Annandale Water services
Sitting on the main route between Carlisle and Glasgow is this site built around a lake. Despite its deliberately rustic appearance, inside it offers the usual franchises.
Catering: Costa, The Breakfast Kitchen, McDonald's, The Cornish Bakery, Chozen Noodle, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Game On, Nature Trail, Showers Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £24, or £26 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details, in the shop or in the restaurant. The location code is 5272.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
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Trivia and History
The filling station is operated by BP Express.
During spring 2018, the filling station was redeveloped by BP Express introducing a M&S Simply Food store to the site.
The location for a service area was obvious, as the nearby settlement of Johnstonebridge (which is served by this junction) was dependent on passing trade from the A74. This included two Little Chefs, which all closed when the new motorway opened in 1996 and the through traffic was lost.
Blue Boar design
This is one of three services to be built by Blue Boar - the company that built Watford Gap. When Roadchef took it on they didn't bulldoze it, but went on to preserve many of its features for many years.
Blue Boar put a heavy emphasis on the local appeal of services, using 'Annandale Water' and 'Annandale Lodge' around the site much more than their own name. An official opening ceremony was held on 5 April 1995, attended by the Earl of Annandale.
The building consists of a combined amenity building and hotel, from the front looking very old-fashioned, but that allows for large windows around the purpose-built lake at the back.
The toilets, situated at the front, have separate entrances and exits and staggered doorways, to allow for high flows. Inconsistent refurbishments have left several different styles of corporate branding visible together. Roadchef began work on large refurbishment to the toilet facilities on 11th December 2017.
The lake for which Annandale is known was dug by the Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division, sponsored by Texaco and Blue Boar.
In 2014 as part of their standard refurbishment, Roadchef changed the restaurant to a McDonald's and relocated the Costa to the back, taking away some of the charm although undoubtedly forming a commercial success. The new restaurant was then relegated to the former Wimpy area.
Roadchef removed lots of Blue Boar's branding during the refurbishment, including the Annandale Water logo above the doorway and the seating area. The logo is still etched into the windows around the coffee terrace at the back.
Roadchef also pasted their logo on all of Blue Boar's exterior signage, including a sign which still advertises the former Waterside Restaurant.
During spring 2018, Roadchef redeveloped the main amenity building here and improved their brand offerings. As part of these works, the Costa café was refurbished and moved to allow the seating area to have a view of the lake to the rear of the building. The McDonald's restaurant was also refurbished and gained the 'Experience of the Future' treatment which includes gaining self service order points and table service. The former Hot Food Co. restaurant was removed and replaced with Roadchef's newest own-brand Fresh Food Café under a new concept called 'The Breakfast Kitchen' where the outlet is shared with Chozen Noodle and operates as each brand at the respective times of the day serving relevant products. The UK's most northerly and the first Scottish The Cornish Bakery internal store was also introduced here. A Changing Places room was also installed.
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