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Gordano services

Gordano
Welcome Break
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsGordano
Road:M5 at J19
(also accessible to traffic on the A369)

MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Address:Welcome Break
Gordano Motorway Services Area
M5
Portbury
Bristol
Somerset
BS20 7XG
Telephone number:01275 373624
Signposted from the road?Yes
Opened:1973
Previous operators:Trusthouse Forte
Grid reference:ST509756
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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Popular services located off a busy junction. Like all M5 services it struggles under the summer holiday pressure, but its large building and surroundings means it is one of the better services at coping - until you try to use the roundabout.


Facilities

Catering: Baskin Robbins, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Papa John's Pizza, Starbucks, Starbucks Drive Thru, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, West Cornwall Pasty Co. Shops: Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Footpath, Meeting Room, Picnic Area, Showers, Tesla Supercharger, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £22, or £25 to include a £9 meal voucher.

Prices can be paid in the shop and forecourt, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Trivia

Some of the outdoor buildings which originally adorned the services

The Starbucks drive thru here, the first to be purpose-built, was originally going to be a KFC. There were also three Starbucks in the main building when the drive thru originally opened with one in a lower-level extension. Following the 2015 refurbishment, this became two within the main building.

The toilets at Gordano costed Welcome Break £1,000,000 to install when they were introduced in 2006. Although they are now quite old, the room still looks relatively smart. It is one of few services to have toilets with a separate exit to the entrance - which directs people towards the food court.

Location

Gordano was the second services to be built at a junction, as the government conceded that there was not enough space in the area. With a large viaduct to the north and a split-level section of motorway to the south, anything else would have required a lot of engineering. Today this junction suffers from severe congestion.

Rank were allowed to bid for the services as not much traffic was expected from that direction, but Aust were not.

Early Design

It was sometimes referred to as Portbury services.

Shortly after opening it gained a snack bar and AA shop in temporary buildings, and before long a total of eight temporary buildings, including a St John's Ambulance building, scattered around the entrance. This was severely criticised for looking untidy. Some of the buildings were never removed, and the recent addition of Baskin Robbins has seen the return of outdoor outlets.

The restaurant was carpeted with bench-type seats and a Scandinavian-style strip-wood ceiling.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 4 stars.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

The services won a five-star loo award in 2006 (the petrol station was rated four-star). These results were repeated again in 2007.

The site got top marks in Holiday Which? Magazine's survey in 2006, it was said to have "stylish toilets" and the food was "as good as a local curry house". It didn't come first though, Tebay on the M6 did.

In 2005 the services won a five star loo award.

In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor", but noted that it was "well organised" and was being extended at the time.

Alternatives

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Michaelwood (18 miles)
Magor (M4 west, 14 miles)
Leigh Delamere (M4 east, 31 miles)
Services on the M5 Sedgemoor (20 miles)
Michaelwood (18 miles)
Sarn Park (M4 west, 49 miles)
Membury (M4 east, 58 miles))
Welcome Break services Sedgemoor (North) (M5 northbound, 20 miles)

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