|Road:||M5 at J30|
(also accessible to traffic on the A376 and the A379)
|Address:||Moto Hospitality Ltd|
Exeter Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01392 436266|
|Signposted from the road?||As Burger King/Costa/M&S|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Exeter/Moto's official website|
The last services on the M5 (located just before the road splits into two routes across Devon), Exeter sits in an industrial estate and is connected to the local cycle network. Its location means that it can get very busy during holiday times.
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Picnic Tables, Showers
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Bar and Grill
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food, Ladbrokes
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £21, or £22.50 to include a £9 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2436.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
Exeter is the most southern motorway service station in the UK and it was the only one with ever to have a Harry Ramsden's waitress service, which was built into the hotel. The restaurant stayed here many years after all the other motorway sites had closed.
In March 2006 the services gained a M&S store, which was opened by Exeter FC manager Alex Inglethorpe. For quite a while during the 2000s the services didn't have any coffee shops, which was a rarity.
There were plans to extend the lobby area, putting a Costa stand within it.
There was once a tourist information office here in a separate building, which closed and in 1999 became Ladbrokes. Around the same time there was an ice cream kiosk operating in the car park, but it was ordered to move, replacing a picnic box. The haphazard array of extensions and facilities was noted at the time.
In 2000 there were plans for Granada 2Go to be fitted to the front of the services. Granada wanted to use the parcel of land near the entrance to set up a separate shop and car park.
In 1993 there were plans for a separate truck driver's wash room which fell through.
The services have a history of fours: in May 2012 and August 2011 Visit England rated the services as 4 stars and liked its environmental credentials.
In 2006 the services were graded 4/5 by Holiday Which?.
Also in 2006, the services won a four star loo award. In 2005 it was five stars.
|Cullompton (12 miles)||Services on the M5||
none on M5|
Kennford (A38 northbound, 8 miles)
Whiddon Down (A30, 20 miles)
|Tiverton (16 miles)|
Bridgwater (38 miles)
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