Taunton Deane services
|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M5 between J25 and J26|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Address:||Taunton Dean Motorway Services|
Taunton Deane Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01823 271111|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.|
|Visit Taunton Deane/Roadchef's official website|
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: Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Typhoo
northbound only: Carte D'Or
southbound only: Chozen Noodle, Fresh Food Café, The Cornish Bakery (seasonal opening) Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Picnic Tables, Showers Motel: Days Inn (southbound only) Forecourt: Shell, Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Air1 AdBlue
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 5270 (northbound) and 5271 (southbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
The filling stations are operated by Shell.
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.
Southbound was first planned in 1969, eight years before opening. This tender was won by Ross in 1974, who pulled out shortly after winning it. It then went to tender again and was won by Roadchef.
The northbound services were built about 10 years after the southbound side. Previously northbound traffic had to cross the road using the long footbridge, although temporary facilities were sometimes available. The northbound building was built next to the pathway, meaning it only has one entrance.
It was one of three services deemed 'non-critical', which trialled only selling two brands of fuel.
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 was provided in a separate building to support it.
Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.
In 2015, both sides of the services were rated 3 stars by Visit England.
In May 2012, Visit England rated the northbound services as 2 stars and southbound as 3 stars. In August 2011, both sides received 2 stars.
In September 2008, the services were one of two places to be rated 0 stars by Taunton Deane Council's food safety team. In October they were rated again and this time the service station got two stars and the Wimpy three stars, and in December the Costa Coffee and Wimpy units were both rated five stars.
In 2006, Holiday Which? graded the services at 3/5.
In 1991, a Which? survey rated the services as "average".
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