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Warwick services

Location:

M40 between J12 and J13

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

CV35 0AA

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.

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This is the Welcome Break service area on the M40. For the smaller services on the A46, see Budbrooke.

Once quite an open and spacious site, it has now been extended considerably to provide a wider range of facilities.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, The Good Breakfast, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme (southbound only), Yorkshire Tea, Starbucks Drive Thru Shops: Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith Main Amenities: Game Zone (southbound only), Showers, Welcome Break Gaming (northbound only) Hotel: Days Innbook north | book south Charging Points: Ecotricity, Tesla Supercharger Forecourt: BP, Shop, Starbucks on the Go, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £30 for up to 24 hours (or £32 to include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Welcome Break Ltd
Warwick Services M40
Banbury Road
Ashorne
Warwick
CV35 0AA

  • 📞 Telephone number: 01926 650168 (northbound)
    01926 652080 (southbound)
  • 🗺 Grid reference: SP339579


Trivia and History

Warwick Coffee Primo.jpg
The former Coffee Primo lounge, built as a Little Chef.

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Services opened 1994

The northbound Days Inn hotel was closed for a few months in 2007 after the ground floor flooded.

The southbound services gained a new Starbucks Drive Thru on 20 December 2013. One is now being built on the northbound side.

In 2000 a swan made of quartz chips was put in place in at the entrance to the southbound services, with a flowerbed reading 'Welcome to Warwick'. The swan was based on (but different to that of) the old Welcome Break logo, although it hasn't been seen for quite a few years.

The two sides of Warwick have always been treated as separate on Welcome Break's website. This appears to come down to the way their first website described the road layout at J13 (which has no signs when travelling south), and they have copied it ever since.

Upper Crust units opened here in the filling station shops on both sides in June 2018, one of three sites to gain this new brand at the time.

The southbound Tossed store closed here in February 2020 as part of a nationwide shutdown of their motorway sites. A Chopstix Noodle Bar is expected to replace this unit soon.

The service area made the news in May 2020, after a volunteer started offering free food to HGV drivers in the northbound parking area, as the main food franchises were closed because of COVID-19. The volunteer was eventually asked to leave by Welcome Break, who claimed that there had been complaints about the safety risk.

Opening

Welcome Break swan.
The old Welcome Break logo.

Full details: M40 Service Area Planning

Documents as far back as 1974 talk about possible places "near Fosse Way" where a motorway service area could be provided on the then-unbuilt M40. The location wasn't confirmed until 1986 as other location near Gaydon were being examined too. The main factor appeared to be the distance from the planned Black Firs services on the M42.

As was common in the late 1980s, once the Department of Transport had made their intentions public, it attracted commercial rivals. Mobil registered a planning application in the exact same location, showing a similar layout but with a footbridge (the DoT had ruled out building a footbridge). Meanwhile Blue Boar planned a site at M40 J12.

Those rivals were rejected, but once the Department of Transport had secured planning permission they decided to award the contract to build it to Mobil, under their new single tender policy.

Both Mobil and the DoT had called the planned site Barn Hill services. Mobil decided to partner with Welcome Break, who opened it 'Warwick services'.

When it opened, advertised facilities were The Granary food court, La Baguette, food hall, news stand, galleria, sweet shop, Customer Services and Forte Travelodge.

For a fairly new service station the exit slip roads are surprisingly short.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
none on M40
Hopwood Park (M42 west, 22 miles)
Tamworth (M42 north, 35 miles)
Hilton Park (M6 north, 48 miles)
Corley (M6 south, 26 miles)
Telford (M54, 64 miles)
Norton Canes (M6 Toll, 47 miles)
Services on the M40 Cherwell Valley (23 miles)
Hopwood Park (M42 west, 22 miles)
Corley (M6 south, 26 miles)
Telford (M54, 53 miles)
Welcome Break services Oxford (M40, 53 miles)
Peartree (A34, 35 miles)

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