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Annandale Water services


A74(M) at J16
(also accessible to traffic on the B7076)

Signposted from the road.


DG11 1HD

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Single site located at a junction.

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Sitting on the main route between Carlisle and Glasgow is this site built around a lake. Despite its deliberately rustic appearance, inside it offers the usual franchises.


Catering: The Cornish Bakery, Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Jackpot £500, Nature Trail, Showers, Randox Health Covid-19 Test Dropbox Hotel: Days Innbook Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS & CHAdeMO Forecourt: BP, M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £13 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £27, or £29 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone or in the shop. The location code is 5272.

The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Annandale Water M S A
DG11 1HD

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

Annandale Blue Boar signing.jpg
An amended sign pointing to facilities, with Blue Boar's circular logo removed.

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Opened by Blue Boar 1995
Sold to Roadchef 1998

During spring 2018, the filling station was redeveloped by BP Express introducing a M&S Simply Food store to the site. BP are now proposing to build two bp pulse chargers on the forecourt.

The location for a service area was obvious, as the nearby settlement of Johnstonebridge (which is served by this junction) was dependent on passing trade from the A74. This included two Little Chefs, which all closed when the new motorway opened in 1996 and the through traffic was lost.

Blue Boar design

This is one of three services to be built by Blue Boar - the company that built Watford Gap. Blue Boar tried to run each site independently and at Annandale they focused on local branding, using 'Annandale Water' and 'Annandale Lodge' around the site much more than their own name. An official opening ceremony was held on 5 April 1995, attended by the Earl of Annandale.

Their building style looks much older than other service areas from this era, partly because the best feature is the lake at the back, and partly because it was trying to create an atmosphere of tradition. It does use the somewhat modern idea of having a hotel directly connected to the main building. The toilets, situated at the front, have separate entrances and exits and staggered doorways, to allow for very high flows.

During construction a mesolithic site was discovered and excavated. The lake for which Annandale is known was dug by the Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division, sponsored by Texaco and Blue Boar.

When Roadchef took over Blue Boar, other sites were demolished and replaced, but at Annandale they preserved many of its features. Inconsistent refurbishments have left several different styles of corporate branding visible together.

Even though the service area was never owned by First, since Roadchef took over that subsidiary, some internal documents relating to Annandale Water have been signed in First's name.

Roadchef refurbishment

In 2014 as part of their standard refurbishment, Roadchef changed the restaurant to a McDonald's and relocated the Costa to the back, taking away some of the charm although undoubtedly forming a commercial success. The new restaurant was then relegated to the former Wimpy area.

Roadchef removed lots of Blue Boar's branding during the refurbishment, including the Annandale Water logo above the doorway and the seating area. The logo is still etched into the windows around the coffee terrace at the back.

Roadchef also pasted their logo on all of Blue Boar's exterior signage, including a sign which still advertises the former Waterside Restaurant.

During spring 2018, Roadchef redeveloped the main amenity building. The Costa café was refurbished and moved to allow the seating area to overlook the lake; the McDonald's restaurant was also refurbished and gained self-service order points and table service.

The former Hot Food Co restaurant was removed and replaced with Roadchef's newest own-brand Fresh Food Café under a new concept called The Breakfast Kitchen, where the outlet is shared with Chozen Noodle and operates as each brand at the respective times of the day serving relevant products. The UK's most northerly and the first Scottish The Cornish Bakery internal store was also introduced here and a Changing Places room was installed.

In June 2020, Roadchef were granted planning permission to build a Costa Drive Thru to the east of the filling station.

The Chozen Noodle and The Breakfast Kitchen units remain closed following their closure during the first COVID lockdown. They are expected to reopen during early 2022.


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