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Exeter services

Facilities | Rating | ReviewsExeter services
Road:M5 at J30
(also accessible to traffic on the A376 and the A379)

Address:Moto Hospitality Ltd
Exeter Motorway Services Area
Sidmouth Road
Telephone number:01392 436266
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SX967918 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
Visit Exeter/Moto's official website

The last services on the M5 (located just before the road splits into two routes across Devon), Exeter sits in an industrial estate and is connected to the local cycle network.

It is an important part of the 'staycation' experience - mainly because whenever the holiday season comes around, this place turns manically busy.


Catering: Arlo's, Bar & Grill, Burger King, Chow, Costa, Greggs, Kelly's of Cornwall Ice Cream Parlour, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Ladbrokes, M&S Simply Food, WHSmith, Prima Leisure Accessories Main Amenities: Changing Places, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £25.50. HGVs can pay £27 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2436.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia and History

Exeter services restaurant.
The restaurant area in 2016.

Full details: History:Exeter

Firstly, Exeter is the most southern motorway service station in the UK.

The service area is very short on space. The amenity building and car park both have a huge increase in custom during the summer holidays. There is a particularly high demand for advertisements here, usually showcasing various Devon attractions.

There is still a grass bank which can be used for walking dogs.

2017 Redevelopment

Moto are in the process of redeveloping the interior here. As part of this, the EDC was removed and replaced by Chow and Arlo's, with refurbished Costa and West Cornwall Pasty Company outlets. The toilets area was also refurbished, along with the addition of a Changing Places. The entrance is also being moved to a new extension, built on top of the old Costa outdoor seating area.

Survey Results

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 Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 84% satisfaction score for the services.

In 2015, the services were rated 3 stars by VisitEngland.

In May 2012 and August 2011 VisitEngland rated the services as 4 stars and liked its environmental credentials.

In 2006 the services were graded 4/5 by Holiday Which?.

Also in 2006, the services won a four star loo award. In 2005 it was five stars.

In 2000, an AA survey rated the services as "poor".

In 1991, a Which? survey rated the services as "average".

A 1978 government review described the services as "the best" - but it hadn't been open long at the time!

The temporary café was visited by Egon Ronay in 1977, who described it as "appalling". He particularly didn't like the chicken flavoured soup served which he said was served in a "cardboard cup with more flavour than it".


Cullompton (12 miles) Services on the M5 none on M5
Kennford (A38 northbound, 8 miles)
Whiddon Down (A30, 20 miles)
Tiverton (16 miles)
Bridgwater (38 miles)
Moto services none

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