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Welcome Break
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Road:M40 between J12 and J13

Address:Welcome Break Ltd
Warwick Services M40
Banbury Road
CV35 0AA
Telephone number:01926 650168 (northbound) 01926 652080 (southbound)
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SP339579
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.
Visit Warwick Northbound/Welcome Break's official website
Visit Warwick Southbound/Welcome Break's Official Website
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This is the Welcome Break service area on the M40. For the smaller services on the A46, see Warwick North.

The southbound services come with a large amount of open space around the side. It's generally a pretty tidy and popular service area, however the parking areas are a little small and often fill up.


Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Yorkshire Tea
southbound only: Starbucks Drive Thru, Tossed
Shops: Waitrose, WHSmith
southbound only: Fone Bitz
Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Picnic Area, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming
northbound only: Meeting Room
Motel: Days Innbook north | book south Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £26, or £28 to include a £9 meal voucher.

Prices can be paid in the shop, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.


The former Coffee Primo lounge, built as a Little Chef.

The northbound Days Inn hotel was closed for a few months in 2007 after the ground floor flooded.

The southbound services gained a new Starbucks Drive Thru on 20 December 2013.

In 2000 a swan made of quartz chips was put in place in at the entrance to the southbound services, with a flowerbed reading 'Welcome to Warwick'. The swan was based on (but different to that of) the old Welcome Break logo, although it hasn't been seen for quite a few years.


The services originally consisted of two competing plans: one by the Department for Transport and the other by Mobil. Mobil would have included a vehicular bridge at the services, while the DfT considered building a footbridge and later dropped it.

The revised plan which was eventually built was a joint partnership between Mobil and Welcome Break. It was known as 'Barn Hill'.

When it opened, advertised facilities were The Granary food court, La Baguette, food hall, news stand, gelleria, sweet shop, Customer Services, Forte Travelodge.

For a fairly new service station the exit slips are surprisingly short.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In 2015 Visit England rated the northbound services as 3 stars, and southbound as 4 stars.

In May 2012 and August 2011 the services were rated as 3 stars by Visit England, who said it had the best toilets.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2006 and again in 2007, the northbound services won a five star loo award and the southbound services won a four star one.

Also in 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services as a 3/5.

In 2001, the services were rated "acceptable" in an AA survey.


none on M40
Hopwood Park (M42 west, 22 miles)
Tamworth (M42 north, 35 miles)
Hilton Park (M6 north, 45 miles)
Corley (M6 south, 26 miles)
Telford (M54, 53 miles)
Norton Canes (M6 Toll, 47 miles)
Services on the M40 Cherwell Valley (23 miles)
Hopwood Park (M42 west, 22 miles)
Corley (M6 south, 26 miles)
Telford (M54, 53 miles)
Welcome Break services Oxford (M40, 53 miles)
Peartree (A34, 35 miles)

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