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.
Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Starbucks Drive Thru Shops: Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith, Fone Bitz (southbound only) Main Amenities: Electric Vehicle Charging Point (Ecotricity & Tesla), Game Zone (southbound only), Showers, Welcome Break Gaming (northbound only) Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: BP, Shop, Upper Crust, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Air1 AdBlue
First two 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.
Welcome Break Ltd
Warwick Services M40
- Telephone number: 01926 650168 (northbound)
01926 652080 (southbound)
- Grid reference: SP339579
Trivia and History
The former Coffee Primo lounge, built as a Little Chef.
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 services originally consisted of two competing plans: one by the Department for Transport and the other by Mobil. Mobil would have included a vehicular bridge at the services, while the DfT considered building a footbridge and later dropped it.
The revised plan which was eventually built was a joint partnership between Mobil and Welcome Break. It was known as 'Barn Hill'.
For a fairly new service station the exit slip roads are surprisingly short.
| 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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