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Tunbridge Wells services

Location:

A21 by the Tunbridge Wells Bypass

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

TN12 7HE

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:



The former Blue Boys Pub stands next to this petrol station.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King Drive Thru Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for all vehicles.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Hastings Road
Matfield
Tonbridge
Kent
TN12 7HE

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):


Trivia and History

Blue Boys Inn 2000.
The pub before the service area was built.

The Blue Boys Inn Pub was based on a 16th century farmhouse, becoming registered as an ale house in 1736. It offered refreshment and repairs at the start of the turnpike. The pub was apparently named after the uniform of King George IV's outriders, who sought assistance at the Inn after the King's coach shed a wheel. In the 1950s coach parking (labelled on maps as a 'coach station') was provided behind the pub.

In the late 1980s the coach parking became a motorhome site. After 1994, several plans were made by Aquaries Investments and Margram to build a service station here. One of the plans involved building a restaurant in the pub car park, while another planned a drive thru restaurant in the north-east corner.

The sudden need for the services came from the opening of the Tunbridge Wells Bypass to Kipping's Cross, which left very few petrol stations on the A21. The site eventually opened in 2006 named Tunbridge Wells services as one of BP's BP Connect sites featuring a Wild Bean Café, and included the construction of a new roundabout named Blue Boys.

In 2007, just a year after opening, the filling station gained a M&S Simply Food store.

In May 2020, McDonald's once again submitted plans to build a McDonald's Drive Thru here but this time on the existing filling station car park however the plans were later withdrawn in July 2020 following strong objections from neighbouring residents and businesses.

Future of the Blue Boys Inn

Blue Boys Cafe.
The Blue Boys Cafe in 2011.

In the early 2000s, the pub went on to become Monsoon Spice. This closed in around 2008. In 2009, the car park gained a hand car wash and snack bar. In 2011, the site then became Blue Boys Café with the hand car wash remaining and the snack bar being removed. Both the café and hand car wash closed a year later with the building becoming heavily dilapidated.

Since the closure in 2012, several plans have been made to make use of the pub. In 2013, there were two plans: one to adapt the pub to become a drive thru, and the other to demolish it and replace it with a two-storey McDonald's drive thru. Part of the building was demolished in April 2014.

In May 2014 the pub became a Grade II listed building.

In 2018, there was a plan to extend and refurbish the pub, but there was also a plan to replace it with a Burger King drive thru. During late 2018, work started to convert the former pub into the Burger King Drive Thru. This opened on 2 April 2019.

Alternatives

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Clacket Lane (M25 west, 21 miles)
Thurrock (M25 north, 32 miles)
Swanley (A20 eastbound, 27 miles)
Services on the A21none