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Kettering services

Location:

A14 between J8 and J9

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

NN14 1RW

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Two sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.

Rating:



For a long time this was a pair of busy Little Chef restaurants, now it is mostly about the petrol stations.

Facilities

Catering: westbound only: Starbucks Hotel: westbound only: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for cars at all facilities, whilst short stay HGV parking areas are available at both forecourts.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
A14 Services
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN14 1RW


Trivia and History

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The Little Chef in 2009.

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Westbound Little Chef opened 1996
Eastbound Little Chef opened 1998
Westbound side Hestonised 2009
Re-branded by Euro Garages 2017

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.

With the A14 passing through several local authorities in this area, a joint policy was created in 1987 for service areas on the new A14 to adhere to. This recommended building services at either J7 or J9, with no mention of any opportunities on this part of the road.

The westbound Little ChefHistory opened in 1996 and the eastbound Little ChefHistory 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.

Since the mid-2000s, both forecourts have been BP Connect sites and have included Wild Bean Cafés.

The westbound Little Chef received a thorough refurbishment in August 2009, 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.

Owing to the increased traffic using the site, BP added a M&S Simply Food store to the westbound filling station in 2012. They later added a M&S Food to Go store to the eastbound filling station in 2017.

Following Kout Food Group's sale of Little Chef and its associated brands to Euro Garages in January 2017, the eastbound restaurant closed in June 2017 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.

The eastbound Subway store lasted until late 2018, when it was closed. The building was then covered with Greggs branding to continue to attract trade to the site however the Greggs soldiered on until Autumn 2019 when it was also closed, leaving the building empty.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Rothwell (eastbound, 4 miles)
Rothwell Truckstop (3 miles)
Corley (M6, 38 miles)
Leicester Forest East (M1 north, 37 miles)
Services on the A14Thrapston (9 miles)
Rothwell (eastbound, 4 miles)Euro Garages servicesThrapston (9 miles)