Busy services located at a busy junction. Like all M5 services it struggles under the summer holiday pressure, but its large building and surroundings means it is one of the better services at coping - until you try to get on to the roundabout.
Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go, Starbucks Drive Thru Shops: Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Footpath, Showers, Tesla electric vehicle charging point, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Under refurbishment Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Starbucks on the Go, Krispy Kreme, Top!Blue AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £28 (or £30 to include a £10 meal voucher).
Prices can be paid in the shop and forecourt, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
Gordano Motorway Services Area
- Telephone number: 01275 373624
- Grid reference: ST509756
Trivia and History
The Starbucks drive thru here, the first to be purpose-built, was originally going to be a KFC. There were already three Starbucks in the main building when the drive thru opened with one in a lower-level extension. Following the 2015 refurbishment, this became two within the main building.
The toilets at Gordano costed Welcome Break £1,000,000 to install when they were introduced in 2006. Although they are now quite old, the room still looks relatively smart. It is one of few services to have toilets with a separate exit to the entrance - the exit directs people towards the food court.
The site got top marks in Holiday Which? Magazine's survey in 2006, it was said to have "stylish toilets" and the food was "as good as a local curry house". It didn't come first though, Tebay on the M6 did.
The former Days Inn motel on site is currently under going major refurbishment works. As part of this, a large extension is being built to include more rooms on site. The motel is set to rebrand to Ramada upon reopening.
Gordano was the second services to be built at a junction, as the government conceded that there was not enough space in the area. With a large viaduct to the north and a split-level section of motorway to the south, anything else would have required a lot of engineering. Today this junction suffers from severe congestion.
It was sometimes referred to as Portbury services.
Shortly after opening it gained a snack bar and AA shop in temporary buildings, and before long had a total of eight temporary buildings, including a St John's Ambulance building, scattered around the entrance. This was severely criticised for looking untidy. Some of the buildings were never removed, and the recent addition of Baskin Robbins has seen the return of outdoor outlets.
The restaurant was carpeted with bench-type seats and a Scandinavian-style strip-wood ceiling.
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