Leicester Forest East

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Leicester Forrest EastI remember being taken to Leicester Forest East service station as a child. It was a big event, my parents paid for the silver service restaurant meal for the whole family. We sat over the M1 watching the traffic roar passed underneath while being treated to a quality meal.

The M1 was the first British motorway, my parents remember before the UK Motorway system was built. I can’t find a reference to it, but I think this was the first of the modern motorway service stations.

It’s gradually become like all the other service stations, lacking the stunning uniqueness that it had when I was a kiddy.

As a post-graduate student at Loughborough University in the late 80’s we would drive out to Leicester Forest East after a night clubbing.¬†When Loughborough closed, Leicester Forest East was open 24 hours serving burgers and coffee. A place to hang-out and watch the waifs and strays taking a break on their journeys. Fond memories. It’s scheduled to close in 2017 to make space for a wider motorway. The end of an era.


Leicester Forest East
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2 bits of lovely banter on “Leicester Forest East”

  1. Scarlet writes:

    As a child I was always fascinated by the walkways over the motorway… there was one over the M1 that looked as though it was padded with leather with those porthole windows. I always wanted my parents to stop so that I could investigate…. but they never did. This non-indulgence has left me with a life long fascination with service station walkways… I am often disappointed.



  2. Indigo Roth writes:

    Closing? SAY IT AIN’T SO! It’s a favourite stop-off for some snackage if I go to a concert in Birmingham. Bah. Indigo x



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