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Detling Hill services


A249 Detling Hill north-eastbound

Signposted from the road.


ME14 3HT

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Single site located between junctions on one side of the road.

A filling station and restaurant at the top of Detling Hill as the A249 climbs out of Maidstone.


Catering: Detling Diner A249 Outdoor Space: Grass verge only Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Detling Hill Service Station
Highland Garage
Detling Hill
ME14 3HT

Trivia and History

Little Chef restaurant building, next to a car park.
The Little Chef at Detling, pictured in 2010.

The site here started out as a dwelling called The Highlands. This gained Highland Garage next door in the early 1960s which later gained fuel pumps being supplied by National in the late 1960s, and Hilltop Garage which was a car sales showroom and home to the Detling Motor Company.

The car sales showroom became a Happy Eater restaurant in 1981, which in 1996 became the Detling branch of Little Chef. The forecourt received a refurbishment in 1986, providing new facilities and a new sales building, at which point the branding changed to Shell. A road maintenance depot was also added behind the garage, and is accessed through the eastbound services.

The restaurant soldiered on until 2011 when it closed and was bought by local restaurateur Michael 'Mickey' Schembri, who transformed the site into Mickey's Rock Diner. The site was later rebranded to Bangers Diner for a few years before reverting back to Mickey's Rock Diner. Following the passing of Mickey Schembri, the diner changed to Detling Diner A249 in August 2021.

Opposite Site

A counterpart, westbound Happy Eater was also built a few miles east of here at Stockbury in the late 1980s. This became the Stockbury branch of Little Chef in 1996, before closing in March 2005. The restaurant went on to become Porkies Diner in 2005, then Lily Spice, then Hot Cuisine, then Newport Imports American car sales showroom in 2013 and finally Royden's car sales showroom in 2016.

In 1990, BP planned to add a filling station, tourist information centre and picnic area on the other side of the access road to the restaurant, but this was refused planning permission due to the impact on the Kent Downs AONB.

There is also a filling station on the westbound side, with the pair collectively taking the Highland Garages name, but this forecourt isn't signed.



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