A new site reopened by Euro Garages, with a completely different take on the former Little Chef which previously occupied the site.
COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 28 February 2021, with changes caused by COVID-19.
Catering: Burger King Drive Thru (northbound only), Greggs, Starbucks on the Go Shops: Spar Main Amenities: Free Cash Machines, Showers Hotel: Temporarily closed Forecourt: Esso, AdBlue4You
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 for up to 24 hours and HGVs, coaches and commercial vehicles must pay £14.99, or £19.99 to include a meal voucher.
Prices are paid in the shop. The fees are strictly enforced by Parking Eye.
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Granada Hospitality Ltd
Monmouth Service Area
Trivia and History
The service area was built by Lowthers in 1966. It was taken over by Granada Motorway Services, who were keen to expand away from motorways, in February 1986. It was one of their first attempts to taste the market away from the motorway network, and an easy way they could buy their way into the market. Welcome Break, another motorway operator, had just taken on a site up the road at Ross Spur.
Granada (and all the facilities here) generally promoted it as Monmouth, even if it was well known locally as Raglan service station, which was probably its official title upon opening.
There were originally a pair of lay-bys provided where the service area now is; the lay-bys weren't removed until 2003.
The forecourt was branded Fina, later Total.
In 2000, there was a plan to build another stand-alone restaurant in the car park. The proposal didn't seem to be thought out in detail, but could have held a combination of retail and takeaway food, probably under the Fresh Express name.
Granada became Compass, who treated the motorway services and Little Chef as separate divisions. Monmouth was classed as a Little Chef, and Little Chef became responsible for the whole service area. It was probably their most complicated branch.
As Little Chef were sold on, they increasingly struggled to invest in Monmouth. The buildings started to look dilapidated, especially after the Burger King closed which left bare spaces on the signage.
The Little Chef and Total filling station closed here on 24 September 2012, leaving only the Travelodge on the eastbound side. In summer 2013, that Travelodge closed, meaning that as of summer 2013, Monmouth services were left completely derelict.
In September 2013, Euro Garages took over the whole service area. They held on to it until April 2015, when they demolished the old buildings and replaced them with a new building housing a Starbucks, Subway and Greggs, looking very similar to Rivington.
The eastbound services opened on 16 March 2016 and the south-westbound building opened on 21 May 2016. The former Travelodge reopened in August 2017, having undergone refurbishment and with new 'Raglan Lodge' branding.
A ‘Players Lounge’ games arcade initially opened within both amenity buildings however during early 2017, the westbound side lost its gambling licence and was temporarily closed. Both sides have now been re-branded as 'Jackpot Lounge'.
|Daff-Y-Nant (westbound, 9 miles)|
Symonds Yat (eastbound, 9 miles)
|Services on the A40||road becomes A449|
Cardiff Gate (M4 west, 32 miles)
Magor (M4 east, 24 miles)
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