(also accessible to traffic on the A17 and B6166)
(Google Maps link)
|Address:||Winthorpe Service Station|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||Pavilion, Happy Eater, Little Chef, TCS|
|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.
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.
| 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)|