|Road:||M1 at J22|
(also accessible to traffic on the A50 and the A511)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Address:||Leicester Markfield Service Area|
Little Shaw Lane
|Telephone number:||01530 244706|
|Signposted from the road?||No|
|Previous operators:||Granada, Moto, BP Express|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Euro Garages's official website|
Little Chef Wiki
Now little more than a petrol station and a hotel next to the M1, Markfield shows all the promise of being a full service area but doesn't actually achieve it.
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 and HGVs £14.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2450.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
A Greggs is due to open here soon.
The first application for a service area here referred to a "drive-in type restaurant". It's not clear whether this was a rookie error, or a reference to a planned restaurant.
Markfield was officially known as Leicester, but we refer to it as Markfield to avoid confusion with another Leicester services, now called Leicester North. Welcome Break's Leicester Forest East is only six miles away but was thought to be closing at some point in the future.
Now the services consist entirely of widespread brand names, the name Markfield is beginning to catch on.
Change Of Owners
The service area was built by Granada who wanted to quickly increase their number of sites. They may have been hoping that them opening their Granada Lodge here would stop Welcome Break expanding Leicester Forest East. It had a simple cross-shape with a restaurant, shop and toilets.
The fall of Markfield
The Little Chef and shop closed in 2008. The Little Chef became a Moto-operated Costa and was then closed again, leaving a large empty space next to the Burger King unit. The entrance was moved from the side of the building, to a new porch leading to the restaurant.
Moto sold the main amenities building to Euro Garages, who added a Coffee Nation machine, but then closed the whole building in 2014. This appears to have been a short-notice decision as posters and furniture from the time are still visible inside.
Lots of mould has gathered around the partition next to Burger King and within the former Costa unit. The entire building has flooded and the floor has worn away. Other than the forecourt, very little attention is paid to the rest of the compound: everything is tired and overgrown.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.
|Leicester Forest East (6 miles)||Services on the M1||Donington (9 miles)|
| none nearby||Services on the A50||Leicester (A46, 9 miles)|