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Thanet Way and Lychgate services


A299 Thanet Way at Waterham

Signposted from the road.


ME13 9EL

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

A collection of facilities attracted to the Highstreet junction on Thanet Way.


Catering: north-eastbound only: Starbucks
and south-westbound only: Costa, Subway
Hotel: north-eastbound only: Travelodgebook Forecourt: north-eastbound only: BP, Budgens, Greggs, Costa Express, Dunkin' Donuts, f'real Milkshakes, Hershey's Freeze, Rollover, Tango Ice Blast, Air1 AdBlue, LPG (FloGas), Free Cash Machine
and south-westbound only: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Lychgate Service Station
Thanet Way
ME13 9EL

Trivia and History

Subway Costa.
One of the old Little Chefs.

As the main road to the coast, Thanet Way was an obvious place to build facilities. The westbound petrol station (known as Lychgate) was built in the 1930s, while the eastbound side was built in the 1970s - at the time the road was still single carriageway.

In the 1980s the two petrol stations gained restaurants: westbound a Little Chef, eastbound a Happy Eater. The Happy Eater became a Little Chef in 1996.

The westbound Little Chef closed in 2008 and was boarded up for ages, eventually becoming the Costa and Subway.

The eastbound Little Chef closed in September 2012 and re-opened as Buffalo Café Diner, but this closed in 2016. In late 2016, Euro Garages purchased the building and opened their 67th Starbucks store here in January 2017.

The eastbound forecourt was completely re-built in August 2013. The shop used to be branded SPAR but was rebranded as Welcome in partnership with Southern Co-op in February 2019. On 30 June 2021, MFG acquired George Hammond PLC which saw the eastbound forecourt transfer to their estate. As a result of the acquisition, MFG rebranded the store to Budgens and reintroduced Costa Express to the site. MFG then refurbished the interior in October 2021 opening a new Greggs the former Cafe Gusto space on 21 October 2021 alongside introducing a number of new grab and go options.


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