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Harbledown services


A2 eastbound between the M2 and Canterbury

Signposted from the road.



map and directions


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

The newer partner of Gate is Harbledown services.


Amenities: Holiday Inn Express, Meeting Room, Tourist Information Sign Outdoor Space: Overgrown grass area next to restaurant; public footpath connections Charging Points: bp pulse 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO and 43kW Type 2 Forecourt: BP, SPAR, Costa Express, Jet Wash

Parking Prices

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

Parking within the hotel car park is free for the first 30 minutes, after which hotel guests must pay £3.

These restrictions are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

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

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Harbledown Service Station
Upper Harbledown

🌍 Operators & Official Websites:

Trivia and History

Small brick building with spray paint and evidence of a fire.
The former diner, bare and burned out.

Despite being only a mile from Gate on the westbound side, Harbledown is in an entirely different district.

The land to the north of the A2 was divided into small sections, one of which was purchased by a garage in the late 1960s. Despite it being set back from the road, subsequent expansion has brought it very close to the upgraded road.

In 1984 a Little Chef was built here. It closed in 2005 and became Mickey's Diner followed by Fab's Diner. The building was set alight in July 2011, following a dispute with a former employee. The restaurant now sits empty and derelict to this day. There was a plan to replace it with a large, two-storey motel in 2006, but this didn't happen.

The petrol station was formerly a Texaco with a Star Market store. This changed to BP in 2016, with new pumps being installed and a SPAR store being introduced. The filling station is now operated by JRN Garages Limited.

The hotel, positioned next to the road, is accessed from a deceptively stylish driveway at the back. It was first proposed in 1994 as a 50-bed hotel with a renewal of the planning permission in 1997. The hotel opened in around 1999.


Gate (westbound, ¾ mile)
Medway (19 miles)
Services on the A2Jubilee (18 miles)