Chicklade was once a fully signed service area on the A303. The road signs were taken down in 2015, but the place itself soldiered on until 2021, when it finally closed, only for the café to reopen in April 2022.
Catering: Sol Bakery & Café
Short stay customer parking is available for café customers only. No HGV parking is available.
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Chicklade Service Station
Trivia and History
Chicklade was a small branch of Little Chef. It opened in the late 1960s and lasted until September 2012, when there was a wave of closures of under-performing restaurants. Chicklade was lucky to survive this long as it had a partner site two miles down the road at West Knoyle which was refurbished to a much higher standard.
When the Little Chef closed the service area was removed from Ordnance Survey maps.
The restaurant re-opened in 2013 as Eat & Go, but then closed after a large fire on 10 July 2017. It reopened again some time later.
The forecourt had been branded Esso, Q8 and Pace. When it was an Esso (in the 1980s), the Little Chef logo was displayed prominently around the forecourt, and the forecourt itself was painted in their white colours. Red Little Chef flags were displayed all around it.
The forecourt and restaurant permanently closed in autumn 2021, with the site being stripped of all Murco branding and entry to the site being coned off. The site then partially reopened in April 2022 with Sol Bakery & Café taking over the former restaurant.
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