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Ripley services

Location:

A3 between Kingston-upon-Thames and Guildford

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

GU23 6PT

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Two sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.

Rating:



A pair of coffee shops near the M25. The southbound side has a long exit road which is used to park HGVs.

Facilities

Catering: Starbucks Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Free Cash Machine, AdBlue Containers

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Ripley By Pass
Ripley
Woking
Surrey
GU23 6PT

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):


Trivia and History

Wisley Little Chef.jpg
The refurbished Little Chef.

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Opened by Happy Eater 1983
Converted to Little Chef 1996
Northbound became Starbucks 2007
Southbound became Starbucks 2017

The service area here was an example of Happy Eater stepping up a gear with their business.

In 1974, Happy Eater opened their first branch on what is now the old A3, in Send, which they called Ripley. The Wisley Bypass opened in 1976 and would have seen passing trade drop, but Happy Eater appeared to be content with that.

In 1983 Happy Eater decided to move the Ripley branch to the new A3, where a large service area was built with Happy Eaters in both sides. By now many other Happy Eaters had opened, and it was clear they wanted to focus on major roads and keep all their buildings in the same style.

These restaurants were converted to Little Chefs, which gained Burger Kings in 1996.

In 2007, the northbound restaurant was closed. The southbound Little Chef received a thorough refurbishment as part of Wonderfully British, where it gained a Good To Go. It closed in 2017 and was converted by Euro Garages to a Starbucks.

The northbound forecourt sales shop is due to be demolished and replaced by a new two-storey sales building with upstairs seating for Wild Bean Café customers.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Cobham (M25 east, 5 miles)
Heston (M4 east, 21 miles)
Beaconsfield (M40 north, 27 miles)
Toddington (M1 north, 54 miles)
South Mimms (M25 north, 44 miles)
Services on the A3 Liphook (22 miles)