Hogs Back services
Hogs Back's impressive hotel is accessible to A31 traffic in both directions, but westbound isn't signed as it requires a long detour.
- Grid reference: SU890481
Trivia and History
The Hogs Back is a narrow elongated ridge which runs between Farnham and Guildford. It has given its name to the A31 between the two and to the hotel here, and now this service area has borrowed that name.
The services consist of a hotel and petrol station on the old alignment A31, which also takes in a couple of houses and a bus stop. Both premises have been there a long time; the hotel started as Poylehill House and became the Hogs Back Hotel in 1935.
Behind the petrol station were two properties, Doone House and Ridgeway, which were later demolished. There was a Happy Eater which became a Little Chef in 1996. This closed in 2004 and was demolished to make room for an expanded forecourt.
On the other side of the road, among the houses, was the Farnham branch of Little Chef. This was a transport cafe which became a Little Chef in the 1960s and closed in 1993 when the new road opened. It was later demolished.
|Ripley (A3 north, 13 miles)||Services on the A31||
Farnham (eastbound, 3 miles)|
Rownhams (M27 west, 50 miles)