|Road:||M5 southbound between J21 and J22|
|Address:||Roadchef Motorways Ltd|
Brent Knoll Picnic Area
|Telephone number:||01934 750888|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Opened:||1970s (rest area)|
|Previous operators:||Department for Transport|
|Previous names:||Brent Knoll Rest Area|
|Services type:||Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.|
|Visit Sedgemoor (South)/Roadchef's official website|
Roadchef's half of the split services, for southbound traffic. The services are a lot more modern than their northbound counterpart, and they're bigger too.
General: BT WiFi, Local Information, Picnic Area, Children's Play Area, Traffic Information
Restaurants: Restbite, The Burger Company, Costa, Pasty Presto
Shops: WHSmith (with Costa Express Krispy Kreme)
Fuel: Shell (with: Costa Express)
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £10 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £18, or £20 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5268.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Sedgemoor was originally the Brent Knoll Rest Area, which opened with the rest of the M5 and was ran by the people who ran the M5 at the time, the Department for Transport. However, it quickly became a crime hotspot so the DfT encouraged Welcome Break (the owners of the next services north, Gordano) to take over the northbound rest area and Roadchef (the owners of the next services south at the time, Taunton Deane) to take over the southbound services. Over time both operators expanded their sites and now we're left with a full service area.
Chester is the only other service area to have been developed this way. Today, the idea of rest areas is being strongly considered and they may well become a common sight on the motorway.
As an aside, the services are within a close proximity to the Brent Knoll Hill, which is why you can tell you're approaching the services long before you see signs for them.
Shell operate the filling station here.
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.
In 2010 the Somerset Visitor Centre at the services was chosen as the ninth best by Visit England, and they were noted for their environmentally-friendliness and promotion of sustainable tourism.
In 2006, the services were given a 4 out of 5 by Holiday Which?
|Gordano (19 miles)||Services on the M5||Bridgwater (13 miles)|
|Magor (M4 west, 35 miles)||Roadchef services||Taunton Deane (24 miles)|