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Charnock Richard services

Charnock Richard
Welcome Break
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsCharnock Richard services
Road:M6 between J27 and J28

Address:Motorway Break
Charnock Richard Motorway Services Area
Park Hall Road
Charnock Richard
Telephone number:01257 791494
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SD544152 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site built upon the motorway.
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Don't be fooled by the great big block sitting above the M6; inside it is a standard service area but with fast food on the bridge.


Catering: Burger King, KFC, Harry Ramsden's, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea Shops: Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Meeting Room, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming
northbound only: Tesla Supercharger
Motel: Under Referbishment Forecourt: Shell, Texaco, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Air1 AdBlue, Autogas LPG

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £22, or £24 to include a £10 meal voucher.

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

Trivia and History

Old motorway restaurant.
The 1960s Grill & Griddle restaurant on the bridge.

Full details: History:Charnock Richard

The Starbucks and Subway here are provided in lower-level extensions, beneath the bridge staircase.

Camelot Theme Park, which has been closed since 2012, is situated next to the services and its rides are visible from it, although it is not easily accessed from here.

Charnock Richard is a classic example of an American-inspired bridge-restaurant service area; one of the oldest in the country. It was picked out of several options.

The Hotel is currently under Refurbishment to become a Ramada.

Survey Results

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 Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, a Transport Focus survey calculated a 91% satisfaction score from northbound customers and an 89% from southbound customers.

In 2015, the southbound services were rated 3 stars by VisitEngland, but the northbound side was one of few to be given a 5 star rating. It was by far the oldest building to win this title.

In May 2012 and August 2011, VisitEngland rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2008 the southbound services won a five star loo award.

In 2007, Charnock Richard won a four star loo award.

In 2006, Holiday Which? gave the services a 2 out of 5.

In 2005 and again in 2006 they won a five star loo award.

In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor". He said its standards "were not wholly low, but no high point was achieved", while the standard Forte menu relied heavily on convenience food. One particular meal - fish which may have been haddock - was "not fit for human consumption".


Lymm (23 miles)
Burtonwood (M62 west, 20 miles)
Services on the M6 Lancaster (25 miles)
Blackburn with Darwen (M65, 15 miles)
Tickled Trout (10 miles)
Keele (54 miles)
Burtonwood (M62 west, 20 miles)
Welcome Break services none nearby

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