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Red Post services

Red Post
(former)
Road:A31 at Bere Regis
(Google Maps link)
Address:Red Post Service Station
Main Road
Winterborne Zelston
Blandford Forum
Dorset
DT11 9EX
Signposted from the road?Yes
Opened:1985
Closed:2019
Previous names:Bere Regis
Grid reference:SY893973 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site located between junctions at the side of the road.


This former Little Chef branch survived until the end, but has been slowly wound down since.

Facilities

Catering: Little Chef, Subway Forecourt: BP, Londis, Tchibo

Trivia and History

Little Chef sign.
The Little Chef in 1991.

Red Post is a road junction just west of here, named after its red fingerpost. A property called Red Post Bungalow was built next to the A31, and then a workshop was built next to it in 1978.

Plans for a filling station and a restaurant here were first proposed in 1981. The filling station opened first, and a Happy Eater later joined it in 1985. This became the Bere Regis branch of Little ChefHistory in 1996, which gained a Subway franchise in 2014.

Throughout the 2000s, the filling station was branded Total. In the early 2010s, this was changed to BP.

Following the loss of the rights to the Little Chef brand name, Euro Garages converted the Little Chef to EG Diner in January 2018. The restaurant later closed in summer of 2018 with no plans to replace it.

Following the closure of the restaurant, the filling station followed closing in late 2018. The Subway then closed on 12 March 2019 at 3pm leaving the site abandoned.

The forecourt is now used by a takeaway bar, which brands itself as "food to go".

EG Group were granted permission in February 2021 to redevelop the site demolishing the existing structures and replacing them with a new forecourt and larger sales building on land currently occupied by the former Little Chef as well as a Starbucks Drive Thru being built on the current car park at the back of the site.

The Ordnance Survey continues to show Red Post as an active service area, named 'Bere Regis'.

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Picket Post (21 miles)Services on the A31Kilmington Cross (A35 west, 44 miles)