|Road:||M56 at J14|
(also accessible to traffic on the A5117)
|Address:||Road Chef Motorways Ltd|
Chester Service Area
M56 Junction 14
|Telephone number:||01928 728500|
|Signposted from the road?||As McDonald's/Costa|
|Opened:||1973 (rest area)|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Chester/Roadchef's official website|
The only motorway services at this end of the road network, aimed at drivers heading towards North Wales and the Wirral (and, presumably, Chester).
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Game On, Jackpot £500, Regus Express, Showers, UK TruckClean Truck Wash[website]
Restaurants: Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, Cotton Traders
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms]
Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £24, or £26 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5267.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia & History
Chester originally opened as a 'rest' or 'picnic' area, but really this only consisted of a gravel car park, despite plans for a full service area being put through in 1992. It was later upgraded to a full MSA.
For some reason, it appears to have a closed-off caravan parking area, with caravans being sent in to a corner of the car park instead, leaving a large section of the grounds as being rarely accessed.
A Pasty Presto outlet was here for a short while and was the most northerly in the UK.
RoadChef's second Fresh Food Café opened here on 13 March 2013, replacing the relatively new Hot Food Co. Hot Food Co. had been introduced as part of a standard refit of units, but the introduction of Fresh Food Café was a chance to take down the long part-partition which had become associated with Roadchefs of this era, brightening it up at the same time by breaking away from the traditional, organised corridor layout.
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 2 stars.
|Lymm (14 miles)||Services on the M56||
none on M56|
Northop Hall (14 miles)
|none on M56|
Sandbach (M6 south, 35 miles)
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