Although these weren't signed as services, it's worth noting that it was one of the oldest Little Chefs in the country, even if it was rebuilt in 1986 in its more familiar brick styling. At the same time a new Little Chef Lodge opened, which is now the Travelodge. The old restaurant was in the middle of today's car park, and there was a small, abandoned petrol station there too.

The building gained a Burger King in 1998, but the Little Chef had to become an EG Diner in January 2018. Both this and the Burger King closed on 23 May 2018. For a long time it was not known what Euro Garages intended to do with the building, as it lay empty. In June 2019 the old building was demolished and work started to build a new Starbucks, which opened on 10 January 2020.


Peterborough (1 mile) Services on the A1 Stibbington (4 miles)
Wyboston (southbound, 26 miles) Applegreen services North Muskham (southbound, 49 miles)
Cromwell (northbound, 50 miles)