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Alfreton services


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

Signposted from the road.


DE55 1HJ

map and directions


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 Amenities: Travelodge Outdoor Space: Small grass area at back of car park Charging Points: GeniePoint 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 43kW Type 2 Forecourt: BP, Londis, Subway, Costa Express, Dunkin' Donuts, Rollover, 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:
A38 Island
DE55 1HJ

Trivia and History

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The tall restaurant area in 2012.

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Opened by Granada as Swanwick 1989
Sold to Little Chef as Alfreton 1994
Taken over by Granada 1995
Rebranded EG Group 2018

Planned in 1987 as Swanwick services, Alfreton was part of Granada's plan to expand their Granada Hotel. It's situated on part of the former Swanwick Colliery, which operated in this area until 1968, and 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 terrace at the front of the building and the toilets are in a small, separate area.

In practice, the garden at the front of the building has been allowed to grow into a wildflower meadow, and the trees now obscure most of the view of the building from the road. The terrace has never been used and the car park now provides access to a busy business park and community fire station.

Despite Granada having ended their involvement in the site (and indeed all service areas) in 2001, as of 2022 most directories still have the building named as "Granada Motorway Services". It has now been wrongly labelled for longer than they actually did own it. It appears to be the modern version of an old pub who's name lives on.


The Granada Hotel and restaurant opened in September 1989. A Mobil forecourt later joined them in 1990.

"Another blight on the face of Swanwick"
Amber Valley Countryside Protection Association, 1994

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 site in November 1994. The change was called a "blight" by residents, who had been expecting a "prestigious" hotel, despite its low occupancy. Forte argued that they could create more jobs as their setup was likely to increase trade.

The rebranded site 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. By now it was known as 'Alfreton services'.

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.

EG Era

EG Group acquired the Little Chef in January 2017, with the intention of turning it into a Starbucks. Starbucks didn't agree, and by January 2018 EG Group had run out of time. They transferred the restaurant to the temporary brand EG Diner.

The EG Diner closed on 15 August 2018, with the Burger King closing the following day, to allow the dining area to be refurbished. The building reopened in October 2018 with a new Burger King and Greggs replacing the EG Diner.

A Sainsbury's On the Go store opened in May 2019 in the original Burger King unit. This closed on 26 March 2020 owing to poor trade. The Greggs store also later closed in November 2022.

Forecourt History

The forecourt transferred to BP in 1997 when the Mobil merged with BP. This then passed to Malthurst in the early 2000s, who added a Costcutter store. Malthurst became MRH in the early 2010s and was later acquired by MFG in 2018 who rebranded the shop to Londis.

MFG redeveloped the forecourt in Spring 2019 demolishing the existing car wash, sales building and plant room to make way for a larger sales building and parking area. The new site reopened in June 2019 with a new, larger Londis store and a Subway franchise. A GeniePoint electric vehicle charging point was also installed as part of the new parking area.


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