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Markham Moor services

Location:

A1, at the Markham exit
(also accessible to traffic on the A57, A638 and B1164)

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

DN22 0QU

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Series of sites arranged around a junction.

Rating:


Markham Moor is an old roundabout which became a magnet for various facilities, a few of which have survived and continue to operate today.

Facilities[edit]

Northbound[edit]

Catering: Subway Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Little Waitrose, deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Southbound[edit]

Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Contact Details[edit]

Address:
Markham Moor
Retford
Nottinghamshire
DN22 0QU



Trivia and History[edit]

Shell operate the filling stations and Euro Garages operate the northbound restaurants.

The original Markham Moor Roundabout, built in 1957 and extended in 1967, had facilities on each corner. The roundabout has now been replaced by a normal interchange junction but services still stand at a number of parts of the junction, confusingly signposted in all different directions:

South-west[edit]

Blue sky Little Chef.
Inside the improved Little Chef.

The south-west corner (serving northbound traffic leaving the junction) offers a large EG Diner/Subway/Travelodge combination site and a Shell filling station, along with the Markham Moor truckstop. This all started with a garage besides the new, northbound A1 (old A57).

The Little ChefHistory (known as Markham Moor North) trialled the original Little Chef Express in 1994. This became a Burger King, and then Coffee Tempo!. In 2011 it received the Wonderfully British refurbishment, gaining a 'Good to Go' deli counter. Subway opened alongside the Little Chef in September 2014 replacing Good to Go.

As the larger of the Little Chefs, it withstood many portfolio reviews. It closed in January 2018 and was replaced by Euro Garages' own branded EG Diner following the loss of rights to the Little Chef name but it is now due to be replaced by a KFC soon.

This Shell garage was refurbished in August 2018.

North-east[edit]

In the north-east quadrant (serving southbound traffic leaving the junction) a McDonald's and another Shell forecourt trade. This is the most modern addition to the junction.

North-west[edit]

Markham Moor roof.
The derelict, distinctive building.

The north-west corner (serving southbound traffic approaching the junction) has two former Little Chefs. There is also the Markham Moor Inn and Garage on the A638 (historic A1).

A distinctive dome-shaped roof was designed by the late Sam Scorer to cover a petrol station on the new southbound A1 (old A57). Happy Eater took over the building in the 1980s and built their own restaurant underneath the roof, using it as a distinctive landmark to help promote the branch.

In 1996, Forte decided to change their Happy Eaters to Little ChefHistory, so it became the Markham Moor South branch.

Meanwhile, in 1987 Kelly's Kitchen and Petrofina built a restaurant and petrol station next door. In 1989 this was purchased and turned in to a Little ChefHistory, the Retford branch. When the more distinctive Happy Eater was required, this branch closed and became a Chinese restaurant. The petrol station was closed during the roundabout works.

As part of the roundabout replacement, this building was planned to be demolished. After a public campaign, the junction was re-designed to work around the building on a much sharper slip road.

In 2012, the restaurant closed, leaving its distinctive building empty. In 2017, the roof was accessed illegally by a group known as 'Urban Cowboys' and used for skateboarding. The group uploaded a YouTube video of it which has gained a lot of media attention.

Alternatives[edit]

Previous:Next:
Cromwell (northbound, 10 miles)
North Muskham (southbound, 11 miles)
Services on the A1 Blyth (12 miles)
North Muskham (southbound, 11 miles)
Colsterworth (41 miles)
Euro Garages services Carcroft (northbound, 28 miles)