The Mangrove service area is next to the westbound side of the A45, but accessible in the other direction using a flyover. The flyover route is not suitable for HGVs, despite HGV parking spaces being available if you could get there.
It is often nicknamed 'Blue Boar'.
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Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru Hotel: Travelodge Forecourt: Texaco, Shop, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers, Roberto's Hand Car Wash
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which all vehicles must pay £8 for up to 24 hours or £10 for overnight parking.
A small number of HGVs can be parked, but these spaces can only be accessed when travelling westbound. If travelling eastbound (or approaching from a local road), the entrance is too tight for HGVs.
Prices can be paid in the forecourt.
Mangrove Service Station
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Trivia and History
A garage opened here in the late 1950s, next to an old farmhouse called Burton House. The junction was known as Blue Boar Corner, named after Blue Boar Farm on the opposite side.
The Blue Boar name relates to a local legend that one was spotted in the pond at the back, and the operator decided to take on that name.
In the late 1960s, plans emerged to build a flyover at the dangerous Blue Boar Corner. The plans referenced a "motorway-style" service station which would be built next to Burton House. The house was demolished and the garage became a full petrol station, but no other facilities emerged until the Dunchurch branch of Little Chef opened in 1988.
The Little Chef closed on 22 August 2012, and became McDonald's.
Despite the exit still being known as the Blue Boar turn, the service area has been officially called 'Mangrove service station' for some time. Some sources say 'Dunchurch services'.
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