Markham Moor services
|Road:||A1, at the Markham exit|
(also accessible to traffic on the A57, A638 and B1164)
(Google Maps link)
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Services type:||Group of sites located at a junction.|
Little Chef Wiki
Markham Moor is an old roundabout which became a magnet for various facilities, a few of which have survived and continue to operate today.
Trivia and History
The original Markham Moor Roundabout 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 The roundabout has now been replaced by a normal interchange junction but services still stand at a number of parts of the junction:
The south-west corner (serving northbound traffic leaving the junction) offers a large Little Chef/Subway/Travelodge combination site and a Shell filling station, along with the Markham Moor truckstop.
The Little Chef (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 Little Chef, it has withstood many reviews, but it is now due to be replaced by a KFC soon.
The north-west corner (serving southbound traffic approaching the junction) has two former Little Chefs. A distinctive dome-shaped roof was designed by the late Sam Scorer to cover a petrol station. 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 Chef, so it became the Markham Moor South branch.
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.
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 Chef, 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.
| Cromwell (A1 northbound, 10 miles)|
North Muskham (A1 southbound, 11 miles)
|Services on the A1||Blyth (12 miles)|