|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?||As McDonald's/Costa|
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, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
southbound only: The Cornish Bakery (seasonal opening) Shops: Cotton Traders, Fone Bitz, WHSmith
northbound only: Cheekies, Spar
southbound only: Leaf Gifts Main Amenities: Game On, Jackpot £500, Showers
northbound only: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Regus Express, UK TruckClean TruckWash
southbound only: Picnic Tables Motel:
northbound only: Days Inn - southbound access to motel via bridge Forecourt:
northbound only: Texaco, Star Market, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
southbound only: 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 a good mile apart. Originally the services were built just like any other, if a little close to M5 J8. However, the original setup has been removed completely, as explained in its history.
The northbound site has an air ambulance base which was built in 1998.
The southbound filling station is operated by BP.
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 Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.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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