|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M5 between J7 and J8|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Address:||Roadchef Motorways Ltd|
Strensham M5 Service Area
|Telephone number:||01684 293004 (northbound) 01984 290577 (southbound)|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
1994 (new northbound)
2005 (new southbound)
|Previous operators:||Kenning Motor Group, Take A Break|
|Grid reference:||SO893407 (northbound)|
|Services type:||Two sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.|
|Visit Strensham/Roadchef's official website|
Compared to other services on the road, Strensham sees less of a seasonal spike and is just busy all year round - good job all the old parts are gone and buried and two newer buildings are doing the job instead. Honestly, you should have seen what was there before.
Catering: Chozen Noodle (seasonal opening), Costa, Costa Drive Thru, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, The Cornish Bakery (seasonal opening), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Cotton Traders, Fone Bitz, Spar, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Regus Express, Showers, UK TruckClean TruckWash Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: Texaco, Star Market, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Typhoo
Catering: Chozen Noodle (seasonal opening), Costa, Fresh Food Café, Leon, McDonald's, The Cornish Bakery (seasonal opening), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Cotton Traders, Fone Bitz, WHSmith Main Amenities: Game On, Jackpot £500, Picnic Tables, Showers Motel: none Forecourt: BP (with: AdBlue Containers), BP Connect, Wild Bean Café
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £27, or £29 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5261 (northbound) and 5262 (southbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
Full details: History:Strensham
The two sides of the services are about a mile apart. Originally the services were built just like any other, if a little close to M5 J8. However, the original set-up has been removed completely, as explained in its history.
The northbound site has an air ambulance base which was built in 1998.
A Leon opened on the southbound side in early August 2017.
Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.
In 2015, both sides of the services were rated 3 stars by Visit England.
In May 2012, Visit England rated the northbound services as 4 stars and southbound as 3 stars.
This was reversed in August 2011, where they rated the southbound services as 4 stars (commenting on its choice of seating) and the northbound side as 3 stars (commenting on its ease of use by businesses).
In 1996 and again in 1997, Take a Break won the services first place in the Tea Council's Best Tea In Britain awards.
In 1991, a Which? survey told motorists to avoid the services because of its drab restaurant, small car parks and poor toilets.
In 1977 Egon Ronay rated the restaurant as "acceptable" and the café as "poor". One meal he highlighted was a soup which came "straight from the packet" and was still "carelessly cooked".
| Frankley (29 miles)|
Hopwood Park (M42, 31 miles)
|Services on the M5||
Gloucester (18 miles)|
Ross Spur (A40, 22 miles)
|Stafford (South) (M6 south, 63 miles)||Roadchef services||
Sedgemoor (South) (M5 south, 69 miles)|
Magor (M4 west, 56 miles)
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