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Leigh Delamere

Leigh Delamere
Moto
Leigh Delamere
Road:M4 between J17 and J18
Address:Granada Hospitality Ltd
Leigh Delamere Motorway Services Area
M4
Leigh Delamere
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN14 6LB
Telephone number:01666 837691
Signposted from the road?Yes
Opened:1972
Previous operators:Taverna, Granada
Grid reference:ST890790
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.
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Two services located on the M4 near Bristol. The eastbound side is slightly larger and it has a small field by the hotel as well as a children's play area and a lot more trees.

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Facilities

Westbound

Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Picnic Tables, Regus Express, Showers
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food, Fone Bitz, Cotton Traders, Travellers
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Costa, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Eastbound

Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Picnic Tables, Showers
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food, Fone Bitz, Cotton Traders, Mr B's Barber Shop[website]
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Costa, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

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 2451 (westbound) and 2452 (eastbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia

An unsual car park layout.

The eastbound service area is thought to be ten years older than the westbound one, which explains the striking difference between the design of the two sites. When it opened, it was praised for its simple but striking building design.

Leigh Delamere used to be listed by the Highways Agency as an "approved truckstop", but no longer are.

There were once plans to rename the services to Chippenham, and beneath the westbound site lies two buried diggers. Why? Who knows!

Both sides have a Secret Exit onto Honey Knob Hill which allows access to the Travelodges on each side.

The Travelodges on either side differ slightly in price up to £4, with the westbound being the more expensive. The westbound Travelodge also includes a Multi Faith Room.

In 1986 it was noted that the weekly patronage varied from 16,000 to 129,000 during the year, and employees varied from 200 to 300. This makes it approximately four times bigger than Ferrybridge services, which was surveyed at the same time.

Shops

The wide centre of the services.

It's one of two services to offer a Barber Shop, the other being Lymm on the M6. It's quite surprising that this hasn't suffered the same fate as many other shops at Moto services. Here, T2, Thorntons, Little Chef, The Sock Shop and a Formula One shop have all gone from both sides, the latter being a huge shop which sold a small amount of Ferrari merchandise. The westbound side used to have BHS (one of only two), Birthdays and Scoop stores, and eastbound had a Web Shop and The Body Shop.

In circa 2001 a 'drive-thru' Burger King was added to the service area. Although it has since closed (presumably because it directed trade away from the main building), the set-up can still be seen on both sides.

In November 2006 the country's first service station WHSmith shop opened here, along with the eastbound M&S Simply Food store.

A few years ago the westbound unbranded restaurant and Caffè Ritazza units became Costa. Recently the eastbound Fork In The Road Restaurant (a unique take on Moto's catering) and Upper Crust became EDC and Costa respectively.

In 2011, the eastbound side gained the first ever Domino's Pizza outlet, in what was billed as the start of a full roll-out. This never happened, and the outlet was removed in January 2012.

A Regus Express Business Lounge opened here on 23rd September 2013 replacing Moto's own branded meeting room Moto Meetings. In March 2014, a Greggs outlet opened here on the westbound side.

Survey Results

In October 2012, The eastbound side was awarded the Food Beverage and Forecourt Retailer of the year!

In May 2012 and August 2011 the eastbound services were rated 4 stars by Visit England, who said it had the best family changing rooms. The westbound side was given 3 stars.

In 2006, the services were rated at 4/5 by Holiday Which?

Also in 2006, Leigh Delamere won a four star loo award. In 2005 it was five stars.

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