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Gate services


A2 westbound between the M2 and Canterbury

Signposted from the road.


ME13 9LN

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

The Gate Inn is an old facility which has managed to survive the modernisation of the A2. It has a partner on the other side, Harbledown.


Hotel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: Esso, Londis, Greggs, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, F'wip Frozen Desserts, Rollover, Tango Ice Blast, AdBlue Containers, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available. No HGV or overnight parking is available.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Gate Service Station
Gate Hill
ME13 9LN

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

Sheila's Kitchen restaurant.
Sheila's Kitchen restaurant in 2018.

The Gate pub was a historic facility provided on the old Watling Street, which appeared to be named after a toll gate. This was expanded to become the Gate Inn, which survived the A2 being upgraded with a short bypass in the 1970s.

At this stage there were proposals to build petrol stations on either side of the road. Only the westbound side was approved, and built by Esso. In February 1984 the Gate Inn was taken over to become the Gate branch of Little ChefHistory, turning Gate into a full service area. A Travelodge was built in around 1995.

The Little Chef closed on 22 August 2012 as part of the chain's cutbacks. It was purchased by the branch manager who turned it into Sheila's Kitchen. Sheila's Kitchen opened in May 2013 with the kitchen retaining the look of an old pub whilst serving as a modern diner. Sheila's Kitchen closed its doors for the final time on 24 April 2019, with the owner moving on to focus on other business ventures.

The original Travelodge car park which sits on the south side of the forecourt here has been abandoned for many years. This is now set to be given a new lease of life as MFG submitted plans in April 2020 to build a Starbucks Drive Thru on this land. As part of these plans, MFG intend to install 4 electric vehicle charging bays at the back of the existing filling station. Permission was granted in November 2020.

Past the restaurant is the Esso petrol station which was rebuilt in 2006 as part of Esso's On the Run programme introducing a Costa café to the site. This was taken over by MRH in 2015 who introduced Hursts and Greggs brands to the site. MFG later replaced Hursts with a Londis store in 2020.


none on A2
Medway (18 miles)
Services on the A2Harbledown (eastbound, 1 mile)
Jubilee (19 miles)