|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M56 at J14|
(also accessible to traffic on the A5117)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|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, this recently extended site is aimed at drivers heading towards North Wales and the Wirral (and, presumably, Chester).
Catering: Chozen Noodle, Costa, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Cotton Traders, Fone Bitz, Spar, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Game On, Jackpot £500, Regus Express, Showers, UK TruckClean Truck Wash Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Yorkshire Tea, 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
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.
Chester was originally planned in the 1970s, under the name Hapsford. It would have opened at the same time as services near M53 J5 (Eastham Rake) and M56 J8 (Agden). The plans were then scaled back as traffic lows in the region were expected to be low.
Rank and Fortes were encouraged to bid for Hapsford despite them already owning sites on the M6. However, there was still no interest, and what eventually opened was a gravel car park maintained by the Department of Transport.
New plans for the service surfaced in the late 1980s. In 1992, service area planning was deregulated, and development firm Bushwing Ltd took advantage of this by creating their own proposal. Despite opposition from a local mobile café, in 1998 it was upgraded to a full MSA. At this time its name was changed to the more marketable Chester.
In 2013, the services were changed from Roadchef's traditional 'High Street' format (where all the units, and a seating area, were tucked away along a single corridor) to their new 'free-flow' design (which saw a pathway snake around the seating area). This saw the relatively new Hot Food Co replaced with the motorway network's second Fresh Food Café.
A Pasty Presto outlet was here for a short while and was the most northerly in the UK.
In 2015, the services were rated 4 stars by Visit England.
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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