Old Inns services
Old Inns is little more than a petrol station and a restaurant, which had a stroke of luck: first it was signed from the old A80 as a service area, and when that became a motorway, it received signs from the new motorway too.
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Catering: Old Inns Cafe, Milano Express Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers, Free Cash Machine
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Trivia and History
Old Inns started as a petrol station built next to the north-eastbound carriageway of the new A80, close to Old Inns Farm. Access was also provided to the B816. This meant traffic heading south-west could access the petrol station by driving around the two loops at Old Inns Interchange to join the A80 northbound, and then return by taking the B816 back to the interchange.
In 1984 the Cumbernauld branch of Little Chef was built alongside it. This gained a Burger King in 1998. Despite reportedly high levels of trade, the branch closed in 2007 as Little Chef felt it was unprofitable, most likely due to a previous decision to sell the land to raise cash. The former restaurant building then reopened as a Chinese buffet restaurant called 'Silk Cottage', but this closed in 2017. The building is now home to the Milano Express Pizza and Burger Restaurant.
When the A80 was replaced by the M80 in 2011, the signs for the service area were replaced with blue ones. The direct access from the dual carriageway was closed and instead all traffic had to enter and leave via the rearranged Old Inns Interchange. This is probably now the smallest service area to be signed from a UK motorway.
Around the same time, the forecourt was redeveloped with the flow turned around, to match the new road layout.
|Bothwell (M74 southbound, 14 miles)|
Hamilton (M74 northbound, 15 miles)
|Services on the M80||Stirling (9 miles)|