The newly rebuilt service area at Barnetby Top is positioned at the roundabout at the end of the M180, but it primarily serves the A180.
Catering: Starbucks Drive Thru Outdoor Space: Grass verges only; public footpath connections Charging Points: MFG EV Power 150kW CCS & 50kW CHAdeMO Forecourt: BP, Londis, Stacked Bakers & Sandwich Makers, Costa Express, Dunkin' Donuts, f'real Milkshakes, Hershey's Hot Chocolate, Reese's Hot Chocolate, Rollover, Tango Ice Blast
Short stay customer parking is available for cars at both facilities.
No HGV parking is available, and use of the HGV pumps is limited to 20 minutes maximum stay, being strictly enforced by Euro Car Parks.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Trivia and History
The site is signposted from the A180 and visible from the M180, but it didn't qualify to be signed from the motorway. As a result, it's only signed from the A180.
Initial proposals for the site were for a hotel in 1977. These plans were renewed in 1981 and 1984 when a filling station was added to the plans. The layout of the site entrance suggests they were open to the idea of the farm access one day being converted into another facility or development.
Construction on the site began in summer 1990, with Trusthouse Forte building opening the common A-road pairing of a filling station and the Barnetby Top branch of Little Chef here later that year. The restaurant was housed inside a building with a pitched roof, double front and red bricks which stood facing the eastbound M180 exit slip road. The interior of the restaurant had darker wooden dividers and wooden beams on the ceiling. Aristel Hotels had been expected to add a hotel and restaurant complex to the site in 1991 on the neighbouring field, but this was never built.
The forecourt was previously owned by Malthurst under the JET brand. In the early 2010s, the site was acquired by MRH who rebranded the site to BP. To MRH and their successors, it was known simply as 'Barnetby services'.
The Little Chef restaurant closed in February 2012, along with 66 other poorly performing sites. The restaurant was then left abandoned for a number of years following its closure.
MRH were granted planning permission to demolish both the filling station and the abandoned Little Chef building in 2017, replacing them with a much larger BP filling station. A year later, MRH merged with MFG who modified the plans to replace the former Little Chef building with a Starbucks Drive Thru.
Work began in January 2020, with the refurbished BP forecourt opening in August 2020, housing a Londis store and MFG's first 'food to go' concept, which included multiple grab and go food and drink options. The original plan had included a Greggs store, but this was replaced with the grab and go options instead. The Starbucks Drive Thru then followed, opening on 24 August 2020 and operated by Kbeverage.
The food to go area underwent another refurbishment in May 2022 and reopened on 18 May 2022 with products from Stacked available alongside a host of new options including Hershey's Freeze and Reese's Freeze iced drinks. An 'MFG EV Power' electric vehicle charging hub with eight chargers opened on 26 May 2022.
Rival Service Area
Despite the recent investment at Barnetby Top, in January 2022 Lindum Group requested planning permission to build a whole new service area at the same junction, with access provided from the A18 link road.
The new proposal mainly promotes itself as a lorry park, but it would in fact provide full facilities including two uninspiring drive thru units with a shared car park, a petrol station with its own shop, parking and six electric vehicle charging points, and a secured parking area for HGVs.
Comment from National Highways would be needed to clarify whether this is in fact a full service area or a truckstop; they are currently waiting for more information themselves. The separated catering facilities suggest it's not trying to be an official service area for the M180, and may in fact be hoping to benefit from the existing signage for Barnetby Top. The convoluted access is also unusual for a new-build, major service area: traffic would need to head down the A18 link road and turn around before they can enter, and the exit takes cars onto the Melton Road.
The draft local plan has already designated this land as being suitable for a "lorry park and service area". The A180 does carry a lot of HGVs, and this junction is already being used by them to access Barney's Diner, which has been a well-known transport café for many years.
|Doncaster (North) (26 miles)||Services on the M180||end of road|
|start of road||Services on the A180||Luxmore (8 miles)|
|Caenby Corner (17 miles)||Services on the A15||end of road|