A pair of petrol stations immediately north of Longbridge Island.
COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
Catering: Starbucks Drive Thru Forecourt: on both sides: BP, Wild Bean Café, Free Cash Machine
plus northbound only: BP Connect, AdBlue Containers
and southbound only: M&S Simply Food, Air1 AdBlue
Old Budbrooke Road
- 🗺 Grid reference: SP265645
🌍 Operators (Official Websites):
Trivia and History
This service area was built in around 1981, as a pair of Little Chefs and Mobil petrol stations. The planning authorities were keen on Budbrooke being presented as an option for traffic on the M40, which had a long debate about possible service area locations.
At one stage in the late 1980s they even considered building a flyover at Budbrooke to make access easier for M40 traffic. Eventually the authorities relented and allowed the M40 to be provided with its own service areas instead.
The Little Chefs were known as the Warwick North and Warwick South branches. They gained Burger Kings in around 1996. The restaurants were closed as part of the sale by People Restaurant Group in 2007.
On 8 October 2008, Little Chef's new owners RCapital reopened the northbound restaurant. The event was marked by a gala opening party attended by the chairman of RCapital, Peter Ward. Unfortunately the reopening didn't last long and the northbound restaurant later closed close again in 2012.
The southbound restaurant later reopened as the Autogrill Cafe for a few years, before becoming The Breakfast Junction. This closed in 2018.
The petrol stations were refurbished between 2008 and 2009, and the southbound filling station was further refurbished in 2017, where it gained an M&S Simply Food store.
A Euro Garages-operated Starbucks drive thru opened on the southbound side in August 2015. During late 2018, the former northbound Little Chef building was demolished to make way for another Euro Garages-operated Starbucks Drive Thru which opened in February 2019.
|Oversley Mill (14 miles)|
Warwick (M40 south, 7 miles)
Rowborough (A429 south, 17 miles)
|Services on the A46||Binley (southbound, 11 miles)|
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