Bobbing Corner services
A249 at Sittingbourne
(also accessible to traffic on the B2006)
Signposted from the road.
(Google Maps link)
Single site located at a junction.
Named after the neighbouring village of Bobbing is this service area, located on the Sittingbourne Bypass.
Catering: Bobbing Apple Brewers Fayre, McDonald's Drive Thru Amenities: Premier Inn, Children's Play Area Outdoor Space: Children's Play Area; No grass space; public footpath connections Charging Points: InstaVolt 120kW CCS & 50kW CHAdeMO Forecourt: Co-op Petrol, Co-op Food, Chicago Town Pizza, Costa Express, Rollover, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available at all facilities for cars. No HGV parking is available.
Parking within the McDonald's car park is limited to 90 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by MET Parking.
Parking within the shared Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn car parks is free for customers and hotel guests when you provide your vehicle registration number at the bar or hotel reception. Chargeable parking is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the YourParkingSpace app using location code 1025. These fees are strictly enforced by ParkMaven.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
- 🗺 Grid reference: TQ886648
- 📌 what3words: ///ranted.pepper.inefficient
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Trivia and History
The layout of the Bobbing Junction on the Sittingbourne Bypass left space in the corner, on the site of Bobbing Court Cottages on what was Bobbing Court Farm, which would be used by a service area.
Planning and Opening
Outline planning permission for a service area was granted to BP in 1992. Margram picked up the plan in 1996.
The site opened in 1999 with McDonald's providing a drive-thru restaurant and Whitbread providing the Bobbing Apple branch of Brewsters, as well as a 40-bed Travel Inn hotel. It wasn't until a year later when Margram provided the forecourt under their Petromar name as a Somerfield branded site, with BP providing the fuel.
The pub-restaurant later rebranded to Brewers Fayre in 2005, with the hotel gaining a 22-bed extension in its own detached building in 2007. The hotel was rebranded Premier Inn in the same year.
The pub-restaurant had been planned to become one of Whitbread's Taybarn's all-you-can-eat restaurants in 2009, but this didn't happen.
Following the acquisition of Somerfield by The Co-operative Group in 2009, the site rebranded to Co-op Food. In 2011, Co-op Group partnered with Texaco, which saw the site change to their brand, retaining the Co-op Food store. The site later rebranded back to Co-op Petrol in late 2016.
Two InstaVolt electric vehicle charging points were installed in the McDonald's car park in March 2022.
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