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Service stations are open.

Townsend services


A303 eastbound between Ilchester and Ilminster

Signposted from the road.


BA22 8PF

(Google Maps link)


Single site located between junctions on one side of the road.

A small petrol station providing the facilities missing at Cartgate. Townsend Garage is also a local recovery firm.


COVID-19 update: Most service stations are open with fewer facilities. General advice here.

Catering: Grill Housewebsite Forecourt: Shell, Shop, Havana Coffee

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Townsend Garage
BA22 8PF

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

The petrol station was first expanded in 1955, and redeveloped in 1968. In 1968 and 1989 there were plans to build a motel here.

In 1971 a restaurant was built next to the garage. In 1981 Little Chef planned to turn this into their Tintinhull branch, but by 1985 it was gone with no evidence of it having ever opened. It later became Jolly Diner, then Diners Delight and more recently Get Battered.

There is a secret exit onto Bearley Lane, which is even signposted as 'services' throughout.


Podimore (4 miles) Services on the A303 Cartgate (1 mile)