Pease Pottage services
|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M23 at J11|
(also accessible to traffic on the A23 and the A264)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Pease Pottage Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01293 562852|
|Signposted from the road?||As Burger King/Costa/M&S|
|Previous operators:||Welcome Break, Granada|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Pease Pottage/Moto's official website|
Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Picnic Tables, Showers Motel: none Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Shop, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £26.50, or £28 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2455.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
The services were built by Welcome Break, but they became Granada (now Moto)'s after the Fortes and Granada merge/diverge mess.
As the services are situated within Pease Pottage, a small village with few shops, they act as a corner shop to the residents, who can access it via a bridge over the A23 and a path round the side. This isn't actually allowed, as motorway services can't be built or designed in any way so that people will be making journeys just to visit them.
From 2002 until 2005 there were plans to build a Travelodge here.
Pease Pottage has often been regarded as the smallest service area in the UK, but the title is actually a lot more complicated as there are a number of services which may or may not count, and Pease Pottage itself was originally developed as a a-road service area. Until recently the lack of size was clear from the fact that the services had relatively few facilities, the M&S being in a new extension. It is probably true that it has the smallest footprint of any MSA, but the smallest building is Severn View.
Given its lack of size you could be forgiven for thinking the services aren't needed. For over 15 years, heading north it was 100 miles to the next services - Toddington on the M1 and Oxford on the M40. Thankfully, two new services, Cobham on the M25 and Beaconsfield on the M40, have plugged the gap, but Pease Pottage is still quite isolated.
When Fortes developed the services privately, they had hoped they would be given signs on the motorway. The Department of Transport (as-was) argued there was no need for services on the M23, but following an outcry from the otherwise genteel Forte, so they eventually offered to put some signs up as a temporary measure.
There was a sign on the M23 southbound which stated the distance to Pease Pottage, but under the name 'Moto GU221', with the 'GU221' being in a smaller font. It turned out that even the Highways Agency were completely unaware of this, but in December 2005 they found out and, after not even they knew why it was there, patched it over. Maybe it was added by someone as a joke, referring to Moto Guzzi the Italian motorcycle manufacturer?
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award. In 2005 it was five stars.
|none on M23|
Clacket Lane (M25 east, 22 miles)
Cobham (M25 west, 30 miles)
|Services on the M23||
road becomes A23|
Handcross (A23 southbound, 3 miles)
Hickstead (8 miles)
|none on M23|
Thurrock (M25 east, 43 miles)
Medway (M2 east, 51 miles)
Heston (M4 east, 49 miles)
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