For a long time this was a pair of busy Little Chef restaurants, now it is mostly about the petrol stations.
COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
Catering: westbound only: Starbucks Hotel: westbound only: Travelodge Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for all vehicles.
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- 🗺 Grid reference: SP866764
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Trivia and History
See also: A14 Planning Applications
This was the last site to have two Little Chef restaurants operating in tandem, until they were broken up in 2017.
In 1987, several local authorities created a joint policy for service areas on the new A14. This recommended building services at either J7 or J9, with no mention of any opportunities on this part of the road.
The westbound Little Chef opened in 1996 and the eastbound Little Chef opened in 1998, the latter using a prefabricated building designed to allow the company to expand quickly, built on land cheaply available on the Kettering Bypass. Both BP forecourts were already open so it was an easy place to build.
In August 2009, the westbound Little Chef received a thorough refurbishment, and was one of three restaurants chosen to appear in the Channel 4 documentary 'Did Heston Change Little Chef?'. With trade increasing it was planned to gain a Burger King, but this didn't materialise.
In January 2017, Little Chef and its associated brands were sold to Euro Garages. In June 2017, the eastbound restaurant closed with the westbound restaurant following a month later. Both buildings were painted black and reopened in September with a Starbucks occupying the westbound building, and Subway and Greggs stores occupying the eastbound building. The eastbound stores were crammed into the back of the building with Euro Garages building another building inside the original building using partition walls.
In late 2018, the eastbound Subway store closed. The building was then covered with Greggs branding. The Greggs closed in Autumn 2019, leaving the building empty.
|Rothwell (eastbound, 4 miles)|
Rothwell Truckstop (3 miles)
Corley (M6, 38 miles)
Leicester Forest East (M1 north, 37 miles)
|Services on the A14||Thrapston (9 miles)|
|Rothwell (eastbound, 4 miles)||Euro Garages services||Thrapston (9 miles)|