|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M40 at J2|
(also accessible to traffic on the A355)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Telephone number:||01494 678876|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Beaconsfield/Extra's official website|
A service area at the bottom of the M40, filling a large gap between the former existing services. For a while it was the highest-rated motorway service area on this site, with an impressive four-and-a-half stars after a record-breaking number of votes (see below-right for the latest figures).
Catering: Carvery Express, Chozen Noodle, El Mexicana, Francesca, Greggs, KFC, McDonald's, Mint Leaves, Nando's, Patisserie Valerie, Starbucks, Wetherspoons, Nescafe Alegria Shops: M&S Simply Food, Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Picnic Area, Quicksilver, Regus Express, Showers Motel: Ibis Budget Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Costa Express, PG Tips 2Go, Deli2go, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash
First three hours free for all vehicles, after which you must pay £25 per 24 hour period.
Trivia & History
Beaconsfield services is one of few sites to have a dedicated police community support officer on site for crime prevention. Swayfield (who own Extra) contribute half of the cost of the officer, backed up by security guards in the evenings.
Beaconsfield was granted planning permission in 2005 to much controversy amongst local residents and the local media. It replaces a long-cancelled plan for a service area at Abbey Barns. The services were announced as the UK's biggest, with the UK's biggest petrol station, although it's thought Cobham now has a larger one.
One of the biggest fears is that traffic exiting the services would need to cross the busy A355, and the last thing M40 users would want is a spitting image of Cherwell Valley. The services were built in a large area of woodland and were originally forecast to open in September 2008, but instead opened at 6am on March 17th 2009. An official opening event was held on the 28th May 2009.
Units and Design
There are 675 car parking spaces, 60 HGVs, 12 caravan places and 15 for coaches. There were rumours that the services could feature a park-and-ride site to please local residents, but this turned out to be false.
'The Hope & Champion' Wetherspoons pub opened here on 21 January 2014 - the opening of a motorway pub was a first and no doubt was controversial, it got the go ahead in June 2013.
A Nando's outlet opened here on 13 August 2014, again a first at any UK motorway service area.
The upper floor is used by Extra as a head office, which they moved to from Lincoln.
In 2013 the services won a platinum loo award. Also, in 2014 Beaconsfield won the national motorway service station category in the Loo of the Year Awards.
In 2012 the services won a gold loo award.
In May 2012 and August 2011 the services were given 4 stars by Visit England, and it came top in the internal comforts, picnic and dog walking categories.
|none on M40|
Heston (M4 east, 14 miles
Pease Pottage (M23 south, 54 miles)
Clacket Lane (M25 south, 48 miles)
South Mimms (M25 east, 25 miles)
|Services on the M40||Oxford (24 miles)|
|none on M40|
Cobham (M25 south, 26 Miles)
|Extra services||none nearby|
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