Country (Warmington) services
⚠️ Please note that this service area is not yet open.
A petrol station and workshop on the A605 is in the process of being rebuilt.
Short stay customer parking is available for cars. Unofficial short stay HGV parking is available on Oundle Road.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Trivia and Design
The forecourt was originally known as 'East Midland service station', but it's now known by the even vaguer title of 'Country'.
There is a pair of bus stops outside close to the service area, which receive a regular service. Despite the Little Chef having closed in 2004, NaPTAN (which is the source of most journey planning services and bus stop announcements), still calls both bus stops "Little Chef" (as of 2022), and indeed this name is still advertised at the stops themselves.
A garage has been positioned here next to the original path of the A605 since at least the early 1950s, which was acquired by Binns Motors in 1952. The site went onto sell Shell fuels from 1956. The road was later diverted away, allowing the old road to be used as HGV parking.
The Warmington branch of Little Chef opened in the next parcel of land on 21 January 1985 and was officially opened by local Oundle schoolgirl Victoria Bowers. There were plans to add a Travelodge, but this didn't happen. The restaurant closed in around 2004, becoming Peranakan Café and then Jem's Diner. It is now abandoned.
The forecourt was acquired by M Kamper Services in June 1985, who operated the site under Mobil branding. The site was later acquired by Q8 in late 1990, before rebranding to Jet in the 2000s. The forecourt was later acquired by MRH in the mid-2010s who rebranded the site to Esso.
MFG are currently demolishing all of the buildings and providing a new forecourt with separate islands for HGVs and smaller vehicles. There will be a new sales building in the middle of the site and a Starbucks Drive Thru on the site of the former restaurant. The plan also includes provision for four electric vehicle charging points.
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