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Ecton services

Ecton
Euro Garages
Ecton services
Road:A45 between Northampton and Wellingborough
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Address:Nene Valley Service Area
Nene Valley Way
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN3 5LU
Signposted from the road?Yes
Opened:1980s
Previous operators:Roadchef
Grid reference:SP824625
Services type:Two sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.
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A pair of Euro Garages filling stations, and Highways England-approved truckstops. The eastbound filling station is open 24 hours.

Facilities

Catering: Scoffers Cafewebsite (eastbound only) Forecourt: Esso, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue Containers

Trivia and History

There used to be a restaurant on either side of the road here. The westbound one was built by Roadchef and sold by them in the early 1990s. Both were later inherited by AJ's, they then became Little Chefs.

The newer eastbound side has a larger building and parking areas.

Due to the proliferation of Little Chefs in the area, both restaurants closed in 2000. The eastbound side was taken over by an independent café, but the westbound side fell in to disrepair, with its own car park (featuring Roadchef signage) being taken over by 17 years of foliage growth. It did have adverts pasted to it, including ones for Scoffers Cafe, but these have been buried by the undergrowth.

Until 2009, it was still easily accessible. Despite being one of the most historic former Little Chefs, the westbound restaurant is also one of the most dilapidated, and demolition looks likely.

It is sometimes called Nene Valley services. Travelodge motels were proposed here in 1990 and 1997.

Alternatives

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Grange Park (6 miles) Services on the A45 Wellingborough (6 miles)