A pair of coffee shops near the M25. The southbound side has a long exit road which is used to park HGVs.
Outdoor Space: on both sides: Grass verges only (extreme care needed)
plus northbound only: public footpath connection Forecourt: BP, Marks and Spencer Food, Wild Bean Café, Free Cash Machine
Short stay customer parking is available for cars, with short stay HGV parking available on the southbound side only along the exit slip road.
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Ripley By Pass
- 🗺 Grid reference: TQ054559
🌍 Operators & Official Websites:
Trivia and History
The service area here was an example of Happy Eater stepping up a gear with their business.
Happy Eater opened their first branch on what is now the old A3 in Send in 1974, which they called 'Ripley'. The Wisley Bypass opened in 1976 and would have seen passing trade drop, but Happy Eater appeared to be content with that. This contentment only lasted for a few more years until they decided in 1983 to move the Ripley branch to the new A3, where a dual-sided service area was built with Happy Eaters on both sides. By now many other Happy Eaters had opened, and it was clear they wanted to focus on major roads and keep all their buildings in the same style.
One of these two new Happy Eaters was the 50th to open at the time. To celebrate this and the investment, Princess Michael of Kent was invited to a promotion event in the restaurant in March 1985.
The northbound restaurantStarbucks store. The southbound Little Chef received a thorough refurbishment as part of Wonderfully British, where it gained a Good To Go. It closed in summer 2017 and was converted by Euro Garages to a Starbucks.was the first to close in 2007, later becoming a
The filling stations were redeveloped by BP in the late 1990s. BP currently hold planning permission on the northbound side to demolish the forecourt sales shop and replace it with a new two-storey sales building with upstairs seating for Wild Bean Café customers.
|Cobham (M25 east, 5 miles)|
Heston (M4 east, 21 miles)
Beaconsfield (M40 north, 27 miles)
Toddington (M1 north, 54 miles)
South Mimms (M25 north, 44 miles)
|Services on the A3||Eashing (southbound, 11 miles)|
Liphook (22 miles)
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