King's Lynn services
A strange combination of two services. The official service area is the McDonald's and petrol station, but there is an additional Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre positioned down an adjacent entrance, albeit at the end of a long driveway.
COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.
Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash, Free Cash Machine
🌍 Operators (Official Websites):
Trivia and History
The original part of the service area was developed by Kelly's Kitchen and Petrofina in around 1989.
Kelly's Kitchen became the West Lynn branch of Little Chef almost immediately. In 2012, it was deemed to be under-performing and closed. In 2013, the restaurant reopened as a McDonald's Drive Thru.
Meanwhile there was another branch about two miles to the east. The King's Lynn branch of Little Chef opened about a year earlier, probably hoping to compete with Kelly's Kitchen. It lasted until 1996 when it was closed in favour of the larger West Lynn branch (although the King's Lynn branch was briefly brought back as a Burger King).
In August 2018, plans were submitted for the development of 'Freebridge Park' on unused land surrounding the hotel access road. Freebridge Park is set to include 6 retail units, 4 industrial units and 2 drive-thru units. The two drive-thru units will be home to a Costa Drive Thru and KFC Drive Thru and will be situated directly behind the McDonald's restaurant adjacent to Clenchwarton Road. Planning permission was granted for this development in April 2019.
In October 2020, further plans were submitted for the north-east corner of the development to be developed into a new Highways England depot with salt barn as opposed to the 6 retail units that were proposed in the 2018 application. A decision is set to be made on this application in Spring 2021.
This land had been earmarked for a lorry park as far back as 1992. While Freebridge Park isn't officially the service area, it is universally known as 'Freebridge services'.
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