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Best UK Service Stations

Join us on a journey through the heart of the UK’s motorway as we finally settle a highly contested topic: which of the UK’s service stations is the best?

Whilst they might not be the main focus of a holiday, people feel passionately about the best service stations in the UK. Countless companies have compiled data about which service station is the best. However, we’ve taken a different approach!

We’ve asked our own employees for their favorite UK service station. With employees who love to travel the UK and possess extensive experience in the travel industry, it would be unwise not to heed their advice!

Read on to discover 12 “wheely” good service stations in the UK…

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The Best UK Service Stations FAQs

Dating all the way back to 1959, Newport Pagnell is the oldest service station in the UK. However, Watford Gap services comes in at a close second as it opened a month after!

Now to settle one of the most controversial topics…

Which is better, Tebay or Gloucester services?

Both of these services stations in the UK frequently top the list of best services, so we put the question to the team here at Sykes!

When asked what their favourite service station in the UK was. Tebay was chosen 11 times whilst Gloucester was chosen 15 times!

Read on to find out more about these popular services!

The M6 is home to 18 service stations each providing an array of services. Rugby and Tebay are arguably the best services that the M6 has to offer, as both have featured in Which’s guide!

Continue reading our blog to find out more about the facilities available at both of these UK service stations.

The Best Service Stations in England

1. Gloucester Services, Gloucester

Recommended by 15 members of the Sykes family including Veronica, Owner Finance and Simon, Lead Developer

"Definitely Gloucester! It's perfectly positioned if you're travelling between the North and South. Kids get a delicious hot meal for £1 when you buy an adults meal. They have lovely play areas so you can catch 5 mins peace"
Marketing Executive
"We loving stopping there when visiting family, it's always nice and peaceful. Last time we visited there were some baby ducklings just waddling through the outside terrace overlooking the pond, it was so beautiful and my 2 year old daughter loved it"
Marketing Executive

2. Leeds Skelton Lake Services, Leeds

Recommended by: Steph, SEO Executive and Owen, SEO Strategist

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3. Killington Lake Services, Kendal

Recommended by Stuart, Regional Sales Manager and Bryony, Property Recruitment Team Manager

Killington Lake Service Station
"After spending 4 or 5 years driving up and down the M6 to see Scottish owners, something you just want a quick bite away from the crowds [...] That's where Killington Lake Services come in... Take 5 mins to yourself with a coffee and a box of McNuggets while looking out over the reservoir"
Regional Sales Manager

4. Oxford M40 Services, Oxford

Recommended by Cari, Impact Executive

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5. Rugby Services, Rugby

Recommended by Jack, Regional Director of Business Development

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6. Tebay Services, Penrith

Recommended by 11 members of the Sykes family including Tyler, Web Analyst and Leora, Product Owner

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"Definitely Gloucester services and Tebay - both have a farm shop with excellent produce and support local businesses - giving them space to sell their products in their main shop, as well as having a great selection o food and drink. They also offer a dog walking trail."
Property Consultant

The Best Service Stations in Scotland

7. Annandale Water Services, Dumfries

Annandale Water Service Station

8. Cairn Lodge Services, Douglas

Recommended by Matt, Marketing Manager


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The Best Service Stations in Wales

9. Rhug Estate, Corwen

Recommended by Cari, Impact Executive

"North Wales has to be Rhug Estate farm shop! Local Welsh produce and just a lovely spot on the A5 on your way to the mountains... plus there's bison!"
Impact Executive

10. Sarn Park, Bridgend


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The Best Service Stations in Northern Ireland

11. Lisburn Services, Lisburn

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The Best UK Service Stations Map

Book your next getaway to one of these wonderful cottages in the UK to experience some of the best UK service stations! Use our Inspire Travel Guide to find more attractions to visit on your journey.

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