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
- Grid reference: TR089587
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.
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. The kitchen retains the look of an old pub while serving as a modern diner.
Past the Sheila's Kitchen restaurant is the Esso petrol station, which was re-built in 2006 with a modern forecourt and a large On the Run convenience store combined with a Costa cafe. The petrol station was then sold to MRH in 2015 with the cafe immediately removed and replaced by a bunch of Costa Coffee machines; this was followed by a re-brand of the store to the operator's own-brand Hursts a year later, followed by a Greggs outlet in 2017. MFG now operate the petrol station since the recent takeover of MRH.
| none on A2|
Medway (18 miles)
|Services on the A2||
Harbledown (eastbound, 1 mile)|
Jubilee (19 miles)