Best Service Station 2018/19 – SAFC Blog Awards

Peterborough North Service Station Awards

Best Service Station 2018/19 – SAFC Blog Awards

Welcome to the 3rd of 10, (yes 10), awards. Regular readers will have enjoyed the player of the season and the best away performance awards. Having lured a few more readers in with stats, facts and cutting edge journalism… it’s now time to look at service station of the season. either travels away by;


Positives ~ toilet, train tracks generally avoid getting lost, good for London obviously

Negatives ~ doesn’t depart/return to my drive, doesn’t wake you up to tell you it’s time to get out.


Positives ~ the bar is always open, fine to take your, (wet), clothes off, the magic of …… the motorway services!!!

Negatives ~ appreciate its ‘driver error’, but given our man at the wheel is an idiot… we spend a lot of time getting lost. No toilet on board.

SAFCBlog tends to prefer the roads to the rails; completely irrelevant, but the seating plan is as follows.

Driver ~ idiot A / passenger ~ idiot B / offside rear ~ me, (coolbox manager) / nearside real alternates between ‘Branch Filth Officer’ and idiot C (only room for 2 idiots in the front).

Service station enthusiasts will know only too well the disparity in the quality of Services. As most readers will be aware, there is a ‘Big 5’…..


Gloucester Services

Gloucester services

A favourite with families, even has its own blog! 

Glouscesterservices ~ newcomer to the Big 5, but regulars at the excellent motorwayservicesonline will be aware of its ever increasing presence as a ‘mega station’

peterborough North Services

Peterborough North ~ top 5 stalwart PN shows no signs of falling from grace.

Peterborough North SAFC Blog Best Service Station Awards

The much coveted “Triangular Door to Paradise”

Best Service Station of the year finalist Pererborough North

Upon entering …. top quality Chinese food, (in a box) is right in front of you….

Peterborough North Service Station Awards

Turn 90 degrees to the right, (or 270 degrees to the left); and there it is….. the best takeaway in the world bar none!

Peterborough North is also the first of the Big 5 to give 3 hours free parking. MOTO, Welcome Break etc still only offer 2 hours free parking.

tebay Services

Tebay has always had a loyal following due to aesthetics of the facility…

Tebay Service Station

It’s a great looking service station to be fair?

For the purists, appearance is not overly important … but there’s a real wind of change towards aesthetically pleasing buildings?

reading Service Station

Reading ~ I’ve never been a big MOTO fan, purely on their ridiculous price point ~ but to be fair Reading is decent

Reading Services Best Service Station Awards

Reading ~ comfort and style

Whilst Reading has made positive strides, the MOTO brand continues to struggle.

Best Service Station
MOTO ~ the North East football of the service station world

As if being on the M25 isn’t bad enough, Thurrock is consistently bottom of the pile. Regular readers of the motorwayservicesonline forum will be familiar with the criticism. Not planning on finding out ~ but showers rated at 1.3/5 has to be a worry?

Chorley Services

Corley ~ Flagship venue of Welcome Break is a relative newcomer to the Big 5, they are the Manchester City of the service station world ~ after new showers in 2018, they relined the whole of their car park in March 2019.

Corley ~ these boys aren’t fucking about?

For those still reading, a couple of special mentions…

Wetherby Services

Wetherby ~ in many peoples top 3. Ashamed to say I’ve never been, it’s 5 minutes north of the junction where we join the A1; so don’t tend to need a piss by this stage? Rarely hear a bad word about Wetherby though. Might take the kids in the summer holidays.

Thirwell Services

Thirwell ~ class act, ashamed to say May 2019 was my first time at Thirwell. Late arrangement of Thursday night 7.45pm kick off away at Portsmouth ~ meant I drove, (normally a train destination). Fantastic facility though. We only stopped briefly on the way home ~ but definitely on my ‘motorway services bucket list’ for a sit down meal. The franchise run by a friendly chap called Mo looked as good an offering of sensibly priced phone cases that I’ve seen at a service station? Maybe next year Thirwell?

Without further ado……


The mighty Peterborough North, congratulations….

Peterborough North Services
The best of the best

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