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Bilbrough Top services

Location:

A64, Bilbrough exit

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

YO23 3PP (Bilbrough Top), LS24 8EG (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.

COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 17 February 2021, with changes caused by COVID-19.
Catering: McDonald's 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: Temporarily closed 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 8EG


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 built as a Little Chef, Travelodge and a petrol station in 1991. It was developed by Citygrove Roadside, and was known as the York East branch. A Burger King was added and later closed.

A popular site, this 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 later, in 2014, the Burger King re-opened. The restaurant lasted until the very end of Little Chef in January 2018: the land was purchased by Euro Garages, and became 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 refurbished Burger King and a new Greggs. A Sainsbury's On the go also joined the site in the summer of 2019, however this hasn't reopened since the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.

The forecourt has previously been branded Total, and is now BP.

Main Bilbrough Top

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 petrol station, McDonald's, Premier Inn and a Land Rover dealer all opened during the 1990s. The petrol station has been branded Q8 and Pace.

In 1993, the Happy Eater became the York West branch of Little Chef. 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, followed by Scott's Fish & Chips which closed in 2020. There is an ongoing planning application wanting to turn this into a drive thru Starbucks.

Although the forecourt here is also branded BP, this one is owned by MFG. 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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