Willoughby Hedge services
A former Little Chef by the side of the A303. Although traffic can access it in both directions, crossing the road from the eastbound side is hazardous so not signposted.
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. HGV parking is available on the B3089 adjacent to the filling station.
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Willoughby Service Station
Trivia and Details
In the late 1960s, two Little Chefs opened on the A303, one two miles down the road at Chicklade and one here at Willoughby Hedge. It was known as the East Knoyle branch (later 'West Knoyle') and appears to have opened in 1968, taking over an existing café built in 1953. This was next to a forecourt which appears to have been there since the 1940s, and was branded Shell at the time.
Being a busy holiday route, Granada saw the potential of the restaurant and re-built it in around 1998 with light, weathered stone cladding and large windows. In 2006 it gained a Coffee Tempo! for a number of years, and later gained a Little Chef Express. In 2015 parts of the building were painted bright red. The restaurant had a very high turnover, but a refinancing deal meant it was spending most of its income on rent.
The filling station has been branded Esso since at least the early 2000s and in 2007 received one of Esso's On the Run cafés with a Costa offering. In 2016, the filling station was acquired by Euro Garages who rebranded the shop to Spar and replaced the On the Run café with Greggs and Subway concessions.
Following the coronavirus lockdowns in 2020, Euro Garages permanently closed their Subway store that was situated inside the filling station.
A mile to the west of here is the Willoughby Hedge Café, positioned in a lay-by next to another toilet block.
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