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Family Farm services

Location:

A34 between Oxford and the M40

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

OX25 3QQ

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Three sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.



One northbound service area and two southbound ones near the start of the A34. The northbound side in particular is receiving investment.

Facilities

Catering: Starbucks Main Amenities: northbound only: BP Chargemaster Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Tourist Information Forecourt: northbound only: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue
southbound only: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Contact Details

Address:
Family Farm Service Station
Weston-on-the-Green
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX25 3QQ


Trivia and Design

Heston's Little Chef.
The northbound Little Chef was heavily invested in.

Although the businesses here tend to prefer the geographic name 'Weston-on-the-Green', the signs are clear that the services are named 'Family Farm'. It is named after the farm that sits behind the northbound Starbucks. Strictly speaking services are supposed to be named after settlements.

The first of the two southbound services consists of only a Shell with lots of room for expansion, and the second one houses a Starbucks, several houses and a derelict Fina petrol station which now sells motorhomes.

There are plans to create a Starbucks drive thru and a Greggs drive thru on the northbound side.

History

For a couple of years after the completion of the M40, this was the last service station before Birmingham. The northbound side was deliberately built with this in mind, but the southbound side pre-dates this considerably: it was once a garage by the side of the A43 Oxford to Northampton road.

The second southbound petrol station closed in the 1990s and was known for being particularly cheap. The Shell garage used to be quiet and run-down, possibly due to the direct competition. The Starbucks was an Eat & Go restaurant until February 2016, and until September 2012 it was a Little ChefHistory. In the late 1980s Little Chef moved in to the building originally occupied by the Layby Cafe from their previous position on the other side of the petrol station.

The northbound services are a much later addition, built as a Happy Eater which later became the common Little ChefHistory/Burger King combination. In 1995 there were plans to build a Travelodge on the grass next to the forecourt.

In 2011 this site was refurbished to Little Chef's new look, Wonderfully British. The Little Chef closed in late July 2017 to become one of Euro Garages' Starbucks.

Alternatives

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Peartree (5 miles) Services on the A34 Cherwell Valley (M40 north, 7 miles)
Bicester (A41, 4 miles)
Tot Hill (40 miles) Euro Garages services Cherwell Valley (M40 north, 7 miles)
Bicester (A41, 4 miles)