|Eat & Drink Co.|
|Locations:||13 Moto sites|
|Associated names:||Caffe Ritazza|
|Predecessors:||The Fork in the Road, Fresh Express, Granada Country Kitchen Restaurant|
|Successors:||Arlo's, Ernie's Fish and Chips, Greggs, Harvester, M&S Simply Food|
Eat & Drink Co. is Moto's self-branded alternative put forward for people who didn't want fast food. It was re-branded in 2008 from Fresh Express, and like all its predecessors it claims to go without the typical service station scenarios of low-quality food.
Both EDC and the old Fresh Express offer a 'No Quibble Guarantee', and offer 'pick and mix' facilities for children.
Since 2013, Moto have been slowly phasing out EDC in favour of a number of new efforts, or to make way for Greggs and M&S Simply Food store expansions. The majority of EDC's trade continues to be breakfast sales, and the quieter restaurants now close entirely after 14:00.
Under the Granada days, Fresh Express was very poorly ranked for its food quality, with critics calling for it to be investigated "as a matter of urgency". Granada responded to the criticism by arguing restrictions on their industry prevented them from investing in their catering.
Prior to Fresh Express, they used the less generic Granada Country Kitchen Restaurant.
LocationsEat & Drink Co. operate at most Moto service stations. They are:
- Birch (M62) (westbound only)
- Cherwell Valley (M40/A43)
- Exeter (M5)
- Hilton Park (M6) (northbound only)
- Knutsford (M6)
- Leigh Delamere (M4) (eastbound only)
- Reading (M4) (eastbound only) - with Lavazza Coffee
- Southwaite (M6) (southbound only)
- Stafford (North) (M6) (northbound only)
- Tamworth (M42/A5)
- Thurrock (M25/A13/A282)
- Wetherby (A1(M))
- Leeming Bar (A1) - uses EDC menu but not branding
- Birch (M62) (eastbound only)
- Blyth (A1(M)/A1)
- Bridgwater (M5)
- Burton-in-Kendal (M6) (northbound only)
- Chieveley (M4/A34)
- Doncaster (North) (M18/M180)
- Donington Park (M1/A42/A50)
- Dover Port (A20)
- Ferrybridge (M62/A1)
- Frankley (M5)
- Grantham North (A1)
- Heston (M4) (westbound only)
- Hilton Park (M6) (southbound only)
- Kinross (M90)
- Lancaster (M6) (northbound only)
- Leigh Delamere (M4) (westbound only)
- Pease Pottage (M23/A23)
- Southwaite (M6) (northbound only)
- Stirling (M9/M80)
- Trowell (M1)
- Washington (A1(M))
- Winchester (M3)
- Woolley Edge (M1) (northbound only)
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