Tot Hill services
This service area is on the A34 near Newbury, and shouldn't be confused with the Tot Hill on the A14 near Stowmarket.
A small collection of well-known names set back from the A34, near Newbury.
A34 Newbury Bypass
Operators (Official Websites):
Trivia and History
The Little Chef restaurant.
The construction of the Newbury Bypass caused the Highways Agency to acquire Ball's Plantation, where the Tot Hill Junction would be built. This marked the start of the bypass, and was the location of several protest camps who fought the construction of the new road.
The Highways Agency had some land left over, and leased it to Redmoor Properties who wanted to develop a service area. A service area would make sense, as the new road would take the A34 away from the petrol station at Burghclere Garage and the Little Chef at Greenham Retail Park (known as the Newbury branch).
Redmoor's first drawing showed the northern half of the site in three sections: a Holiday Inn Express, OK Diner, and the McDonald's. The McDonald's and the Shell petrol station on the southern half of the site were built as planned, while in August 1997 the drawing was revised to show a combined Little Chef and Travelodge occupying the rest of the northern half. A picnic area was provided next to the Little Chef.
During construction, a new access was created on Old Penwood Lane, to ensure service area construction didn't interfere with the A34's construction.
The three companies acquired their portions of the site. The Little Chef opened in 1999. It soon became a Choices restaurant with Caffè Ritazza and Harry Ramsden's menus, which were later removed. The picnic area was turned into an extended car park area.
The Shell forecourt provides the main toilet facilities. An outdoor toilet block was provided but is now closed.
The Little Chef lasted much longer than many of their other branches. When Little Chef were taken over by Euro Garages, it was one of their first candidates to be closed and converted to a Starbucks.
|Sutton Scotney (14 miles)||Services on the A34||Chieveley (9 miles)|
|none nearby||Euro Garages services||Family Farm (northbound, 40 miles)|