The Gate Inn is an old facility which has managed to survive the modernisation of the A2. It has a partner on the other side, Harbledown.
Gate Service Station
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Trivia and History
The Gate pub was a historic facility provided on the old Watling Street, which appeared to be named after a toll gate. This was expanded to become the Gate Inn, which survived the A2 being upgraded via a short bypass in the 1970s. It became a grade II listed building in 1979.
In 1983 the Gate Inn was taken over to become the Gate branch of Little Chef, alongside modern fuel facilities. The Little Chef closed on 22 August 2012 as part of the chain's cuts, but it was purchased by the branch manager who turned it into Sheila's Kitchen. Sheila’s Kitchen opened in May 2013 with the kitchen retaining the look of an old pub whilst serving as a modern diner. Sheila’s Kitchen closed its doors for the final time on Wednesday 24 April 2019 following the owner moving on to focus on other business ventures.
The original Travelodge car park which sits on the south side of the forecourt here has been abandoned for many years. This is now set to be given a new lease of life as MFG submitted plans in April 2020 to build a Starbucks Drive Thru on this land. A decision is set to be made by the end of 2020.
Past the restaurant is the Esso petrol station which was rebuilt in 2006 as part of Esso's On the Run programme introducing a Costa café to the site. This was taken over by MRH in 2015 who introduced Hursts and Greggs brands to the site. MFG later replaced Hursts with a Londis store in 2020.
| none on A2|
Medway (18 miles)
|Services on the A2||
Harbledown (eastbound, 1 mile)|
Jubilee (19 miles)