Taunton Deane services
M5 between J25 and J26
Signposted from the road.
map and directions
Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.
Despite the chaos and mania of the busy holiday period, busy Taunton Deane finds the time and space for a surprising amount of Somerset greenery.
Catering: on both sides: Chozen Noodle (seasonal opening), Costa Coffee, New York Bakery Co. (seasonal opening), McDonald's, The Cornish Bakery (seasonal opening), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Costa Drive Thru
and southbound only: Fresh Food Café Shops: WHSmith Amenities: on both sides: Jackpot £500, Showers
plus northbound only: UK Truck Clean Truck Wash
and southbound only: Days Inn Outdoor Space: on both sides: Picnic Area
plus northbound only: Grass areas and trees all around car park
and southbound only: Grass area at building entrance, larger under footbridge Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £13 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £29, or £32 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using NexusPay or in the shop. The location code is 2247 (northbound) and 2249 (southbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Taunton Dean Motorway Services
Taunton Deane Motorway Services Area
- 📞 Telephone number: 01823 271111
- 🗺 Grid reference: ST195203
🌍 Operators & Official Websites:
Trivia and History
The southbound building before it opened.
Taunton Deane is a prime example of the 'second era' of service station planning, where the government allocated huge amounts of land, to avoid the overcrowding complaints they had faced at previous projects like Strensham. While the buildings themselves can become crowded, the large grounds mean that Taunton Deane looks nothing like the concrete jungles at the north end of the M5.
The northbound Costa Coffee operates from a separate annexe building outside the main entrance. While the idea of stand-alone coffee shops has become a feature of motorway service areas in recent years, it's very unusual to see one that has been doing this for so long.
See also: M5 Service Area Planning
A search for services near Taunton considered sites at Shoreditch, Kibbear, Fulwood, Canons Grove and Cutsey. It was described as a "pleasant site in the flat bottom of valley with an excellent view of The Wellington monument."
Initially Cutsey wasn't considered, but on a second review it was decided it was the lest harmful place for it, so the service area was built here, on a 37 acre site. During the investigative period, considerable evidence of a deserted medieval village was found. Unfortunately, in line with the attitude at the time, little attention was paid to this and the evidence has now been destroyed.
The service area was opened to bids in 1971. Responses were received from Roadchef, Ross, and Rank. In 1974 Ross were declared the winners, but they pulled out so it was awarded to the new operator, Roadchef, with what the government called "lesser benefit". The name 'Cutsey' was changed to 'Taunton Deane'.
Given the large grounds and relatively low traffic levels, it was agreed that the new operator would only need to build facilities on one side of the road until that reached full capacity. As a result, when the southbound building opened in 1976, northbound customers had to cross the road using the long footbridge, although temporary facilities were sometimes available.
A northbound building was built next to the pathway in 1989. The new addition only has one entrance, as it feeds off the path that was already there. The newer building is the smaller of the two, and generally has shorter opening hours for its facilities.
Taunton Deane was one of three service areas deemed 'non-critical', which meant it could trial selling only two brands of fuel, instead of the required four. BP and Shell were the chosen two. After the restriction on fuel brands was totally removed, BP and Shell took one side of the service area each. Eventually Shell purchased the other side.
In 1989 a hotel was built on the southbound side. One was later planned on the northbound side but this never happened.
The service area used to use Coffee Republic rather than Costa Coffee.
The southbound amenity building was extended in 2019, to create more space and more units. A temporary structure was erected to serve as a seating area. Roadchef later purchased the structure from their contractor, and continued to use it as an overflow dining area.
A Costa Drive Thru opened on the southbound side in 2019 with its northbound counterpart joining in early 2020.
New Garden Square Deli kiosks were installed on both sides in June 2021 as well as a new Chozen Noodle kiosk on the northbound side to expand the food offerings available and to offer customers products without having to enter the main buildings. The northbound kiosks are also placed outside due to the lack of space inside the main building. Both Garden Square Deli kiosks were repurposed in summer 2022 to serve New York Bakery Co's range of bagels.
|Bridgwater (12 miles)||Services on the M5||Tiverton (10 miles)|
Cullompton (14 miles)
|Sedgemoor (M5 southbound, 24 miles)||Roadchef services||none|
We launched a new system to display public feedback in December 2021. It will take time for new comments to appear. Users will need to register with CommentBox to leave reviews, and you can do so quickly below:
Views expressed in these comments are those of the individual contributor. User accounts are managed by CommentBox.io.
We ask the companies named to check here regularly but we can't force them to do so.
Brands should log in with their Twitter profile to validate their authority.