Beacon Hill services
Beacon Hill is the last of the larger services for a while.
Short stay customer parking is available for all vehicles.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
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Trivia and History
Plans for a service area here were first proposed in 1980 with proposals for a filling station, restaurant, café, hotel and parking areas for all vehicles including a toilet block. This was developed by Kelly's Kitchen in partnership with Petrofina and opened with both their facilities.
In 1989, the site was taken over by Forte who turned the restaurant into the Beacon Hill branch of Little Chef with the filling station changing to Fina around this time. In 1992, a Travelodge was added to the site. The restaurant went onto gain a Coffee Stop in 1995 and new owners Granada added a Burger King in 1998.
In 2017, Euro Garages purchased the Little Chef brand and its associated brands. In January 2018, their rights to use the Little Chef name expired so they rebranded the site to the holding name EG Diner. With no plan for it, the EG Diner closed in October 2018 and was later replaced with a Greggs with the Burger King also receiving a refurbishment in the process.
In March 2020, Shell submitted plans to redevelop the forecourt. The plans include demolishing the existing sales building, jet wash and canopy and building a new sales building with a smaller canopy and new pumps. Originally there would have been a Shell Recharge electric vehicle charging bay, but this looks likely to be removed.
Meanwhile, EG Group requested planning permission to build another service area opposite their existing one, which they wanted to call Needham Market services. They described the existing facilities as "dated", and propose to build two drive thru restaurants, a petrol station, and a compact parking area with bays for HGVs and coaches. The proposal was rejected in March 2021 because of its impact on Needham Lodge.
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