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Bilbrough Top services

Location:

A64, Bilbrough exit

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

YO23 3PP (Bilbrough Top), LS24 8EQ (Bilbrough East)

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Series of sites arranged around a junction.

Rating:



Two service areas positioned on the A64, around the Bilbrough exit.

Facilities

The main Bilbrough Top service area is accessible to all traffic from the Bilbrough exit.

Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru, Starbucks Drive Thru Hotel: Premier Inn Forecourt: BP, Hursts, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, LPG (FloGas), Car Wash

Only the forecourt is accessible to HGVs.

Bilbrough Eastbound

The secondary Bilbrough site is eastbound only. It is not accessible to HGVs.

Catering: Greggs Main Amenities: Free Cash Machine Hotel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Londis, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers, LPG (FloGas), Jet Wash

Parking Prices

The main Bilbrough Top service area offers short stay customer parking for cars in all car parks, with the exception of the Premier Inn car park where charges apply. HGVs are not accommodated outside of the fuel lanes, and charges apply for stopping.

Prices can be paid using the Horizon Spaces app using location code 5002.

Parking within the McDonald's is limited to 90 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced.

At the EG Group Bilbrough East service area, short stay parking is provided for customers in cars only.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Tadcaster Road
Bilbrough
York
North Yorkshire
YO23 3PP / LS24 8EQ


Trivia and History

This is a complicated set up on an old-fashioned section of the A64.

Travelling eastbound, there is a vague, non-conforming road sign hidden in a bus stop, telling motorists that 'Services' are on the left but not saying what there is or whether it's accessible to HGVs. In 2012, a second road sign was added (also with errors), explaining that the 'Services' is the EG Group Bilbrough East site, and not the main Bilbrough Exit.

This is then contradicted by the next series of signs which say that there is a service area at the Bilbrough exit. This is the main site and is accessible to people travelling both west and east. HGVs are allowed to access the forecourt only.

EG Group Bilbrough East

Bilbrough Top Little Chef.
The refurbished Little Chef in 2014.

The eastbound service area was developed by Citygrove Roadside in the late 1980s, and opened in June 1991 with the York East branch of Little ChefHistory alongside a Travelodge hotel and a filling station. A Burger King was added in the late 1990s, and later closed.

The restaurant was one of Little Chef's most profitable site and was the second restaurant to be refurbished by Heston Blumenthal, copying the blue sky ceiling and wall of memorabilia.

In 2012, a Little Chef Express was added and then, in 2014, the Burger King re-opened. The restaurant lasted until the very end of Little Chef, January 2018, when the rights for Euro Garages to use the brand expired and the Little Chef becoming their temporary brand EG Diner. The EG Diner and the Burger King both closed for refurbishment on 24 August 2018.

The site reopened in November 2018 with a moved, refurbished Burger King and a new Greggs, in the former Little Chef area. A Sainsbury's On the go also joined the site in the former Burger King, in the summer of 2019, however this closed in March 2020 due to Covid-19 and never reopened. The unit now stands empty. In 2021, baby changing facilities were removed from the site. The Burger King is also temporarily closed, meaning the site falls under Greggs' hours, with the main building closing at 4pm.

The forecourt was previously branded Jet, before changing over to Total in the 2000s. Over the winter of 2011/12, MRH acquired the forecourt and rebranded the site to BP, and later added their own-brand Hursts store in 2013. The site was acquired by MFG in 2018 following the merger of the two companies and they rebranded the store again to Londis in 2020.

Main Bilbrough Top

Bilbrough Top services.
The main Bilbrough Top site in 2007.

The main Bilbrough Top site is more in keeping with modern service areas in that it is a piece of land that has been sold in sections by a developer.

Development started with Happy Eater building their York branch directly off the westbound carriageway of the A64. In 1988, Scarborough Property Company began developing the land to the west of here. These new facilities would be accessed from a new turning at Redhill Field Lane, creating a notorious crossroads.

Scarborough's Q8 filling station, McDonald's Drive Thru, Travel Inn and a Land Rover dealer all opened during the 1990s. The filling station later rebranded to Pace in the 2000s, and the hotel to Premier Inn around the same time.

In 1993, the Happy Eater became the York West branch of Little ChefHistory. This closed in 2004, in an era where Permira were unwilling to support branches that didn't have Travelodges. It may also be that they were worried about the forthcoming roadworks.

The new Bilbrough Top Flyover opened in February 2005. The old direct access to the Little Chef was closed and replaced by a link road running through the newer service area and through an abandoned car park. The new link road includes a number of unused farm accesses, suggesting there is an aspiration to develop more of the land here.

The new flyover created a new era for the facilities here, as they were now much safer to access, especially when travelling east. The old Little Chef became Triton's Fish & Chips in 2009, followed by Scott's Fish & Chips in 2014, which closed in 2020. In April 2021, 23.5 Degreeswebsite were awarded planning permission to convert this building into a Starbucks Drive Thru, with the store opening on 25 June 2021 following a delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The forecourt was later acquired by Malthurst who rebranded it to BP in the mid-2000s. Malthurst was later acquired by MRH in the late 2000s, who added their own-brand Hursts store in 2013. MFG then acquired MRH and the site in 2018. In early 2018, MRH had hoped to redevelop the forecourt shop, but this plan was refused.

Alternatives

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Wetherby (A1(M) north, 15 miles)
Ferrybridge (A1(M) south, 20 miles)
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