Thorpe on the Hill services
One of Euro Garages's new restaurant areas, this one near Lincoln.
Thorpe on the Hill Service Station
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Trivia and History
During the 1980s, the A46 Lincoln Relief Road was being developed which would see a new ring road constructed around Lincoln. The north-western section of the bypass opened in December 1985, and shortly after this, Norfolk House proposed to build a filling station, restaurant and tourist information centre at the start of the bypass near Thorpe on the Hill. A revised plan was granted planning permission in 1987 which saw the removal of the tourist information centre.
Kelly's Kitchen were taken over by Trusthouse Forte shortly afterwards, who changed the restaurant to become the Lincoln branch of Little Chef. A Burger King was added in 1998, with plans for it to become a drive thru - the drive thru didn't happen and the Burger King was later closed. Despite attempting to sell the unit, the Burger King reopened in November 2013. The Travelodge hotel also received an extension in 2005.
The Little Chef became EG Diner in January 2018, when Euro Garages' rights to use the brand expired. This lasted until July 2018 when both EG Diner and Burger King closed for a site refurbishment. The site reopened in October 2018 with a refurbished Burger King alongside a new Greggs store. A Sainsbury's On the go also joined the site in the summer of 2019 but later closed in 2020.
The filling station went onto become Fina in the 1990s, Total in the 2000s and in late 2012 was sold to Rontec who rebranded the site to Esso. Rontec also added their Shop'N Drive store to the site and converted the car wash into a standalone Subway store.
During summer 2021, EG Group submitted plans to demolish the existing restaurant building and build a new standalone Greggs store and Burger King Drive Thru restaurant on the land instead, retaining the existing car park. A decision is expected to be made before the end of 2021.
Likewise there was another Little Chef at the Haddington Lane junction, the Fosseway branch, which opened in around 1980 and closed in 1999.
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