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Beaconsfield services

Facilities | Rating | ReviewsBeaconsfield services
Road:M40 at J2
(also accessible to traffic on the A355)

Address:Beaconsfield Services
Windsor Road
Telephone number:01494 678876
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SU952890 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
Visit Beaconsfield/Extra's official website

A service area at the bottom of the M40, filling a large gap between the existing services. For a while it was the highest-rated motorway service area on this site, with an impressive four-and-a-half stars after a record-breaking number of votes (see below-right for the latest figures).


Catering: Carvery Express, Chozen Noodle, El Mexicana, Greggs, KFC, McDonald's, Mint Leaves, Nando's, Patisserie Valerie, Starbucks, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Wetherspoons, Nescafe Alegria, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Quicksilver, Regus Express, Showers Motel: Ibis Budgetbook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Pizza Hut Express, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which you must pay £30 per 24 hour period.

Trivia & History

When it opened, Beaconsfield was treated by many as the only late-night meeting point in the area, which began to cause issues. It now has a dedicated police community support officer on site for crime prevention. Extra contribute half of the cost of the officer, backed up by security guards in the evenings.


Shell garage.
The petrol station.

Beaconsfield was granted planning permission in 2005, to much controversy amongst local residents and the local media. It replaces a long-cancelled plan for a service area at Abbey Barns.

The plans claimed it would be the UK's biggest service area, with the UK's biggest petrol station. Cobham has since beaten it.

One of the biggest concerns was that traffic exiting the services would need to cross the busy A355, and the last thing M40 users would want is a spitting image of the traffic disruption at Cherwell Valley.

The services were built in a large area of woodland and were originally forecast to open in September 2008, but instead opened on the morning of 17 March 2009. An official opening event was held on the 28 May 2009.

Units and Design

There are 675 car parking spaces, 60 HGVs, 12 caravan spaces and 15 for coaches. There were suggestions that the services could feature a park-and-ride site to appease local residents, but this turned out to be false.

Around the back of the building there is a lake and a terrace. The upper floor is used by Extra as a head office, which they moved to from an address in Lincoln.

The KFC, McDonald's, WHSmith and Shell, as well as most other units here, are corporate sites. Moto operate M&S Simply Food, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co and the Krispy Kreme cabinet and Welcome Break now own the Starbucks, before it was directly owned by Starbucks.

'The Hope & Champion' Wetherspoon pub gained planning permission in June 2013. The opening of a motorway pub was a first and was controversial, but it opened on 21 January 2014.

A Nando's restaurant opened here on 13 August 2014.

Shell introduced a Pizza Hut Express offering at the filling station in early 2017, alongside a re-branding of both the Costa Express offering and a new Deli2go hot food station.

In summer 2017, Moto opened a West Cornwall Pasty Co. unit and installed a Krispy Kreme cabinet at the services.

Survey Results

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

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 97% satisfaction score for the services.

In 2015, Beaconsfield was one of six services to be rated 5 stars by VisitEngland.

In 2013 the services won a platinum loo award. Also, in 2014 Beaconsfield won the national motorway service station category in the Loo of the Year Awards.

In 2012 the services won a gold loo award.

In May 2012 and August 2011 the services were given 4 stars by VisitEngland, and it came top in the internal comforts, picnic and dog walking categories.


none on M40
Heston (M4 east, 14 miles
Pease Pottage (M23 south, 54 miles)
Cobham (M25 south, 26 miles)
South Mimms (M25 north, 25 miles)
Services on the M40 Oxford (24 miles)
none on M40
Cobham (M25 south, 26 miles)
Extra services none nearby

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