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Got a question about opening hours? Motorway services are still open for snacks, fuel and toilets - more details.

Alfreton services


A38 at Watchorn Roundabout, Derby
(also accessible to traffic on the A61 and the B6179)

Signposted from the road.


DE55 1HJ

(Google Maps link)


Single site located at a junction.


Although the facilities offered are a standard affair familiar to regular drivers, the building here looks deceptively grand.


Catering: Burger King, Greggs Hotel: Travelodgebook Charging Points: GeniePoint 50kW CCS & CHAdeMO & 43kW Type 2 Forecourt: BP, Londis, Subway, Costa Express, Rollover, AdBlue4You, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Granada Motorway Services
A38 Island
DE55 1HJ

Trivia and History

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The tall restaurant area in 2012.

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Opened by Granada 1989
Sold to Little Chef 1994
Taken over by Granada 1995
Taken over by Euro Garages 2017

Planned in 1987 as Swanwick services, Alfreton was part of Granada's plans to expand Granada Hotel. This one was styled to be particularly grand, with its large building and garden fronting the road, as well as the covered walkway at the entrance. There is a small, unused terrace at the front of the building and the toilets are in a small, separate area.

After Granada decided to leave hotels, this place was sold to Trusthouse Forte and they turned it into a Little ChefHistory/Burger King/Travelodge combination in November 1994. This fell back under the responsibility of Granada when they took over Trusthouse Forte in 1995, and was once again promoted as one of their premier sites.

The site stayed with Little Chef when Granada were broken up - if it had been classed as a major site, it would have been owned by Moto. The Burger King closed in the mid-2000s but reopened in 2013. In 2009, the Little Chef was featured in first episode of the documentary Big Chef Takes On Little Chef where Heston Blumenthal visits the restaurant to see what the menu was like at the time.

Much of the original car park is now used by the neighbouring business park. There is a community fire station here too.

Euro Garages took over the restaurants in 2017, and were forced to change the Little Chef to a holding name, EG Diner in January 2018.

The EG Diner closed on 15 August 2018 with the Burger King closing the following day, to allow the dining area to be refurbished. It later reopened in October 2018 with a new Burger King and Greggs replacing the EG Diner. Sainsbury’s On the go opened in May 2019 in Burger King's former location.

The Sainsbury’s On the go store closed on Thursday 26 March 2020.

Forecourt development

The filling station formerly included a Costcutter store but this was changed to Londis in 2018 following MFG's new partnership with the brand.

In Spring 2019, MFG demolished the existing car wash, sales building and plant room to make way for a new shop and parking area. The filling station reopened in June 2019 with a new, larger Londis store which features a Subway store. A GeniePoint electric vehicle charging point was also installed.


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