July 15, 2022 12.45 pm

Coffee shop drive-thru to be built on A1 Little Chef site

Modernising the service area

By Local Democracy Reporter

An under-utilised service station on the A1 will get a new drive-thru coffee shop.

The former Little Chef at the Foston services will be demolished in a bid to modernise it and keep motorists refreshed.

South Kesteven District Council approved the plans to replace the empty restaurant with the coffee shop, drive-thru, parking and landscaping.

The operator of the new coffee shop hasn’t been confirmed, although designs resemble a well-known national chain.

It will be located on the Foston services, on the northbound lane of the A1 near Grantham.

The application has been submitted by JMS Planning & Development on behalf of Motor Fuel Ltd.

It says: “The historic loss of the restaurant/café on site means that the site does not meet the modern standards or motorists’ expectations of such a service area, and the proposed coffee shop will assist in meeting motorists’ needs providing the opportunity for nourishment and rest.”

It adds that coffee shops are becoming “a more and more important part of service areas meeting the needs and expectations of road users.”

Plans for the newly-approved coffee shop | Photo: JMS Planning & Development

Highways England raised questions about the safety of pedestrians coming from the nearby village, but didn’t raise an objection.

The proposed café would create the equivalent of 11 full time jobs, and would be open from 5am to 11pm.

The building was built as a motel and became a Little Chef before closing in 2013. Planning documents report that at some point it was taken over by a catering company.