King's Lynn services
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Single site located at a junction.
A strange combination of two service areas. The official service area is the McDonald's and petrol station, but there is an additional Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre positioned down an adjacent entrance, albeit at the end of a long driveway.
Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru Outdoor Space: Wild meadow behind hotel; grass patch behind forecourt Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Car Wash, Free Cash Machine
Parking and use of the forecourt is limited to 20 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by Euro Car Parks whilst the McDonald's car park is limited to 90 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by UKPC Ltd.
No HGV parking is available at either facility.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
- 🗺 Grid reference: TF608188
- 📌 what3words: ///swung.acted.pose
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Trivia and History
The original part of the service area was developed by Kelly's Kitchen and Petrofina in late 1988, at a cost of £1.5 million, at what is known locally as the Pullover Roundabout.
Kelly's Kitchen became the West Lynn branch of Little Chef almost immediately. In February 2012, it was deemed to be under-performing and closed. In 2013, the restaurant reopened as a McDonald's Drive Thru.
The Petrofina forecourt later became Total. In December 2012, the site was sold to Shell following Total's nationwide shutdown. These facilities became widely known as 'King's Lynn services'.
Meanwhile there was another branch about two miles to the east. The King's Lynn branch of Little Chef opened about a year earlier, probably hoping to compete with Kelly's Kitchen. It lasted until 1996 when it was closed in favour of the larger West Lynn branch (although the King's Lynn branch was briefly brought back as a Burger King).
Plans for a new development, known as 'Freebridge Park', were granted permission in April 2019 which utilises the land surrounding the hotel access road adjacent to the service area. These plans include 6 retail units, 4 industrial units and 2 drive-thru units situated directly behind the McDonald's restaurant adjacent to Clenchwarton Road, named on the plans as a Costa Drive Thru and a KFC Drive Thru.
Further plans were submitted in October 2020 for the north-east corner of the development to be developed into a new Highways England depot with salt barn as opposed to the 6 retail units that were proposed in the 2018 application. A decision is set to be made on this application in Summer 2021.
This is not the first time that this land had been earmarked for development, as a lorry park has been planned as far back as 1992. While Freebridge Park isn't officially the service area, it is universally known as 'Freebridge services'.
The first part of the development, the Costa Drive Thru, opened in May 2021.
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