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Thanet Way 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.


COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 7 November 2020, with changes caused by COVID-19.

Catering: westbound only: Costa, Subway
eastbound only: Starbucks
Hotel: closed Forecourt: westbound only: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers
eastbound only: BP, Welcome, Cafe Gusto, Lavazza, Air1 AdBlue

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.

The eastbound forecourt was completely re-built in August 2013. The shop used to be branded Spar but was rebranded as Welcome in February 2019.


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