|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M25 between J9 and J10|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Address:||Cobham Motorway Service Area M25|
|Telephone number:||01494 678876|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Services type:||Single site located between junctions with access to both sides.|
|Visit Cobham/Extra's official website|
This is the Extra service area on the M25. For the service station on the A2, see Services on the A2.
The M25's much-needed fourth service area finally opened in September 2012, bringing brand-spanking new and absolutely huge facilities to the south-western corner of the London Orbital.
Catering: Auntie Anne's, Carvery Express, Chozen Noodle, El Mexicana, Greggs, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, McDonald's, Mint Leaves, Papa John's Pizza, Starbucks, Tossed, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Nescafé 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, Revolution Self Service Launderette, Showers Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, PG Tips 2Go, Air1 AdBlue, Coach Toilet Drop
First three hours free for all vehicles, after which you must pay £25 per 24 hour period. Parking tickets can be bought from machines in the car park.
Trivia and History
A Coach Toilet Drop facility was added to the Shell garage, free for coaches with 25 or more passengers.
At night, the coach park officially doubles-up as an overflow lorry park (this tends to happen at most services against their will, but Cobham is currently the only one to embrace this).
On the evening of Sunday 21 February 2016, the services were forced to close following an anticipated small car meet going viral on social media. Over 3000 people descended on the services causing major tailbacks on the M25 and forcing the car park to near maximum capacity - details
Planning and Opening
During the same week, Beaconsfield services on the M40 were granted planning permission. Cobham was built on the New Barn Farm site.
Upon granting the permission, John Prescott said there was a "a clear and compelling need". Despite this, it was very controversial, especially as the site was built on green belt land. The services themselves are built to the south of the motorway, with an underpass allowing eastbound traffic to access them.
An 'Opening Ceremony' was held on Saturday 6th October 2012 to mark the opening of Cobham - details.
When the plans for the services first went public, the services were going to include an LP4 restaurant and an Etap Hotel but these were replaced by Welcome Break's Eat In and Days Inn respectively. The former Eat In outlet was the last Eat In outlet to close on the motorway network in June 2015. It was replaced by Harry Ramsden's, Papa John's Pizza and Tossed outlets which all opened on 7 July 2015. The Harry Ramsden's and Papa John's unit closed in January 2017, leaving only Tossed. The Costa Express machine and Krispy Kreme counter are also run by Welcome Break and are found in this area. The Starbucks outlet, which is the largest in Europe, is also operated by Welcome Break.
The Greggs outlet and the M&S Simply Food store are run by Moto. This was the first time one operator's own creation has been introduced to a rival service station. Moto are also due to open a West Cornwall Pasty Co take-away here soon.
The services used be the only services to offer both Starbucks on the Go as well as Costa Express machines, both under one roof.
The services consist of one very large amenity building and an equally large petrol station. The amenity building (signposted as a food court) is similar to most Extra services in that it has the main units spread out around a central atrium, with toilets at the back. The hotel is then built-in at the side. A number of temporary-style units are placed in the middle, amongst the seating.
In 2015 the services were rated 5 stars by Visit England.
In 2013 and 2014 the services won a platinum loo award.
|Clacket Lane (22 miles)|
Pease Pottage (M23 south, 39 miles)
|Services on the M25||
South Mimms (42 miles)|
Toddington (M1 north, 51 miles)
Beaconsfield (M40 north, 26 miles)
Heston (M4 east, 21 miles)
Reading (M4 west, 42 miles)
Fleet (M3 south, 23 miles)
Ripley (A3 south, 5 miles)
|none on M25|
Beaconsfield (M40 north, 26 miles)
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