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Locations:13 MSAs
Predecessors:Mobil, Total

Esso is the brand used by ExxonMobil in the UK for forecourt fuel sales. Both Esso and Mobil brands were used in the UK before their merger.

Esso filling stations allow customers to gain Tesco Clubcard points when they fill up with fuel or purchase a shop item.

Taverna / Mobil

In the early 1960s, Esso had refused to become the operator of any motorway service areas. They then put in a surprise ambitious bid for Heston, which was rejected on the assumption they weren't really interested.

Esso went on to operate several whole motorway service areas under the name Taverna, gaining their first one by chance. Mobil (pre-merger) had MSAs under the Mobil brand too.

On The Run and Snack & Shop

Like the major forecourt operators, Esso owned and operated several filling stations, which were all sold off in the autumn of 2015. These 450 stations were operated under the name ROC. They were sold to Euro Garages, MRH and Rontec who have changed the branding of the stores to Spar, Hursts and Shop 'n Drive respectively. The stores were previously branded as either On the Run or Snack and Shop. On the Run, which was the branding for the larger stores, usually included a Costa and a seating area, and Snack and Shop was the branding for the smaller stores, and each store was essentially a kiosk which sold a few necessities and Coffee Nation, later Costa Express coffee.


Esso operate at some Moto, Roadchef and Westmorland services. They are:

A-road Services

Former Locations

Please note that these lists are incomplete and focus largely on the a-roads already covered on this site.

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