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Newark services


A17/A46 interchange
(also accessible to traffic on the A1 and B6166)

Signposted from the road? A17 and A46 southbound only


NG24 2NY

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Series of sites arranged around a junction.

This is the existing facilities at Winthorpe. For the proposed service area on the A1, see Fernwood.

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.



Forecourt: Shell, Little Waitrose & Partners, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine Charging Points: Shell Recharge

Newark Road

COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.

Catering: Mint Leafwebsite Forecourt: Esso, Londis, Costa Express, Rollover, West Cornwall Pasty Co, AdBlue4You, Jet Wash

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Winthorpe Service Station
Lincoln Road
NG24 2NY

Trivia and History

The services are really in two distinct halves, although traffic can use either. They don't appear to have official names but 'Newark Road' is the one on the A46 and 'Winthorpe' is the one in the corner.

Main Service Area

The services were built by Top Rank in the late 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 ChefHistory and Burger King. Those restaurants had closed by 2006 and the building was purchased by The Friendly Farmer who turned the building into a restaurant and farm shop.

In 2012 the filling station was sold by previous owners TCS to Shell. During early 2018, it underwent refurbishment and is now features a Little Waitrose store.

The Friendly Farmer permanently closed in early 2020. As part of the Overton Park development on the former airfield, Lindum Group are planning to build a Starbucks Drive Thru immediately behind the former Friendly Farmer building - but this will be a separate facility accessed from a separate junction on the A17.

Smaller Eastbound Site

Newark Little Chef.
The former AJ's restaurant now plays home to an Indian restaurant.

The Winthorpe service area was planned in 1988 by Strait Properties Ltd, as a petrol station and diner.

The diner opened as 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 Jet, and before that Murco.

In April 2020, current owners MFG submitted plans to extend the shop to introduce a new 'hot food offer' as well and redesigning the HGV fuelling area.


start of road Services on the A17 Sleaford (17 miles)
Thrussington (A46 northbound, 28 miles)
Leicester (33 miles)
Services on the A46 Thorpe on the Hill (9 miles)

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