Folly Tower services
A couple of facilities are provided at the New Inn roundabout near Pontypool, and signposted from all approaches.
Catering: KFC Drive Thru, McDonald's Drive Thru, Starbucks (within hotel) Hotel: Best Western (Pontypool Metro) Charging Points: Charging Point 3kW Type 2 Forecourt: Shell, SPAR, Greggs, Subway, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue Containers, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars at all facilities. No HGV parking is available.
Parking within the McDonald's car park is limited to 75 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
The Best Western car park is strictly for hotel guests only and entry and exit to the car park is barrier controlled.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Roundabout Service Station
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Trivia and History
The service area here first opened in 1989 as a Heron filling station and a McDonald's Drive Thru restaurant, with land left to the south of the filling station for future development. A separate planning application was also submitted at the time of opening for a 88-seater restaurant and 50-bed hotel to use this additional land, but these were never built.
The filling station became Elf branded during the mid-1990s, and later went onto become a Total filling station with a Bonjour store in the 2000s.
The unused land has received several proposals for its use, with plans for warehouses in 1990, for new council offices in 1999 and a KFC Drive Thru in 2002, but none of these proposals were ever built. The land was eventually developed in 2008 to house a KFC Drive Thru and a Travelodge hotel, with both opening in early 2009. The hotel was later sold in the mid-2010s to Best Western who introduced 'We Proudly Serve Starbucks' to their café bar for a time.
Following Total's nationwide shutdown in 2012, the filling station was acquired by Shell who added their Select store and their Deli2go offering. The site was then acquired by Euro Garages in 2016 who rebranded the store to SPAR and added a Subway store to replace Deli2Go. In 2017, Euro Garages converted the car wash to a Greggs store.