A very small service area on the A419, located just half a mile from the M5 motorway.
Catering: Starbucks, Subway Amenities: Travelodge Outdoor Space: Large grass area around coffee shop Forecourt: Shell, Little Waitrose & Partners at Shell Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars at all facilities. No HGV parking is available.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Trivia and Design
The service area is often referred to as 'Stonehouse' or 'Fromeside' services. Throughout most of the 2000s, several popular road maps marked the services as a non-primary A-road service area named 'Oldbury', despite not listing any other facilities like this.
This may have been a deliberate exception to identify anyone copying their work. Even so, it raised the profile of what is otherwise an unremarkable service area: Oldbury was often used as an example in the map key, as it was usually the only non-primary service area in the whole map.
This site is commonly known as Oldbury, even if Little Chef called it Stonehouse. It shouldn't be confused with another former Little Chef and Travelodge in the larger town of Oldbury, in the West Midlands. Confusingly, that one is also incorrectly shown on some maps.
The filling station closed in March 2023 for major redevelopment works, reopening in September 2023 with a new sales building housing a Little Waitrose store, new HGV pumps and four electric vehicle charging bays, with chargers expected to be installed in early 2024. Half of the general pumps and the car wash were removed as part of the works to make way for the larger sales building and EV charging bays. The filling station is also one of the first examples of Shell's new refreshed branding, with light brown and white signage now used across the site.
The service area was developed by Trusthouse Forte in 1986, who opened the Stonehouse branch of Little Chef here on 22 September 1986 alongside a Shell filling station. Following correspondence from a disabled Little Chef fan who lived locally, Forte made sure the branch opened with ramp access and a disabled toilet.
The pairing was later joined by a Travelodge hotel in 1997, and an extension to the restaurant saw a Burger King added in 1998. The restaurants closed for a short time before the Little Chef reopened, but it closed again on 26 September 2012.
|Calcutt (northbound, 26 miles)
Seven Bridges (southbound, 26 miles)
Cirencester (A429, 19 miles)
|Services on the A419
|Gloucester (M5 northbound, 7 miles)
Michaelwood (M5 southbound, 9 miles)