Annandale Water services
|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||A74(M) at J16|
(also accessible to traffic on the B7076)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Address:||Annandale Water M S A|
|Telephone number:||01576 470870|
|Signposted from the road?||As McDonald's/Costa|
|Previous operators:||Blue Boar|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Annandale Water/Roadchef's official website|
A popular service area offering views from around a lake, located on the main route from Carlisle to Glasgow.
Catering: Costa, Hot Food Co. (seasonal opening), McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Nature Trail, Picnic Area, Showers Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: BP, BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £22, or £24 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop. The location code is 5272.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
This is the first Roadchef services you'll pass as you head north of the border.
Blue Boar design
Blue Boar put a heavy emphasis on the local appeal of services, using 'Annandale Water' and 'Annandale Lodge' around the site much more than their own name. The building consists of a combined amenity building and hotel, from the front looking very old-fashioned, but that allows for large windows around the purpose-built lake at the back.
The toilets, situated at the front, have separate entrances and exits and staggered doorways, to allow for high flows.
An official opening ceremony was held on 5 April 1995, opened by the Earl of Annandale.
The location for a service area was obvious, as the nearby settlement of Johnstonebridge (which is served here) was almost dependent on passing trade from the A74, which was replaced by the new motorway.
The lake for which Annandale is known was dug by the Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division, sponsored by Texaco and Blue Boar.
In 2014 as part of their standard refurbishment, Roadchef changed the restaurant to a McDonald's and relocated the Costa to the back, taking some of the charm although undoubtedly forming a commercial success. The new restaurant was then relegated to the former Wimpy area.
There is still an overflow seating area at the back of Costa, with lots of Annandale branding.
In March 2010 the services were awarded for their health and safety practices.
|Abington (A74(M), 26 miles)||Services on the A74(M)||Gretna Green (A74(M), 21 miles)|
|Hamilton (M74 north, 49 miles)|
Bothwell (M74 south, 50 miles)
|Roadchef services||none nearby|
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