Sedgemoor (South) services
|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M5 southbound between J21 and J22|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Address:||Roadchef Motorways Ltd|
Brent Knoll Picnic Area
|Telephone number:||01934 750888|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Opened:||1970s (rest area)|
|Previous operators:||Department for Transport|
|Previous names:||Brent Knoll|
|Services type:||Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.|
|Visit Sedgemoor (South)/Roadchef's official website|
Roadchef's half of the split services, for southbound traffic. The service area is a bit more modern than its northbound counterpart, and it's bigger too.
Catering: Carte D'Or, Chozen Noodle, Costa, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, The Cornish Bakery (seasonal opening), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Typhoo Shops: Fone Bitz, Spar, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Picnic Area, Showers Motel: none Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £22, or £24 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5268.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
Struggling to strike a balance between not opening enough services for traffic to rest, and opening up so many services they would struggle to make any money, the Department for Transport suggested a car park and toilets only be built at Brent Knoll.
To combat problems with crime, Roadchef (the owners of the next services south, Taunton Deane) were invited to set up a small catering facility and seating area on the southbound side, which later became the full Sedgemoor service area that's here today.
Chester is the only other service area to have been developed this way. Today, the idea of rest areas is being strongly considered and they may well become a common sight on the motorway.
The filling station is operated by Shell.
During late 2015 and early 2016, a large extension was built to near enough double the size of the amenity building. The Costa café was refurbished and reopened in early January 2016 with a McDonald's restaurant opening in late January 2016. Chozen Noodle and Fresh Food Café opened in late March 2016.
A Spar store opened in June 2016 with the WHSmith store also having been refurbished. During the building work, a temporary seating area was placed at the front of the former entrance to the services in the form of a gazebo tent.
Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.
In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 93% satisfaction score for the services.
In 2015, May 2012 and August 2011, VisitEngland rated the services as 3 stars.
In 2010 the Somerset Visitor Centre at the services was chosen as the ninth-best by VisitEngland, and they were noted for their environmentally-friendliness and promotion of sustainable tourism.
In 2006, the services were given a 4 out of 5 by Holiday Which?
In 1991, a Which? survey recommended the services.
|Gordano (19 miles)||Services on the M5||Bridgwater (13 miles)|
|Magor (M4 west, 35 miles)||Roadchef services||Taunton Deane (24 miles)|
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