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Barton Stacey services

Location:

A303 westbound between Basingstoke and Andover

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

SO21 3NF

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located between junctions on one side of the road.



The westbound partner to The Buck services is the more crowded Barton Stacey.

Facilities[edit]

Catering: Starbucks Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Esso, Shop, Costa Express, Rollover, Air1 AdBlue

Contact Details[edit]

Address:
Barton Stacey Filling Station
Drayton
Barton Stacey
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 3NF


Trivia and History[edit]

Abandoned building.
The original restaurant is now abandoned.

The forecourt here was known as Drayton Garage (probably Drayton Park at one point) and dates back to at least 1965. Next to it were a series of cottages called Drayton Pump Cottages (named after Drayton Pump Farm). A motorhome park was positioned at the back (also called Drayton Park), which is still there today.

The Barton Stacey branch of Little ChefHistory was built behind it in the 1970s, which operated in tandem with The Buck. It looked clearly like a converted house, with external steps up to a staff room on the top floor, and a square area poking out from the front. While it was visible from the road, it was shielded by the petrol station.

Second Generation[edit]

As traffic levels increased, the site became too cramped and in 1986 Fortes and Mobil embarked on a joint project to build a new restaurant and filling station, with the old restaurant becoming a car repair unit. The new restaurant was on the site of the old cottages. The old restaurant became a car repair unit, with additional sheds being built in its car park.

The main reason for the works was that as a busy holiday route, this was chosen as a trial site for Little Chef Lodge, which became Travelodge. The refurbishment upset the Secretary of State for Defence, who had waiting for the services to stop borrowing their sewerage pipe and instead found output increased.

The forecourt changed from Mobil to Shell before becoming Esso, who call it Barton Stacey service station. It is operated by MFG.

The Little Chef survived many takeovers, but after Euro Garages moved in it became an early casualty and closed in July 2017. It re-opened as a Starbucks shortly after. Meanwhile the old restaurant has fallen into disrepair.

Alternatives[edit]

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Popham (7 miles) Services on the A303 Weyhill (8 miles)
The Buck (eastbound, 1 mile)
none Euro Garages services Weyhill (8 miles)