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Ings services


A591 at Ings

Signposted from the road.



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Single site located at the side of the road.

The Lake District's Pret forms this service area on the road to Windermere.


Catering: Pret A Manger Outdoor Space: Large grass area next to car park; public footpath connections Forecourt: BP, Londis, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Rollover, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

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

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

Contact Details

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Ings Filling Station

Trivia and History

A building with a large, glass frontage.
The former restaurant building as BikeTreks, pictured in 2020.

The filling station here dates back to at least the 1960s. Roadchef signed a 28-year lease on the land next door, and opened what they said was their very first restaurant in September 1973, in what was a special chalet-style building.

After around five years, Roadchef had sold the lease to Little ChefHistory. There was already a Little Chef a few miles east of here at Staveley, which lasted from around 1970 until 1985, but the one at Ings stuck around much longer.

The forecourt received a major redevelopment in 1989, when it became a BP site.

The Little Chef eventually closed in 2004, becoming Lakewinds Diner in 2006. It reopened as a Little Chef in the summer of 2009, as part of a big expansion plan. This time it only lasted until 2012, where cutbacks struck again and the branch was closed once more.

The forecourt rebranded to Esso in 2011, under AUK Investments' ownership. They extended the sales building and former restaurant in 2015, introducing BikeTreks and Café Ambio to the main building in 2016. Café Ambio closed in 2021.

AUK rebranded the site back to BP in 2020. They sold this and their five other filling stations in the area to MFG in December 2020. Following the takeover, MFG rebranded the shop to Londis, and added a number of grab and go options to the store.

MFG took over the former Café Ambio space in early 2023, opening the first Pret A Manger store in the Lake District here on 2 March 2023, turning the main building back into a dining option.


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