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Markfield services

Markfield
Euro Garages
Markfield services
Road:M1 at J22
(also accessible to traffic on the A50 and the A511)

MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Address:Leicester Markfield Service Area
A50-M1 Interchange
Little Shaw Lane
Markfield
Leicestershire
LE67 9PP
Telephone number:01530 244706
Signposted from the road?No
Opened:1989
Previous operators:Granada, Moto, BP Express
Previous names:Leicester
Grid reference:SK476111
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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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.

Facilities

Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue Containers, Car Wash

Parking Prices

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.

Trivia

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.

Naming Issues

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.

Moto inherited the services with an amenity building with a retail store, Burger King and a Little Chef. Over six years, the building was deprived of its facilities and eventually closed in 2014.

Mobil owned the filling station and sold it to BP. The filling station is still owned by BP but Euro Garages operate it on a leasehold basis.

The fall of Markfield

Markfield services overgrown.
The services are mostly overgrown.

The services opened with a Granada Country Kitchen Restaurant, which became AJ's, and then Little Chef.

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.

Survey Results

In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.

Alternatives

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Leicester Forest East (6 miles) Services on the M1 Donington (9 miles)
none nearby
Services on the A50 Leicester (A46, 9 miles)