This is the current A1 forecourt in Bedfordshire. For the old services in Yorkshire, see Aberford.
Now simply a pair of BP garages by the A1, although the motel recently reopened as a new budget brand.
Astwick Service Station
Great North Road
- Grid reference: TL225381
Trivia and History
Northway used to be the typical 'Little Chef and a petrol station' pairing, but its history is a little bit more complicated than that.
The southbound restaurant was built with a garage in the 1930s, and became a Happy Eater in the 1980s. In 1989, this gained a Travelodge (named Hinxworth/Baldock), as the two had recently become sister brands.
In 1996, that Happy Eater became the Baldock Little Chef. Its heritage as a pub made it one of the more distinctive buildings, although not the most distinctive on the A1.
In 2010 the Little Chef closed and in 2013 the hotel closed. In 2014, it reopened as the Baldock branch of Redwings Lodge.
The northbound restaurant opened in 1980 as a more typical, flat-roofed diner, named Astwick. Surrounded by several Little Chefs within a few miles, it was one of many candidates to be sold in 2004. No bidder was found and it was closed, locked and furnished.
In 2010 the neighbouring forecourt was extended, which required the restaurant to be closed.
CR Pearce Garages operate the northbound filling station and BP Express operate the southbound filling station.
|Baldock (1 miles)||Services on the A1||
Wyboston (A1 southbound, 13 miles)|
Brampton Hut (23 miles)