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Newark services

Newark services
Road:A1/A46 interchange
(also accessible to traffic on the A17 and B6166)
(Google Maps link)
Address:Winthorpe Service Station
Lincoln Road
NG24 2NY
Signposted from the road?Yes
Previous operators:Pavilion, Happy Eater, Little Chef, TCS
Grid reference:SK816560
Services type:Single site located at a junction.

Little Chef Wiki

Two competing services forming one site. There are roundabouts both directions from the sites so either can be accessed when heading to or from the A1.


Catering: The Friendly Farmer Restaurantwebsite, Mint Leaf Shops: Friendly Farmer Farm Shop Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Autogas LPG, Car Wash, Jet Wash, Jet, Londis

Trivia & History

The services are really in two distinct halves, although traffic can use either.


The services were built by Top Rank in the 1980s, as part of an experiment to try catching traffic with smaller facilities on a-roads. In 1992, Top Rank were bought by Pavilion, but the company were worried about their finances and looked to sell off the least-profitable sites.

With that, the services were sold to Trusthouse Forte, who decided to convert the building to a large Happy Eater. The next year Forte were taken over by Granada who converted the restaurant to a Little Chef and Burger King. Those restaurants had closed by 2006 and the building was purchased by a restaurant.

In 2012 the filling station was sold by previous owners TCS to Shell.


Newark services.
The former AJ's restaurant.

The restaurant here was opened by AJ's, rivalling the existing services. In 1998 it was converted by Granada to a Little Chef, which then closed in 2005.

The filling station was formerly branded as Murco and is now operated by MFG.


Foston (A1 northbound, 10 miles)
Grantham North (13 miles)
Services on the A1 North Muskham (A1 southbound, 4 miles)
Cromwell (A1 northbound, 5 miles)
Thrussington (A46 northbound, 28 miles)
Leicester (33 miles)
Services on the A46 Thorpe on the Hill (9 miles)