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|
Sitting on the main route between Carlisle and Glasgow is this site built around a lake. Despite its deliberately rustic appearance, inside it offers the usual franchises.
Catering: Costa, Hot Food Co. (seasonal opening), McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Typhoo 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
The filling station is operated by BP Express.
Blue Boar design
This is one of three services to be built by Blue Boar - the company that built Watford Gap. When Roadchef took it on they didn't bulldoze it, but went on to preserve many of its features for many years.
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. An official opening ceremony was held on 5 April 1995, attended by the Earl of Annandale.
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. Inconsistent refurbishments have left several different styles of corporate branding visible together. Roadchef plan to carry out a large refurbishment to the toilet facilities in late 2017.
The location for a service area was obvious, as the nearby settlement of Johnstonebridge (which is served by this junction) was dependent on passing trade from the A74. This was lost when the new motorway opened.
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 away some of the charm although undoubtedly forming a commercial success. The new restaurant was then relegated to the former Wimpy area.
Roadchef removed lots of Blue Boar's branding during the refurbishment, including the Annandale Water logo above the doorway and the seating area. The logo is still etched into the windows around the coffee terrace at the back.
Roadchef also pasted their logo on all of Blue Boar's exterior signage, including a sign which still advertises the former Waterside Restaurant.
In March 2010 the services were awarded for their health and safety practices. Roadchef were awarded a golden plaque which is hung on the wall near the entrance.
|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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