Welcome Break
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
Previous operators:Mobil??
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

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.



Main Amenities: Picnic Area, Welcome Break Gaming, Meeting Room, Showers, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Restaurants: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Tossed (southbound only), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, Fone Bitz (southbound only), Waitrose
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms: north south]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks Drive Thru (southbound only)

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11.

Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, 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 Starbucks gained a Drive Thru on 20 December 2013. This is one of 4 Welcome Break sites with a Starbucks Drive Thru. For a fairly new service station the exit slips are surprisingly short.

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.

Harry Ramsden's opened here on the northbound side on 12 March 2015 with Subway opening on the northbound side a day later on 13 March 2015. Harry Ramsden's, Subway and Tossed also opened on the southbound side on 19 March 2015. All of these outlets are replacing the former Eat In/Papa John's Pizza combination outlets on both sides.

Survey Results

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


none on M40
Hopwood Park (M42 west, 22 miles)
Tamworth (M42 north, 35 miles)
Hilton Park (M6 north, 45)
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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