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Trowell services

Facilities | Rating | ReviewsTrowell services
Road:M1 between J25 and J26

Address:Moto Hospitality Ltd
Trowell Motorway Services Area
Telephone number:0115 932 0291
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SK492407 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.
Visit Trowell Northbound/Moto's official website
Visit Trowell Southbound/Moto's official website

Trowell has a history of being slated but Moto have worked hard to brighten it up a bit. The northbound and southbound sites are very different, with northbound having had an extension. The car park is very small and finding spaces can sometimes be difficult.


Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Fone Bitz, M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Showers, Multi Faith Room, &Play Gaming Lounge Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue, Greggs (northbound only), Costa (southbound only)

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £23. HGVs can pay £24.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2471 (northbound) and 2472 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Last updated January 2018.

Trivia and History

Mecca Leisure restaurant.
The Sheriff's Restaurant.

Full details: History:Trowell

Trowell services was originally awarded to Mecca Leisure who had a very unique styling. Granada extended it, but Moto reduced the number of brand partners.

During early 2017, the southbound EDC restaurant was removed to make way for a M&S Simply Food store which opened on March 30 2017 to join its northbound counterpart.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 91% satisfaction score for the northbound services and 87% for the southbound services.

In 2015, May 2012 and August 2011, VisitEngland rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2006, Holiday Which? gave Trowell a rock-bottom 1/5 in their survey. It didn't come last though, Cullompton on the M5 did.

In 2005 and again in 2006, the services won a five-star loo award.

In 1991, a Which? survey rated the services as "average".

A 1978 government review described the services as "spotless and impressive".

In 1977 Egon Ronay made a rare positive comment about the services, describing the food as "almost good on occasion". It was the only place which he said was trying to provide a "comfortable, restful, pleasant restaurant", and appreciated the "extensive" menu. The café was not as good was the waitress service, but was still clean with prompt service.


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