This is the Welcome Break service area on the M40. For the smaller services on the A46, see Budbrooke.
Once quite an open and spacious site, it has now been extended considerably to provide a wider range of facilities.
Catering: on both sides: Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, The Good Breakfast, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go, Tango Ice Blast, Starbucks Drive Thru
and southbound only: Chopstix Noodle Bar, Harry Ramsden's Shops: on both sides: Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith
and southbound only: Top Gift Amenities: on both sides: Meeting Room, Showers
plus northbound only: Welcome Break Gaming
and southbound only: Days Inn, Game Zone Outdoor Space: northbound only: Small grass area by hotel. Larger area across entry road but extreme caution needed
and southbound only: Large grass area by hotel Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2; Tesla Supercharger 120kW & 150kW CCS Forecourt: BP, Shop, The Pasty Shop, Chicago Town Pizza, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Air1 AdBlue
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £31 for up to 24 hours (or £33 to include a £10 meal voucher).
Prices can be paid in the shop, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Welcome Break Ltd
Warwick Services M40
- 📞 Telephone number: 01926 650168 (northbound)
01926 652080 (southbound)
- 🗺 Grid reference: SP339579
Trivia and History
The two sides of Warwick have always been treated as separate on Welcome Break's website. This appears to come down to the way their first website described the road layout at J13 (which has no signs when travelling south), and they have copied it ever since. The sites are able to operate fully independently, and were officially split in 2021, when each side received their own site manager.
The northbound Days Inn hotel was closed for a few months in 2007 after the ground floor flooded.
The southbound service area gained a new Starbucks Drive Thru on 20 December 2013.
In 2000 a swan made of quartz chips was put in place in at the entrance to the southbound services, with a flowerbed reading 'Welcome to Warwick'. The swan was based on (but different to that of) the old Welcome Break logo. It was removed after a few years.
The service area made the news in May 2020, after a volunteer started offering free food to HGV drivers in the northbound parking area, while the main food franchises were closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The volunteer was eventually asked to leave by Welcome Break, who claimed that there had been complaints about the safety risk.
The toilets are currently receiving a refurbishment on both sides, with temporary toilets being provided at the far end of each amenity building in portable buildings. The new toilets are expected to reopen in Autumn 2022. The northbound Days Inn hotel is also receiving a major refurbishment and is currently closed.
See also: M40 Service Area Planning
Documents as far back as 1974 talk about possible places "near Fosse Way" where a motorway service area could be provided on the then-unbuilt M40. The location wasn't confirmed until 1986 as other location near Gaydon were being examined too. The main factor appeared to be the distance from the planned Black Firs services on the M42.
As was common in the late 1980s, once the Department of Transport had made their intentions public, it attracted commercial rivals. Mobil registered a planning application in the exact same location, showing a similar layout but with a footbridge (the DoT had ruled out building a footbridge). Meanwhile Blue Boar planned a site at M40 J12.
Those rivals were rejected, but once the Department of Transport had secured planning permission they decided to award the contract to build it to Mobil, under their new single tender policy.
Both Mobil and the DoT had called the planned site Barn Hill services. Mobil decided to partner with Welcome Break, who opened it 'Warwick services'.
For a fairly new service station the exit slip roads are surprisingly short.
|none on M40|
Hopwood Park (M42 west, 22 miles)
Tamworth (M42 north, 35 miles)
Hilton Park (M6 north, 48 miles)
Corley (M6 south, 26 miles)
Telford (M54, 64 miles)
Norton Canes (M6 Toll, 47 miles)
|Services on the M40||Cherwell Valley (23 miles)|
|Hopwood Park (M42 west, 22 miles)|
Corley (M6 south, 26 miles)
Telford (M54, 53 miles)
|Welcome Break services||Oxford (M40, 53 miles)|
Peartree (A34, 35 miles)
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