This is the service area at Hazelgrove Roundabout in Somerset, not to be confused with the restaurant on Camel Hill, or with Hazel Groves elsewhere in the country.
A small petrol station and McDonald's at the end of the Sparkford Bypass. Confusingly, when travelling west the signage provides directions to both Hazelgrove and Camel Hill services without differentiating between the two. Hazelgrove is the first exit.
Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru Outdoor Space: Grass verge by forecourt Charging Points: InstaVolt 120kW CCS & 50kW CHAdeMO Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, f'real Milkshakes, Car Wash, Jet Wash
Parking within the forecourt is limited to 20 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced.
Parking within the McDonald's or large vehicle parking areas is limited to 90 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by MET Parking.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Trivia and History
Before the Sparkford Bypass was built, the A303 and A359 used to split in two, and run along what's now the northern and eastern boundary of this service area. A garage was positioned right in the middle, where the two met. It was known as Wakes Garage.
When the bypass opened in November 1989, the new roundabout was built on the western side and several options to expand Wakes Garage into a full service area were looked at by the owners and by Margram, including placing a more traditional roadside restaurant by the roundabout.
A new McDonald's Drive Thru was provided in the rear corner: McDonald's still call it their "Wakes Garage" branch. InstaVolt later installed an electric vehicle charging point in the car park in March 2023.
In 2018, the filling station was sold to MFG after an investigation conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority, who now know it as Hazelgrove services. This is named after the notorious roundabout, which is itself a modernised spelling of 'Hazlegrove', a spelling that is also still used in some instances. Following the acquisition, MFG rebranded the shop to Londis.
MFG have now opted to sell the site to Shell under a separate battle with the Competition and Markets Authority. The site closed for two weeks in late March 2023 for the site to be refurbished.
The Hazelgrove Roundabout is due to be bypassed in March 2024. While the service area will most-likely be signed from the westbound carriageway, it remains to be seen whether it will be fully signposted from the eastbound side, or whether the detour will reduce the number of people stopping. The dramatically reduced traffic levels on the roundabout may also permit more development in the area.
|Willoughby Hedge (westbound, 19 miles)|
Countess (38 miles)
|Services on the A303||Camel Hill (½ mile)|
|none||Services on the A359||Nunney Catch (16 miles)|