The Turks Head junction on the Honiton Bypass has a picnic area and signposted service area.
Catering: Smiley's Café (at picnic area) Amenities: Premier Inn, Toilets Outdoor Space: Picnic tables and woodland walk at picnic area; public footpath connections Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Car Wash, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars only at the hotel and filling station.
Short stay parking is available for all vehicles at the picnic area.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Honiton Garage To and Fro
Turks Head Lane
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Trivia and Design
The junction, picnic area, former restaurant and hotel and general area take the name 'Turks Head', after the former 18th Century toll house which sits on the nearby Exeter Road.
The picnic area is located to the north of the junction, whilst the filling station and hotel are located to the south. All facilities are accessible in both directions, but they are only signposted as an official service area from the westbound A30.
The service area is not related to the Honiton Little Chef, which was positioned at the eastern end of the bypass. This opened in 1974 and closed on 11 March 2017, becoming an EG Group-operated Starbucks store.
The Honiton Bypass opened in December 1966. Its western junction, by the former Turks Head toll house, was provided with a local authority picnic area, creating a new stopping point for travellers.
Local garage owner Gerald Harris wanted to move his car repair garage from Honiton town centre to the new Turks Head junction. A new garage workshop, vehicle showroom and a JET filling station opened in 1969. These were joined by the Honiton Motel and Restaurant in 1972.
The forecourt gained a car wash in 1987. This utilised part of the car showroom and was attached to the main showroom building.
The picnic area gained catering facilities in a portable building in 2004, known as Smiley's Café. This was then joined by a purpose-built toilet block in 2005.
The Honiton Motel rebranded to Turks Head Lodge in around 2012. By 2014, the hotel and restaurant building were derelict. Premier Inn acquired the site in 2015 and demolished the former hotel and restaurant building, providing a new hotel at the back of the site. The site of the restaurant building became a new car park for the hotel.
The forecourt was rebranded to Harvest Energy in the early 2010s. In early 2017, the forecourt was acquired by BP who demolished the existing sales building and canopy in May, reopening the site as one of their Connect sites with a M&S Simply Food store and Wild Bean Cafe in early 2018. The Honiton Garage continues to trade behind the forecourt.
BP installed a BP Pulse electric vehicle charger on their forecourt in early 2022, but this is yet to go live.
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