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Tot Hill services

Location:

A34 near Newbury

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

RG20 9BX

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Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

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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.

Facilities

COVID-19 update: These details have not been updated since COVID-19 hit. General advice here.

Catering: Starbucks, McDonald's Drive Thru Hotel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, PG Tips 2Go, Air1 AdBlue

Contact Details

Address:
A34 Newbury Bypass
Burghclere
Newbury
Hampshire
RG20 9BX


Trivia and History

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The Little Chef restaurant.

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Services opened 1998
Little Chef closes 2017

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 ChefHistory 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.

Alternatives

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Sutton Scotney (14 miles) Services on the A34 Chieveley (9 miles)
none nearby Euro Garages services Family Farm (northbound, 40 miles)