Motorway services are charging up to twice as much for meals as supermarkets
15 September 2008

Motorway services are charging up to twice as much for meals as supermarkets, reports a survey commissioned by traffic information website www.keepmoving.co.uk.

Rip-off motorway meals won’t come as a surprise to Britain’s hard-pressed motorists, but the survey has also revealed a strong regional pricing bias, with drivers in the south and west paying most.

Six of the top ten most expensive services are on the M4 - five of these are run by Moto - with Reading topping the list.

Buying sandwiches, crisps, chocolate and bottled water for four costs £26.68 there – against a typical price of £12.24 for the same items at a supermarket.

The only motorway outlet that comes in for anything approaching praise is M&S’s growing chain of motorway ‘Simply Food’ outlets, which charge the same across the country and also undercut other food vendors on the same site.

The survey was commissioned by www.keepmoving.co.uk. The site offers a free service to help users find supermarkets within a one-minute drive of motorway and ‘A’ road junctions.

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15 September 2008

You can just imagine the questions that will be fired at the Autocar road test team from their accountants at expenses time.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

15 September 2008

The Welcome Break services at Oxford are amongst the best - the big services with the water falls outside. Very nice indeed.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

15 September 2008

M&S actually cheapest for something? Now theres a turn up for the books. I've been avoiding them thinking they would be pricey, might try one now.

15 September 2008

Done it twice in the last year but best avoided at ALL cost, a stop at a services with 2 fussy kidss N+I+G+H+T+M+A+R+E.

Apart from the incredible cost which is bad enough. Try getting a simple ham sandwich without mustard mayo, salad or countless other stuff those coffee shop places now have, Choice 2 a really expensive hot meal, sausage beans and chips that has been kept hot longer than the Sun, option 3 macdonalds if your lucky to find one, burger king are everywhere and rubbish for young kids. My 3 old doesn't want a toasted panini with feta and olive stuffing, its getting harder and harder just to find a quick beans on toast for God's sake. And why do service only sell huge make me a lard-ar$e packets of crisps? I only want a damn 30g bag not 65!!!

My best advice to people on the road is stop at your local hospital, the WRVS cafe usually does a better, fresher sandwich for 40% the price. Many now share the staff canteen with visitors and do excellent priced food with a great choice. They do food to go as well. In fact stop in on your way home, for £2.50 you can take home a poly box with a decent hot balanced meal.

I feel better now.

TUK

15 September 2008

I have never understood the pricing policy at motorway service stations for food and fuel. They are the easiest places in the UK to get to as they are on the motorway network so delivery costs should be less than anywhere else. And they have a captive / high turnover market ... why on earth do they think people stop on the motorway network ... to fill up their cars and bellies ... people want to spend their money, but not at the prices being charged. So, as it is I do my best to avoid them at all costs, except for M&S which from my personal experience represents good value.

16 September 2008

[quote TUK]And they have a captive / high turnover market ... why on earth do they think people stop on the motorway network ... to fill up their cars and bellies ... people want to spend their money, but not at the prices being charged.[/quote]

Nail, head. You've got no choice, they'll charge what they like. Just be thankful the toilets are free...

16 September 2008

Last time I ate any food at services I almost died!!. Bone dry chicken that I was charged 20 pounds for and then choked on it!!

Why can't Britian learn from europe on this?- I was recently in Holland and stopped at the services and was amazed at the quality, freshness and cost of the food.

16 September 2008

Couldn't agree more - Britain lags so far behind the rest of Europe on matters like this that it is a wake up call to us all to desert this sinking ship before it finally becomes uninhabitable. Motorway services are symptomatic of "rip -off-who-gives-a-toss Britain" - inedible food, extortionate prices and desperately poor customer service. I avoid them like the plague. Good source of material for a Little Britain sketch though......sadly.

16 September 2008

I remember some great service in France on the way down to the Dordogne. They were completely modern, and the food was lovely. There are only a handful of motorway services in the UK that are modern or nice, notably the Oxford one (which I've mentioned) and the ones on the M6 Toll Road.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

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