The newest addition on the A30 just past Bodmin; this site is a large complex aiming to capitalise on the high seasonal traffic flow here which, until now, would have had no full-size facilities since Exeter.
Catering: Cornish Pizza Kitchen, Costa, Greggs, McDonald's, Rowe's Cornish Bakers, Subway, Costa Express, Costa Drive Thru Shops: Co-op Food, Mango Surfing, Salt Rock, Teddy Freddy's Barber Hut, WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Children's Soft Play Area (Indoor Active), Picnic Area, Players Lounge, Revolution Self Service Launderette, Showers, HGV Covid-19 Test Centre Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Charging Points: Ecotricity 50kW CCS & CHAdeMO & 43kW Type 2 Forecourt: BP, Londis, Costa Express, Rollover, Air1 AdBlue, LPG (FloGas)
Cars can park for free for the first 4 hours. For up to 6 hours parking a £6 charge applies; £8 for up to 12 hours parking and £10 for up to 24 hours parking.
HGVs, coaches, campervans and caravans can park for free for the first 2 hours. For up to 24 hours parking an £18 charge applies.
Hotel guests must give their vehicle registration number at reception to receive free parking during their stay.
Prices can be paid for in the shop in the main building or by using the pay machines located in each car park. These fees are strictly enforced by Smart Parking.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Cornish Gateway Services
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Trivia and History
Planning and Opening
After the A30 bypass of Victoria was built in the early 2000s, a Little Chef and petrol station in the town (known as 'Mid Cornwall services') received a significant drop in trade. To make up for it, a large service area was proposed at the junction with the new road.
This isn't the first time that this area had been earmarked for a new service area. In 1976, plans for a caravan park including a filling station and hotel here were refused.
Outline plans for the current service area were put forward in 2007, with the first proposals emerging in 2011. The original layout of the site saw the entrance to the site in the north-west corner with HGV, caravan and coach parking areas the first to be met at the south end of the site. Between the HGV and caravan parking areas was the main road which continued to a roundabout at the centre of the site: to the left of the roundabout was the filling station, exit straight ahead and car parking, amenity building and hotel to the right. Within the amenity building was space allocated for 4 food and drink units, 2 retail units and a restaurant all spaced around a shared food court in the centre of the building. The shared food court also had space allocated for a pasty kiosk and on the left side of the amenity building, space had been allocated for 2 drive-thru lanes. The original plans called the site Cornish Gateway services.
The service area was officially opened on 1 July 2014, but the amenity building and BP filling station were open from 24 June. The amenity building opened with units from Costa, McDonald's, WHSmith and Subway alongside units unique to the service area such as the Cornish Kitchen restaurant, Players Lounge gaming area, Indoor Active climbing centre and indoor soft play area, Mango Surfing shop, Salt Rock shop, Sausage & Roll kiosk and Open Oven Pizza kiosk. The filling station was operated by MRH and featured a SPAR store.
The amenity building was also set to include a Burger King and is set to feature a Tourist Information Centre. The plans for the 2 drive-thru lanes was also scrapped. Upon opening, the services was renamed to Cornwall services.
Developments and Changes
Rowe's Cornish Bakers first kiosk at a service area replaced the Sausage & Roll kiosk here on 5 March 2016, timed to match St Piran's Day.
An external unit was added outside the amenity building, which opened on 8 July 2016 as a craft hut called Woody's. The external unit was later taken over by Teddy Freddy's Barber Hut who opened in October 2019.
MRH were acquired by MFG in 2018. MFG intended to rebrand the forecourt shop to Budgens in summer 2019, with 'Budgens opening soon' signs on the store for a time, but this plan was dropped in favour of a Londis.
Construction started on a Holiday Inn Express hotel in 2019, which was due to open on 29 February 2020 but was pushed back to April 2020. It was then further delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, eventually opening its doors on 4 July 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic also resulted in the closure of Cornish Kitchen, which closed permanently in March 2020. Cornwall's only Greggs store replaced it in October 2020.
A Costa Drive Thru was added at the back of the services in August 2020, adjacent to the HGV parking area.
On 3 January 2021, the Clip n' Climb section of Indoor Active was removed, being replaced by a Co-op Food store which opened on 18 March 2021.
GRIDSERVE is planning to open a large electric vehicle charging hub in late 2021.
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