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Thirsk services


A168 between Thirsk and Dishforth

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

YO7 3HN (northbound), YO7 3HW (southbound)

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

Two petrol stations on the link from the A1 to the A19.


Catering: Starbucks Drive Thru (southbound only) (southbound only) Main Amenities: Electric Vehicle Charging Point (northbound only, ShellRecharge), Electric Vehicle Charging Point (southbound only, InstaVolt) Forecourt: northbound only: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers
southbound only: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Rollover, Air1 AdBlue

Contact Details

Topcliffe Road
North Yorkshire
YO7 3HN / YO7 3HW

Trivia and History


Total petrol station.
The former Total petrol station.

The northbound petrol station is now known as Gristhwaite.

The northbound service area is built on a former brick and tile works. A garage was built here operated by Thirsk Motorway Services Ltd, named Midway services. In 1974 there was a plan to add a motel here.

In 1976, BP significantly expanded the site under the name Halfway Garage, named after the Halfway House which is positioned behind it. The forecourt later became Total, and in 2011 changed to Shell.

There was a small café here, which in 1981 Little Chef wanted to replace with one of their restaurants, but the new diner actually opened as their sister brand, Happy Eater. In 1993 this became a Little Chef, which closed in February 2012. In late 2012 it became Mama B's restaurant, which closed in September 2013 due to low customer usage. In summer 2019, the former Little Chef building was demolished by and Euro Garages are currently building a Starbucks Drive Thru on the site.


The southbound petrol station was built in around 1988, with Diner 168 opening three years later. It promoted itself as being the last restaurant "for over 50 miles". The forecourt was formerly branded Jet. Diner 168 closed in late 2018 following the retirement of the owner. The site was sold in December 2018 and a Starbucks Drive Thru opened on 31 May 2019. During summer 2019, work also began on building two units on unused land adjacent to the former diner car park.


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