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Countess services

Location:

A303 at Countess Roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the A345)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

SP4 7AS

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:


Traffic can celebrate clearing the notorious traffic at Stonehenge with a small service area by the Countess Roundabout.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, Greggs, Subway Amenities: Travelodge Outdoor Space: Grass bank around overflow car park Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No official HGV parking is available however space next to the filling station is available for large vehicles to park.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Countess Road
Amesbury
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP4 7AS


Trivia and Design

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The previous brick styling, pictured in 2009.

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Opened by Forte's Little Chef 1989
Restaurants changed by EG Group 2018

Countess is just a mile west of Solstice. It is located on the A303 eastbound, but immediately after a roundabout and with an exit road that loops back round.

The internal road layout is a bit odd, with a confusing range of parking areas and strange-shaped roads that get used as parking bays, all of which serve the same facilities.

Despite the name Amesbury being well-used, the roundabout and services are officially called Countess. The hotel sometimes promotes itself as Stonehenge, as it is one of the closest hotels to the stones.

Building History

The site was developed by Forte and opened in 1989 with a Shell filling station, Travelodge hotel and the Amesbury branch of Little ChefHistory. The restaurant and hotel had matching brown brick exteriors, with low pitched roofs.

The Little Chef gained a Burger King with a separate entrance in 1998. It gained its own game arcade in 2001.

A Harry Ramsden's and Caffè Ritazza were then added as part of Little Chef Choices, with the country's first Coffee Tempo! following in 2006. In 2011, the branch received a thorough refurbishment as part of the Wonderfully British project, where it gained a Good To Go facility and had its exterior covered in bright red cladding.

The Little Chef was still trading when the restaurant building was acquired by EG Group in 2017. They were expected to turn the Little Chef into a Starbucks, but this couldn't happen. Their rights to the brand ran out, so the Little Chef was forced to become EG Diner in January 2018.

The actual refurbishment took place in June 2018, and was expected to be complete in time for the July summer season. The actual opening took place in late August, meaning the summer's trade had been missed. The building now had a Burger King, Greggs and Subway, plus a small unit was left in the corner that was lined up to become a Starbucks.

The Starbucks plan failed again, and the empty unit became a Sainsbury's On the go store in June 2019. It was rebranded to SPAR in time for the 2021 summer season, before permanently closing that autumn.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Solstice (westbound, 2 miles)Services on the A303Willoughby Hedge (westbound, 19 miles)
Sparkford (38 miles)
Weyhill (11 miles)EG Group servicesWilloughby Hedge (westbound, 19 miles)
Podimore (41 miles)

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