Taunton Deane services
A large but crammed service area on the M5 which can get very busy during holiday periods. The larger southbound side has more facilities and longer opening hours.
Catering: Carte D'Or (seasonal opening), The Cornish Bakery (seasonal opening), Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Costa Drive Thru
southbound only: Chozen Noodle, Fresh Food Café Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Electric Vehicle Charging Point (Ecotricity), Jackpot £500, Showers, UK Truck Clean Truck Wash Motel: Days Inn (southbound only) Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £26, or £28 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5270 (northbound) and 5271 (southbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.
Taunton Dean Motorway Services
Taunton Deane Motorway Services Area
- Telephone number: 01823 271111
- Grid reference: ST195203
Operators (Official Websites):
Trivia and History
A search for services near Taunton considered sites at Shoreditch, Kibbear, Fulwood, Canons Grove and Cutsey. It was described as a "pleasant site in the flat bottom of valley with an excellent view of The Wellington monument."
Initially Cutsey wasn't considered, but on a second review it was decided it was the lest harmful place for it, so the services were built here. The name Cutsey was used until opening.
The southbound building opened in 1976. Northbound customers had to cross the road using the long footbridge, although temporary facilities were sometimes available. In 1989 a northbound building was built next to the pathway, meaning it only has one entrance.
In 1989 a motel was built on the southbound side. One was later planned on the northbound side but this never happened.
The services used to provide Coffee Republic rather than Costa Coffee.
The northbound McDonald's here was the first motorway McDonald's to include 'self service' order points. The small amenity building needs help handling the holiday flows, and a large additional Costa has been provided in a separate building to support it.
During late 2018, a planning application was accepted by Taunton Deane Borough Council for the extension of the southbound amenity building. Works include space for new units such as a Spar store and other catering units. During the refurbishment, a temporary structure was erected to serve as a seating area. Roadchef later purchased the structure from their contractor, and continued to use it as an overflow dining area.
A Costa Drive Thru opened on the southbound side in 2019 with its northbound counterpart joining in early 2020.
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