The former site of three different Little Chefs, at the northern end of the Hailsham Bypass.
Catering: Greggs, Starbucks Amenities: Travelodge Outdoor Space: Small grass areas around site Forecourt: Shell, Budgens at Shell Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Car Wash, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.
Parking and use of the forecourt is limited to 20 minutes maximum stay for all vehicles and is 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 roundabout was built in the 1950s. At the position of the service area was an RAC service centre, possibly taking advantage of a short stub of road which had been provided in case New North Street would ever become a dual carriageway.
In 1974, Little Chef opened their Lower Dicker branch a little further up the A22, on the corner of Coldharbour Road. Their rivals Happy Eater acquired The Country Fox/The Old Orchard restaurant, slightly further up at Golden Cross, in the 1980s.
By 1987, Forte owned both brands and they and Action 2000 started looking at building a new service area at the Boship Roundabout. The original plan included a 120-seater restaurant with a children's play area, filling station and 20-bed hotel along with a picnic area.
The site opened in around 1990 as a large Happy Eater and Travelodge, next to a petrol station and tourist information centre. At the same time, Little Chef moved into the old Happy Eater at Golden Cross (known as the Hailsham branch), and the old Little Chef at Lower Dicker closed and later became a bathroom showroom.
All Happy Eaters became Little Chefs in 1996, so the one at Boship became the Hellingly branch. Its large building gained a Burger King and the two Little Chef branches competed until 2000 when the oldest one closed, becoming a car centre.
The tourist information centre closed in the mid-2000s and went onto become a contact centre for a builders firm.
Throughout the 2000s the filling station was branded Total. Total rebuilt the forecourt in 2008, providing a much larger 'Bonjour' sales building along with new pumps, canopy and car and jet washes.
Euro Garages added a Greggs store next to the Starbucks café in 2018 in a new extension to the existing building. The filling station store was rebranded from Shell's own Select to Budgens in the same year.
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