|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M4 between J14 and J15|
Membury Motorway Services Area
(map and directions)
|Telephone number:||01488 674360|
|Signposted from the road?||As Starbucks/KFC/Waitrose|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.|
|Visit Membury/Welcome Break's official website|
Well-landscaped if not slightly old-fashioned service area, now furnished with the usual brands.
Restaurants: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's (southbound only), KFC, Starbucks, Starbucks Drive Thru, Subway(northbound only), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Fone Bitz, Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Regus Express (eastbound only), Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Days Inn[book rooms] Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11 and HGVs £18.50, or £21 to include a food voucher.
Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
Membury is built on the site of the old RAF Membury airfield. There is a tribute to those who served there in World War II. Within the services is a mural painted by David Fisher, who was recruited by Forte to paint one for most of their services.
The fuel forecourt is not owned by Welcome Break but is actually a BP corporate site, under the BP Connect brand, suggesting that Membury is one of the Highways Agency owned sites. The eastbound petrol station has an unusual layout whereby refuelling vehicles face what appears to be the wrong way. Not particularly remarkable, but slightly odd.
The distinctive building design with its high roof and open views was noted upon opening for being very noisy and exposed.
The services can be identified by the large transmitting signal situated next to it.
Ross originally wanted the services to be a replica of their first site at Leicester Forest East, however they couldn't afford to manage the traffic on the M4 whilst the bridge was being built. Even so, remnants of the idea can still be seen: both sides have a restaurant on a second floor which is accessed from a staircase, with the option of eating outdoors on a terrace. Moving the restaurant upstairs creates a rare bit of space in the rest of the services.
Forte wanted to build a tie rack, dry goods shop and shirt shop. Instead the services gained a garden centre, unique to the motorway network.
The services have an extra building which used to be a Happy Eater, later a Little Chef and then a Red Hen. It closed with the demise of Red Hen, the westbound side is now a training centre, while the eastbound side was unchanged and appeared to contain a lot of the original furniture until 2012/2013 when a Starbucks Drive Thru/Regus Express meeting room took over the building.
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the westbound services as 4 stars and the eastbound side as 3 stars.
In 2007, the westbound services won a four-star loo award. The eastbound side won a three-star loo award.
In 2006, the services won a four star loo award.
Also in 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services at 3/5.
|Chieveley (11 miles)||Services on the M4||Leigh Delamere (29 miles)|
|none nearby||Welcome Break services||
none nearby on M4|
Michaelwood (M5 north, 56 miles)
Gordano (M5 south, 56 miles)
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