A designated commercial area on the Polegate Bypass.
Catering: Lite Bites Bistro, McDonald's Drive Thru, Whitbread Inns (Treacle Mine) Main Amenities: Children's Soft Play Area Hotel: Premier Inn Forecourt: Co-op Petrol, Co-op Food, Costa Express, Rollover, LPG (FloGas), AdBlue Containers, Car Wash, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is provided for cars at all facilities with 6 parking bays available for larger vehicles on the forecourt.
Customers of Whitbread Inns and Premier Inn are required to provide their registration number to either the bar or reception in order to claim free parking during their visit. Chargeable parking is also available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is charged at 50p per hour up to a maximum of £3 for 24 hours.
These fees are paid using the YourParkingSpace app using location code 11125.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
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Trivia and History
When this section of the Polegate Bypass was built, space was left both for the road to be completed and for a service area to be plugged in. This arrived a few years later, in the style of a long road with an increasing number of developments attached to it. It was developed around Cop Hall House, which is still there.
Initial plans for the service area were made in 1992, with outline planning permission being requested by DM&H Planning Services in 1996. This showed a filling station with HGV/coach parking area, hotel, restaurant, motorists' shop, tourist information centre, picnic area and car parking, all based around a single access road. This was finally approved in 2001.
Margram and Cophall Farm finalised details of the new filling station in 2003, which they called Eastbourne service station. Whitbread soon followed with its intention to build a Brewers Fayre restaurant and a 40-bed Travel Inn on the opposite side of the road.
These opened in 2006, with the filling station branded Somerfield. A picnic area, children's play area and toilet block were provided at the bottom of the access road.
The Brewers Fayre restaurant changed to its sister brand, Table Table, and it was known as 'Treacle Mine', referring to the local folk tale of Polegate's treacle mines. The Premier Inn was extended later that year.
Lite Bites Bistro Café opened on 8 August 2007 in part of the toilet block, with one end being retained as toilets.
The McDonald's opened on some of the remaining land in 2012. Around this time, the picnic area was sealed off. That land is now used by the farm owners to host car boot sales.
The Table Table restaurant was one of many to be rebranded in 2016, this time becoming 'Whitbread Inns'. The interior of the restaurant now features old photos and information about the treacle mines and the history of where the restaurant gets its name from.
The final remaining plot of land on the site was used to house a 'Make Ready Centre' for the South East Coast Ambulance Service in 2017.
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