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Welcome Break
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsKeele services
Road:M6 between J15 and J16

Address:Trusthouse Forte Welcome Break
Keele Motorway Services Area
Three Mile Lane
Telephone number:01782 626221
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SJ806440
Services type:Single site built upon the motorway.
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One of the oldest services, Welcome Break have refurbished Keele many times. The fast food is located on the bridge.


Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Starbucks Drive Thru, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea Shops: Fone Bitz, Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming, Tesla Supercharger (southbound only) Motel: None Forecourt: Shell, Texaco, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Autogas LPG (southbound only)

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £5 for up to 12 hours or £12 for up to 24 hours. HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £25 for up to 24 hours, or £27 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 Design

Keele services.
Keele in the 1970s.

Full details: History:Keele

As you approach the services southbound, there is a sign in the central reservation for the services. It's thought that this is original to the opening of this part of the M6, and Keele is the only services to still have one of these.

At night, lorries are unofficially allowed to park at the back of the car park as there is a severe shortage of space.

Survey Results

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 Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, a Transport Focus survey calculated northbound customers were 87% satisfied and southbound customers were 82% satisfied.

In 2015, VisitEngland rated the northbound services as 3 star, and the southbound side as 4 star. In May 2012 and August 2011, both sides received a 3-star rating.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2006 and again in 2007, the services won a five-star loo award. The petrol station was rated four-star.

Also in 2006, the services were rated 2/5 by Holiday Which?

The 1991 Which? survey rated the services "average".

In 1985, Keele won best motorway tea in the Tea Council and Milk Marketing Board's competition.

In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "appalling", commenting on the deserted restaurants by saying the public had "wisely fixed their own boycott". As well as complaining about the frozen food and the "lackadaisical and ignorant" staff, he complained about its "very dated style and approach", the noisy pin ball machines, and the "sleazy" café whose whole atmosphere "is really only conducive to indigestion".


Stafford (North) (M6 northbound, 10 miles)
Stafford (South) (M6 southbound, 11 miles)
Derby and Burton (A50, 33 miles)
Services on the M6 Sandbach (15 miles)
Crewe (6 miles)
Derby and Burton (A50, 45 miles)
Corley (60 miles)
Hopwood Park (M42, 56 miles)
Telford (M54, 43 miles)
Derby South (A50, 42 miles)
Welcome Break services Charnock Richard (53 miles)
Burtonwood (M62 west, 40 miles)
Derby South (A50, 53 miles)

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