|Road:||A303 between Amesbury and Ilchester|
(also accessible to traffic on the A37 and the A372)
(Google Maps link)
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Grid reference:||ST537250 (SABRE Maps)|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Euro Garages's official website|
Little Chef Wiki
One of the A303's larger services, although still providing nothing unexpected. It is currently one of few with a dedicated restaurant.
Last updated January 2018.
Trivia and History
A spacious site, situated in the corner of the roundabout but with the entrance much further round than you might expect. It was built in a single plot of land they had purchased which had been isolated by the new roads. Lots of space was left for parking and landscaping, but a lack of care has seen it become bleak.
In the middle is what appears to be a former tourist information building.
The large restaurant was deliberately placed next to the A303, with its entrance around the back. Part of the building was siphoned off to become a Burger King in 1996, with its own dedicated restaurant. A Coffee Tempo! was then added, which was replaced by Little Chef Express.
The building was chosen for the Wonderfully British refurbishment, which saw the side of the building given distinctive, red branding.
It was one of the last Little Chefs to continue trading right up until Euro Garage's use of the brand expired. It's thought their preferred franchisee, Starbucks, didn't want to share the building with the profitable Burger King.
|Camel Hill (7 miles)||Services on the A303||
Townsend (eastbound, 4 miles)|
Cartgate (5 miles)
| Willoughby Hedge (westbound, 23 miles)|
Countess (41 miles)
|Euro Garages services||Ilminster (15 miles)|