A popular but busy service station on the northbound side of the M6, with southbound traffic being sent to Roadchef's almost-as-good Stafford (South). This side of the services is well known for its large lake and garden.
Catering: Burger King, Chow, Costa, Eat & Drink Co., Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Drive Thru, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Millie's Cookies Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Field, Lucky Coin, Showers Motel: Travelodge Forecourt: BP, BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £23.50. HGVs can pay £25 to include a £10 food voucher.
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Stafford Motorway Service Area
Trivia and History
The services opened in 1996, earlier than Stafford (South), which is the only real reason for the difference between the two sides.
It is possibly the only service area to double-up a dog walking field with an overflow car park, changing between the two as necessary.
Designing and Construction
Mobil bought the site from a developer for £10m, and then worked with Granada as a joint investment. At the same time Granada put in an application to build a southbound service area at the same place, but for some reason that never materialised.
Both the northbound services and the planned southbound side were deliberately set back from the road by 67 metres to allow for the M6 to be fully widened, as has been planned several times. Space was also left for the B5026 to be re-aligned. The first plans (dated 1993) didn't account for this and were rejected as a result.
When it opened, the services trialled a new brand identity which was quickly adopted nationwide by Granada. As part of the changes, the services were one of the first to use polished wood instead of dirty carpets, stands with local information, and boasted more spacious toilets and, for a brief period, staff positioned to welcome customers and hand them ashtrays if necessary.
The new layout followed extensive research by Granada to establish what customers wanted. Despite the new branding,
One early plan, known as Cold Norton Farm, had a square amenity building in the centre of the complex, with the lake being within the motorway loops. This was later changed for the Granada plan.
When it opened, there was a Retail Store on the immediate right. This became WHSmith, and was then moved back by taking away the public telephones. This plus an extension made space for M&S Simply Food.
On the left, an office became Birthdays and then Fonebitz. It was then closed to create a new, open-plan Burger King seating area, which in turn created space for Greggs to be built at the front of the building.
The coffee bar was originally supposed to be at the side, but opened at the centre.
The forecourt was operated by Mobil until their merger with Esso. It used to have a Burger King drive thru at the side of the shop, but it closed down due to a lack of custom. Moto sold the forecourt to BP, who wasted no time in adding an M&S Simply Food and Wild Bean Café. In summer 2016, BP replaced the M&S Simply Food with a BP Connect.
During early 2018, the EDC restaurant was refurbished and reduced in size to make way for a Chow Asian Kitchen unit. As part of this refurbishment, EDC gained a refreshed look as well as a branding update.
| Stafford (South) (M6 southbound, 1 mile)|
Hilton Park (18 miles)
Norton Canes (M6 Toll, 21 miles)
|Services on the M6||Keele (11 miles)|
|Knutsford (35 miles)||Moto services||Hilton Park (18 miles)|
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