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Astwick services

Location:

A1 northbound between Stevenage and Biggleswade

Signposted from the road? Northbound only

Postcode:

SG5 4BL

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

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


This is the current A1 forecourt in Bedfordshire. For the former service area in Yorkshire, see Aberford.

Another site which had become a shadow of its former self: the site has recently been given a new lease of life.

Facilities

Northbound

Forecourt: BP, Nisa Local, Subway, Costa Express, AdBlue4You

Southbound

COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
Catering: Cotey'swebsite Forecourt: Applegreen, Lavazza Kitchen, AdBlue Containers, Free Cash Machine Hotel: Redwings Lodgewebsite

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available. No HGV or overnight parking is available.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Astwick Service Station
Great North Road
Stotfold
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG5 4BL


Trivia and History

For many years Astwick looked like a typical pair of Little Chefs and petrol stations, but the history is a lot more colourful.

Early History

Old Little Chef.
The southbound Little Chef before it closed.

Astwick's history starts with a large house called 'Roseland' (later 'Chilcotes'), which was built in the 1910s next to the Great North Road, opposite the Greyhound pub. The Northway garage (and a house behind it) were built in the 1930s, slightly south of here.

In the 1960s the A1 was upgraded to a dual carriageway, with frequent gaps for turning traffic. The garage became the southbound BP petrol station, while 'Roseland' was taken over by Happy Eater in the 1980s to become their Baldock branch. In 1989 the Hinxworth Travelodge was built next to it.

In 1996, that Happy Eater became the Baldock branch of Little ChefHistory. It operated until 2010, when it was closed and left derelict. In 2013 the Travelodge closed, but the following year that was taken over and refurbished by Redwings Lodge.

The forecourt gained a Wild Bean Café in 2009, but the whole place closed in 2018 leaving only a motel on the southbound side. Both the restaurant and forecourt reopened in summer 2019 under the name Cotey's and Applegreen respectively.

Northbound Side

The northbound service area was built in 1980 on the site of New Inn Farm, in between the southbound facilities. Building here meant that northbound customers no longer had to turn across the A1 dual carriageway, which was both off-putting and likely to be closed at some point.

This purpose-built development consisted of a petrol station (branded 'BP self serve') and the Astwick branch of Little ChefHistory, a flat-roofed diner which looked considerably less grand than its southbound counterpart. In 2004 it was closed by Permira, not helped by competition from Baldock services to the south. Nobody could be found to purchase it so the building was permanently locked, with its furniture still inside.

The building stood like this until summer 2009, when the former restaurant building was demolished to make way for BP to re-build their petrol station and replaced it with a much larger site. The forecourt was sold in 2014 with the shop being re-fitted under Nisa Local brand, and it gained a Subway outlet in 2017.

In May 2019, Highway Stops Retail were granted planning permission to extend the shop to introduce a brand new Costa Drive Thru store which will see the drive-thru lane looping around the forecourt shop. The plans also include new HGV pumps, 3 electric vehicle charging bays and new parking areas for all vehicles including caravans and HGVs. Construction started in August 2020 and the Costa Drive Thru is expected to open in Spring 2021.

Alternatives

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