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Capel St Mary services


A12 at J32a

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

A complicated history of several sites clustered around a junction. The northbound side does not permit HGVs.



Catering: Cappadocia Turkish Restaurantwebsite Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point Forecourt: Jet, Londis, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers


Catering: Starbucks Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Spar, Costa Express, Rollover, AdBlue4You Containers

Contact Details

Capelgate Services
A 12
London Road
Capel St. Mary

Trivia and History

Little Chef.
The old southbound Little Chef.

The bypass of Capel St Mary is an old (1960s) one, with a flat crossroads serving the village.

This was built as a pair of Little Chefs in 1986. These gained coffee bars in 1994 and Burger Kings in 1996. Both sides closed in August 2012.

The southbound Starbucks was due to gain a Subway but as of 2019 it has not been built.

There was a third Little Chef here. Immediately to the south of here was a Happy Eater. Initially it competed with them, and then pretended to compete while they were both owned by the same company. Eventually it had to be converted, but only served as a Little Chef from 1998 until 2000 before it inevitably closed. It's now Zaynab Indian Cuisine.

The BP filling station included a BP Connect and Wild Bean Café which closed in around October 2014 and then, briefly, a Mace store.


Colchester (10 miles) Services on the A12 Orwell (A14 westbound, 7 miles)
Martlesham Heath (13 miles)
Beacon Hill (A14, 11 miles)