A small service station on an old and busy section of the A1.
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Great North Road
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Trivia and History
The garage also provides access to a small lane called West Park Drive. This lane used to provide access between the Great North Road (now the A1) and Stapleton Hall, a stately home built in the early 18th Century and demolished in the 1950s. There was a wide entrance and a gateway lodge, as many of these buildings had, called West Lodge. This would have been outside the entrance to what's now Busy Bee's Diner.
In the 1960s the lodge was demolished and the A1 was upgraded. A petrol station called the Wayside Garage was built, and a café called Wayside Cafe. That café was built behind another house, which looked not unlike others which had been built along West Park Drive, but by the old entrance are two grand pillars. The two buildings later merged, and throughout the 2000s the roof of the old café appears to have continually deteriorated and has now been removed entirely. The café went on to be named Waywest Cafe, and then Busy Bee's Diner.
In 2002 and again in 2008, there was a plan to demolish the café building and replace it with houses.
In 2011, the petrol station was expanded and a building to the side of it, used by A1 Recovery, was demolished. An eXpress store became Londis, which is now an Applegreen store. The petrol station is the main service station facility, with the café just being a neighbouring facility.
In November 2018 Applegreen purchased a significant stake of Welcome Break. One of the trade-offs of the purchase was that Darrington would eventually be re-branded Welcome Break, and adjusted to reflect the rest of their estate.
|Barnsdale Bar (3 miles)||Services on the A1||Ferrybridge (2 miles)|
| Cromwell (northbound, 43 miles)|
North Muskham (southbound, 44 miles)
|Applegreen services||none nearby|