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Kettering services


A14 between J8 and J9

Signposted from the road.


NN14 1RW

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


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


COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 7 January 2021, with changes caused by COVID-19.

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

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NN14 1RW

Trivia and History

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.

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 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. The forecourt was 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.

With Little Chef under new ownership, in June 2017 the eastbound restaurant closed, and the westbound restaurant closed a month later. Both were painted black and replaced by a more informal offering: a Starbucks westbound, and a Subway and Greggs eastbound.

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)