Dumbarton Gateway services
This service station is in Scotland, not to be confused with Milton Heights in Oxfordshire.
A number of restaurants as the A82 enters Dumbarton. The site is known locally as Milton services, but signs on site call it 'Dumbarton Gateway services', while it has been nicknamed both Gate and Dunglass.
Catering: Masala Twist, Starbucks Amenities: Travelodge Outdoor Space: Tiny grass verges only; public footpath connections Forecourt: Esso, Londis, Calippo Slush, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Rollover, Jet Wash
Short stay customer parking is available for cars at all facilities. No HGV parking is available.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Milton Service Station
Trivia and History
There is a BP filling station and pub-restaurant opposite on the eastbound side, but these aren't signposted as official. This pub-restaurant used to be part of the Crown Carveries pub chain, known locally as 'The Stonefield', before becoming part of the local Black Rooster Peri Peri chain on 24 September 2020.
Planning and Opening
The site started out as a nursery before it became a pair of garages in the 1960s.
The service area we see here today was developed in the early 1980s as a joint venture between Esso, Trusthouse Forte and Strathford Motor Company. It opened with an Esso forecourt, known as Dunglass and the Dumbarton branch of Little Chef in late 1982, which replaced the bypassed Clydebank branch.
The site later received a £1million redevelopment in late 1987, with Esso redeveloping their forecourt, Strathford Motor Company demolishing their existing garage and replacing it with newer, modern facilities and Trusthouse Forte adding a 32-bed Little Chef Lodge. The hotel later became a Travelodge.
Developments and Additions
The site gained the Dumbarton Gateway tourist information centre on 16 September 1994. Reports showed that 69,000 people utilised the facility within the first year of operation. The centre closed in 2014, later being purchased by local restaurant owners in 2016 who opened Masala Twist in the building in January 2017.
The Little Chef restaurant gained a Burger King in the late 1990s, but this closed in 2005. The Little Chef restaurant itself then closed in January 2012, as part of a crackdown on under-performing restaurants. The building was acquired by Euro Garages in summer 2012, becoming a Starbucks store later that year.
The forecourt formerly included Esso's Snack & Shop store. This was changed to Hursts in 2015 when the site was acquired by MRH. MRH was then acquired by MFG in 2018, who rebranded the store to Londis in 2021.
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