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Capel St Mary services


A12 at J32A

Signposted from the road.



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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. While it is technically possible to move between northbound and southbound here, it's not an official route.


Northbound Facilities

COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
Catering: Cappadocia Turkish Restaurantwebsite Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: Jet, Londis, Costa Express, Rollover, AdBlue Containers

None of the northbound facilities are accessible to HGVs.

Southbound Facilities

COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
Catering: Starbucks Hotel: Travelodgebook Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: BP, Spar, Costa Express, Rollover, AdBlue Containers

Only the southbound forecourt is accessible to HGVs.

Parking Prices

Short stay customer car parking is available.

No HGV access is available northbound. The southbound side can be used by HGVs, but there are no formal parking spaces.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Capelgate Services
A 12
London Road
Capel St. Mary

Trivia and History

Little Chef.
The southbound Little Chef, pictured in 2006.

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

Capel St Mary services 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 expected to gain a Subway but as of 2021 it has not been built.

There was once a third restaurant here. Immediately to the south of here was a Happy Eater. Initially it competed with Little Chefs, and then pretended to compete while they were both owned by the same company. Eventually it had to be converted, but it 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. BP call their forecourt Bentley service station.


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