Motorway Services Online


Locations:29 MSA sites
Associated names:Burger King
Predecessors:Wimpy, Entrempts, The Burger Company, Restbite
Successors:Wimpy, Burger King
Opening hours:Open 24 hours unless stated
Facebook Page
Twitter: @McDonalds

McDonald's is possibly the world's most famous fast food brand, but until recently it was almost impossible to find on the motorway network. For a while they were signposted as the operators of Cullompton and Blackburn, but those services have always been owned by Extra.

This is because until recently McDonald's were very difficult to negotiate a franchise arrangement with. A recent agreement saw McDonald's slowly rolled out across Roadchef services.

They have removed their name from the road signs, instead signposting themselves as 'McDonald's Costa', creating a similar set up to what is now used at Blackburn and Cullompton. Roadchef announced in September 2012 that over the next few years they hope to role out McDonalds to all their sites, replacing The Burger Company. This is due to be completed by summer 2016.

When the first McDonald's at a Welcome Break opened in 1995, they said that they were going to build one at all 26 of their sites. This process was stopped after just two because Welcome Break were bought by Granada who insisted that every one of their services had a Burger King. Today, Welcome Break and Granada have split and whilst the two McDonald's still remain, no more have been built at Welcome Breaks and instead KFC has been rolled out.

Most a-road McDonald's branches have drive thrus.


McDonalds operate at some Welcome Break, Roadchef and Extra motorway services. They are:

A-road Services

Irish Locations

Former Locations