UK’s Best ( And Worst) Service Station Named

Sat 19th Feb 2022

The much-maligned service station, the home of extortionate fuel prices, overpriced sausage rolls and in some cases where spending a penny can sometimes cost you more. But all is not equal in the world of roadside services, and a new report has revealed which is the best and the worst in the country.

The analysis by PlumbNation has assessed the Google Review ratings of each service-station and ranked them with Cobham services coming out top. Located in Surrey, on the M25, the services is home to a 13 different food outlets, four shops and even a hotel. 

“Cobham services is officially the UK’s best service station, based on facilities and Google reviews,” said the report.

“According to over 15,000 user Google reviews, the Extra operated service station has plenty of choices for food giving it an overall Google rating of 4.1 out of 5. 4 reviewers positively mention the cleanliness of the bathrooms, and high amount of cubicles.

“Located between junctions 9 and 10 of the M25, Cobham services has 13 food outlets, a children’s play area and a hotel. For those with electric cars, the service station has charging ports for electric vehicles.”

Beaconsfield is placed second while Peterborough and Cherwell Valley (joint third) complete the top three. 

At the other end of the scale and it is not great news for those who have to travel up and down the A1 on a regular basis, with Barton Park in North Yorkshire ranked worst, while just ten miles down the same stretch of road, Leeming Bar comes in second worst.

The report said: “Barton Park on the A1(M) is voted one of the UK’s worst service stations. Operated by Moto, the station has an overall Google review rating of 3.1 out of 5. 22 users noted the lack of cleanliness and upkeep of the bathroom facilities at the truckstop, with many urging readers to avoid the stop.

“Since Barton Park services are designed for HGVs, those electric vehicles might wish to avoid the station as it lacks charging facilities.”

Moto, which operates the two lowly ranked service stations responded to the report and disputed the validity by claiming that their own Rugby services should be ranked No.1 overall.

A spokesperson said: “Google reviews are one of the many ways we listen and respond to our 120 million customers who visit our sites every year.

"We were disappointed to not see our Rugby services included in the research, which scores 4.6 out of 5 on Google reviews, making it the best service station in the UK.

"We continue to invest in upgrading, refurbishing and cleaning all our facilities, and strive to provide excellent customer service to every single visitor to Moto.”