The A23 has a number of small services, but this is probably the largest offer on the road.
Short stay customer parking is available for all vehicles. No overnight parking is available.
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Trivia and History
The Hickstead junction on the A23 used to offer easy access to The Castle Hotel and a 1920s garage, which in the 1970s became a full petrol station accompanied by a branch of Little Chef. There was a plan to add a hotel here but it didn't happen.
In the late 1980s, plans to upgrade the A23 here were proposed which involved the garage and Little Chef being demolished. In response, in 1988 Trusthouse Forte started submitting plans for a new, much larger service area in the opposite corner of the new junction. The original plans included a new filling station and Little Chef restaurant which would include a Coffee Stop shop alongside a new hotel and tourist information centre. These plans were refused so in 1989 new plans emerged dropping the hotel from the plans. This set of plans were approved. A final set of plans were submitted in 1991 reintroducing the Travelodge to the plans and an amended site layout however plans were once again refused but later approved on appeal.
The site finally opened in 1993 with the relocated branch of Little Chef alongside a Shell filling station and a 40-bed Travelodge hotel. The filling station later went onto become known as Ricebridge by Shell.
While Forte were planning this service area, BP proposed their own larger development at the next junction up, Bolney. That plan was refused in favour of this one.
In 1998, the restaurant gained an extension which saw the Coffee Stop turned into a Burger King. The Travelodge also received a 40-bed extension in the same year.
The Little Chef closed in 2017 as part of Euro Garages' shutdown of the brand with the restaurant being converted over the summer and being replaced with a Starbucks in September 2017. This was one of two Euro Garages trial sites for a Starbucks to be situated directly adjacent to a Burger King (the other being Ely). Upon inspection from senior managers at Starbucks, they decided not to let Euro Garages continue to roll out Starbucks adjacent to Burger King, which ultimately delayed the conversions from Little Chef elsewhere and led to the development of the mini-foodcourts at other former Little Chef sites.
In January 2021, Shell submitted plans to install 4 Shell Recharge electric vehicle charging bays on the forecourt. A decision is expected to be made in Spring 2021.
|Bolney (northbound, 3 miles)|
Handcross (southbound, 6 miles)
Pease Pottage (9 miles)
|Services on the A23||Pyecombe (5 miles)|