Another large, former Little Chef, now living on borrowed time.
Last updated January 2018.
Trivia and Design
The A303 has several signposted 'local facilities', including some signed from the opposite side of the roundabout.
It is located on the A358, but not the major road that leads to Taunton - that is a fourth (of five) exit from this roundabout. The roundabout is called 'Southfields', but 'Ilminster' is the name promoted by the facilities.
It is one of few A-road services to have motorway-style 'Tiredness Can Kill' signs on each approach to it, suggesting there is a history of fatigue-related problems here.
Shell operate the filling station.
It started out in the late 1980s as a Happy Eater. The restaurant is positioned in the corner right next to the roundabout, while the forecourt is higher up, closer to the entrance.
This restaurant became a Little Chef, which gained a Burger King and a Travelodge in the late 1990s. In 2002 it was promoted to Little Chef Choices, which saw it gain a Harry Ramsden's and Caffe Ritazza. These were removed and Coffee Tempo! joined instead.
In 2012, the restaurant was one of several to receive a thorough refurbishment, gaining a Good to Go in the process. As one of the more profitable sites it lasted until January 2018, when the new owners' rights to the name expired. The signs were taken down and the restaurant continues as EG Diner, which is itself due to be replaced by a KFC soon.
| Stoke-sub-Hamdon (westbound, 9 miles)|
Cartgate picnic area (10 miles)
Townsend (eastbound, 11 miles)
|Services on the A303||
Exeter (M5 south via Honiton, 31 miles)|
Taunton Deane (M5 south via Taunton, 14 miles)
Bridgwater (M5 north, 16 miles)
|Podimore (11 miles)||Euro Garages services||Sourton Cross (A30, 61 miles)|