Symonds Yat services
|Road:||A40 between Monmouth and Ross|
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|Address:||Symonds Yat Services|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||First, Roadchef, High Noon Stores|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions.|
Two sites located on the A40 with a vast history of operators between the two of them.
MFG operate the eastbound filling station
Quickbreak Services operate the westbound filling station
Overnight parking is currently available on the eastbound side. First two hours free for vehicles, after which all vehicles must pay £10 for up to 24 hours.
The eastbound side is a truckstop acquired by First in 2006, who claimed they had made a success of it and wanted to take over several more.
In 2011, First were taken over by Roadchef, who commented on it being their first a-road site by saying they would have a play with it and keep it if it made money. They changed the forecourt from BP to Murco, retaining the First shop branding but added a Costa unit.
Roadchef sold the services to High Noon Stores, who changed the Costa unit to an unbranded coffee bar and café and opened a Spar store.
MFG purchased it in March 2017 after High Noon Stores went into administration and are soon going to rebrand the site. A Londis store has replaced the former Spar store and a Costa outlet is planned to open in the Route 40 Cafe. The fuel supply will change from Murco to Shell.
The westbound side was previously branded Total and is currently for sale.
As of summer 2017, evidence of First's ownership is still visible within the eastbound amenity building as the toilets and games arcade signage is still being displayed in First's distinctive green and red colours.
In May 2015, the Forecourt Trader Shop Doctor visited the eastbound services and gave it a 2.5 star rating, praising the size of the site but criticising the fact that it was quite dull.
In the 2010 Loo of the Year Awards, the eastbound truckstop came top in the English roadside restaurants category.
|Ross Spur (8 miles)||Services on the A40||Monmouth (9 miles)|