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Charnock Richard
Welcome Break
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Road:M6 between J27 and J28

Address:Motorway Break
Charnock Richard Motorway Services Area
Park Hall Road
Charnock Richard
Telephone number:01257 791494
Signposted from the road?Yes
Previous operators:Motorway Services Ltd, Trusthouse Forte
Grid reference:SD544152
Services type:Single site built upon the motorway.
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Don't be fooled by the great big block sitting above the M6; inside it is a standard service area but with fast food on the bridge.


Catering: Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, West Cornwall Pasty Co.
southbound only: Krispy Kreme
Shops: Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Conference Room, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell, Costa Express
northbound only: Shell Shop
southbound only: Select, Deli2Go, Yorkshire Tea, Krispy Kreme, Autogas LPG

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £19, or £21 to include a £9 meal voucher.

Prices can be paid in the shop, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Trivia and History

Full details: History:Charnock Richard

The 1960s Grill & Griddle restaurant on the bridge.

The Starbucks and Subway here are provided in lower-level extensions, beneath the bridge staircase.

On the first Wednesday of every month people from the police, Highways Agency and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) would meet with lorry drivers at the northbound services to talk about any concerns they may have.

Charnock Richard is a classic example of an American-inspired bridge-restaurant service area; one of the oldest in the country. It was picked out of several options.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2008 the southbound services won a five star loo award.

In 2007, Charnock Richard won a four star loo award.

In 2006, Holiday Which? gave the services a 2 out of 5.

In 2005 and again in 2006 they won a five star loo award.

In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor". He said its standards "were not wholly low, but no high point was achieved", while the standard Forte menu relied heavily on convenience food. One particular meal - fish which may have been haddock - was "not fit for human consumption".


Lymm (23 miles)
Burtonwood (M62 west, 20 miles)
Services on the M6 Lancaster (25 miles)
Blackburn with Darwen (M65, 15 miles)
Tickled Trout (10 miles)
Keele (54 miles)
Burtonwood (M62 west, 20 miles)
Welcome Break services none nearby

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