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Annandale Water services

Annandale Water
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Road:A74(M) at J16
(also accessible to traffic on the B7076)

Address:Annandale Water M S A
DG11 1HD
Telephone number:01576 470870
Signposted from the road?As McDonald's/Costa
Previous operators:Blue Boar
Grid reference:NY103925
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, Typhoo Shops: Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Nature Trail, Picnic Area, Showers Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: BP, BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue

Parking Prices

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.

The filling station is operated by BP Express.

Blue Boar design

An amended sign pointing to facilities, with Blue Boar's circular logo removed

This is one of three services to be built by Blue Boar - the company that built Watford Gap. When they took it on Roadchef didn't bulldoze it, but went on to preserve many of its features.

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. 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.

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.

Roadchef refurbishment

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 was formerly an overflow seating area at the back of Costa with Annandale branding, although a lot of this has been removed.

Survey Results

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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