A1 at Thunderbourne Interchange, Alnwick
(also accessible to traffic on the A1068)
Signposted from the road? Southbound only
map and directions
Series of sites arranged around a junction.
Cawledge and Willowtree form a pair if facilities on either side of the A1 at Alnwick. Thanks to the underpass at Thunderbourne drivers can take their pick as to which one they'd like to visit, but signposts will try to send southbound drivers to this one, which is in Lionheart Business Park.
Catering: The Hogs Head Inn, McDonald's Drive Thru Amenities: The Hogs Head Inn Outdoor Space: Children's Play Area (at both The Hogs Head Inn and McDonald's); picnic tables; large grass space next to pub Charging Points: IONITY 350kW CCS Forecourt: BP, Morrisons Daily, Greggs, Costa Express, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars at all facilities.
Limited HGV parking is also provided on the forecourt, whilst coach parking bays are provided in The Hogs Head Inn car park.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Alnwick Motorway Services
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Trivia and History
The new Greggs concession within the forecourt shop.
As part of the development of Cawledge Business Park (now 'Lionheart') in the 2000s, a large plot of land south of the main A1 junction was designated for retail and leisure use to accompany the new business park.
Developers of the business park Northumberland Estates were granted planning permission in 2002 for a garden centre, hotel and restaurant to be built on the land and gained further permission in 2007 to add a 54-bed hotel and restaurant. Permission for the hotel and restaurant was renewed in 2011 with construction commencing in the same year.
The Hogs Head Inn eventually opened on 31 July 2012 with an official opening ceremony which saw the Duke of Northumberland pour the first pint in the bar. The hotel and restaurant was managed by Greenfields Moor Developments. The pub-restaurant gained a children's play area in 2014. The pub-restaurant was later sold to the Inn Collection Group.
During 2010, Northumberland Estates submitted further plans for a filling station and fast food drive thru restaurant on the unused land. The filling station opened in June 2012 and was branded BP with a SPAR store and featured a Wild Bean Café, but the site had closed by the end of 2012 following the tenant suffering a number of issues.
Rontec purchased the lease of the site from Northumberland Estates and reopened the forecourt on 15 February 2014. The site retained its BP branding however Rontec introduced their own-branded Shop'N Drive store. They also later added a Costa store, before rebranding the store back to SPAR in 2017. New road signs were erected, changing the directions given to southbound traffic away from Willowtree, and towards Cawledge.
Following the reopening of the forecourt, McDonald's submitted their own plans to build a drive thru restaurant adjacent to the A1. Permission was granted in November 2014 with the McDonald's Drive Thru opening on 23 September 2015. An official opening ceremony was held with the Mayor of Alnwick, Bill Grisdale attending.
Rontec purchased the nearby Willowtree forecourt in 2019, meaning they now owned the facilities on both sides of the A1. The Cawledge SPAR store was rebranded to Morrisons Daily in early 2021, matching its step-cousin at Willowtree. The Costa store was removed and replaced with a Morrisons Barista Bar and the West Cornwall Pasty Company offering replaced with Morrisons' own Food to Go range.
A further refurbishment of the Cawledge site was undertaken in July 2022, with Rontec's third Greggs store opening in replacement of the Barista Bar on 11 July 2022.
An IONITY charging hub was added to the business park in early 2021 and is accessed opposite the entrance to The Hogs Head Inn. McDonald's currently hold planning permission to install 2 InstaVolt electric vehicle charging points in their car park, and Rontec are seeking to build four charging points in their forecourt.
This site's address is often given as "Alnwick motorway service area", despite the A1 not being a motorway.
|Willowtree (¼ mile)|
Stannington (21 miles)
|Services on the A1||Adderstone (13 miles)|