Red Post services
This former Little Chef branch survived until the end, but has been slowly wound down since.
Trivia and History
Red Post is a road junction just west of here, named after its red fingerpost. A property called Red Post Bungalow was built next to the A31, and then a workshop was built next to it in 1978.
Plans for a filling station and a restaurant here were first proposed in 1981. The filling station opened first, and a Happy Eater later joined it in 1985. This became the Bere Regis branch of Little Chef in 1996, which gained a Subway franchise in 2014.
Following the loss of the rights to the Little Chef brand name, Euro Garages converted the Little Chef to EG Diner in January 2018. The restaurant later closed in summer of 2018 with no plans to replace it.
Following the closure of the restaurant, the filling station followed closing in late 2018. The Subway then closed on 12 March 2019 at 3pm leaving the site abandoned.
During the coronavirus lockdowns, the forecourt was used by a snack bar, which branded itself as "food to go".
EG Group were granted permission in February 2021 to redevelop the site demolishing the existing structures and replacing them with a new forecourt and larger sales building on land currently occupied by the former Little Chef as well as a Starbucks Drive Thru being built on the current car park at the back of the site. These works commenced in November 2021, with the existing sales building being demolished and the existing fuel tanks removed. The former restaurant building was also stripped of all its contents.
The Ordnance Survey continues to show Red Post as an active service area, named 'Bere Regis'.
|Picket Post (21 miles)||Services on the A31||Kilmington Cross (A35 west, 44 miles)|