One of the UK road network's many oddities: Weeley isn't classed as a full service area, and yet it is a prominent exit from the A133.
Catering: McDonald's Drive Thru, Bowling Green Table Table Amenities: Premier Inn, Tourist Information Sign Outdoor Space: Small grass space behind hotel Forecourt: BP, Londis, Greggs, Costa Express, Dunkin' Donuts, Hershey's Freeze, Reese's Freeze, Rollover, Jet Wash, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars at all facilities, with spaces for larger vehicles behind the BP filling station.
Parking within the McDonald's car park is limited to 60 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced.
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Trivia and History
Despite Weeley technically not being a full service area, it is shown as one by the Ordnance Survey.
With work on the A133 Little Clacton Bypass being completed in 1993, attention soon turned to a possible service area.
Potton Investments Ltd proposed the area be turned into a business park, with a large petrol station by the roundabout. Fahey Contracts Ltd planned, in more detail, a motel and service station for the junction. This showed the filling station facing the other way (with pumps at the back), and space for a large restaurant, not yet named.
The hotel was given the name Weeley Motor Lodge.
The initial Weeley proposal was refused following numerous objections from residents. A follow up, from Modern Leisure Developments Ltd in partnership with Whitbread, was eventually approved. This showed just a forecourt and a Brewers Fayre restaurant (positioned at the western end of the site), and it called the place Tendring Park services. Dedicated caravan parking was to be provided, with a stand-alone toilet block.
The forecourt opened under the brand Q8. The operator of the whole site was named 'Tendring Park services'. It was managed by Malthurst until they merged with MRH (now MFG), who call it 'Weeley services'.
The Brewers Fayre restaurant became Brewsters, and then Table Table. Despite being a very new building, it's built in a traditional pub style, even by their standards. The McDonald's opened on an adjacent plot of land in 2000, and the Travel Inn hotel opened around the same time. The service area also houses a hand car wash and Churchills of Clacton van rentals.
MRH had the forecourt branded BP with a SPAR store and a Wild Bean Cafe. This changed to a Londis store in 2020, with the Wild Bean Cafe also removed. The Londis store closed on 28 November 2022 for a refit, reopening on 15 December with the addition of a new Greggs store in a extension to the existing sales building, along with several new grab and go options.
McDonald's are applying for permission to build two InstaVolt electric vehicle charging points in their car park. Meanwhile, MFG are looking to build eight new charging points in their forecourt.
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