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Talke services


A500 between Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe
(also accessible to traffic on the A34)

Not signposted from the road.

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(Google Maps link)


Single site located at a junction.

Talke was intended to be an upmarket hotel, but it managed to descend in to a typical service station set up.


Catering: Under refurbishment Motel: Travelodgebook

Contact Details[edit]

Newcastle Road

Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History[edit]

Old Little Chef.
The building immediately after becoming a Little Chef.

The site replaced a petrol station which had served the A34 at Four Lane Ends since the 1940s. It was demolished and re-built by Granada as a Granada Hotel with a small, tall AJ's restaurant. In 1994, it was sold to Trusthouse Forte, who quickly changed the restaurant to Little ChefHistory and the motel to Travelodge.

Shortly afterwards the building was given a significant extension to give it its current shape. The entrance to the car park was moved from Talke Road to the roundabout.

Granada later bought Forte, and in 1998 they added a Burger King to the restaurant, which later closed. The branch then spent some time as a Little Chef Choices.

The Little Chef closed in January 2018 following the loss of rights to the brand by owners Euro Garages and was replaced by the temporary name EG Diner. That EG Diner then closed on 23 May 2018.

In February 2019, the Subway closed for refurbishment. It is due to reopen alongside a new Greggs store to fill the former Little Chef/EG Diner space.

Despite having never had a forecourt or qualified for signage, Talke is still marked as a full service area on Ordnance Survey mapping.


Crewe (3 miles)
Gowy (A51, 25 miles)
Services on the A500 Derby and Burton (A50 east, 37 miles)
Crewe (3 miles) Euro Garages services none nearby