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Thirsk services


A168 between Thirsk and Dishforth

Signposted from the road.


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 Charging Points: Shell Recharge (northbound only), InstaVolt (southbound only) Forecourt: northbound only: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers
southbound only: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Rollover, Air1 AdBlue, LPG

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
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 and a Euro Garages Starbucks Drive Thru was built on the site opening on 12 December 2019.


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 however construction was halted on these units as planning permission was refused.

In January 2020, MFG were granted planning permission to demolish the current filling station. The new filling station will feature a new canopy, larger sales building by removing the car wash, new high speed pumps (including an AdBlue pump) and the installation of two new electric vehicle charging points.


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