Very small services on the A419, located just half a mile from the M5 motorway.
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.
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Trivia and Details
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.
Shell currently holds planning permission to redevelop the forecourt here, providing a new sales building, new pumps and removing the existing car wash to make way for four electric vehicle charging points.
The service area was developed by Trusthouse Forte in 1986, who opened the Stonehouse branch of Little Chef here 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.
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.