Old Station Yard, Cullompton

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Review of "Old Station Yard, Cullompton"

published 10/08/2017 | ravingreviewer
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Pro Handy for a quick stop.
Cons Not much there.
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"Good for a quick stop,but not much else."

Having travelled up and down the M5 on a number of occasions either for work purposes or to go further afield to visit family, we are often making use of the various motorway service stations that are on route. Normally going for the larger ones at Bristol or Taunton there was on one occasion when we missed them, and ended up at the Old Station Yard - or as is more commonly known in local circles as Cullompton Services.

And unlike most other services that are only accessed from one direction of the carriageway (with quite often there being services found on both sides of the carriageway as you travel in one direction or another), this particular one is slightly more different - inasmuch as although it is only really signposted more properly from the northbound carriageway as you are travelling away from Exeter towards Bristol at Junction 28, you can in fact access it from the southbound carriageway too as the service area is to be found off the main roundabout that services the junction.

But with its position on an area of old reclaimed land on the main Bristol to Exeter railway line, this did in fact used to be an old station yard - hence its name. And this with its position right next to the main motorway, it is not as big as one would expect from other motorway service stations - but it is in fact almost more of a quick top shop than somewhere you could relax for rather more longer.

Owned by Extra MSA, this particular company also run a further eight or nine sites across the country including Cambridge and Peterborough - with the potential for a gradual expansion programme in years to come. And although a previous comment has been made about this not being as big as other similar places, it does in fact still have enough there to warrant it being somewhere to stop - there are food outlets (McDonalds; Costa Coffee; Warrens Bakery); some shops (WHSmith; Snap Account), and a Shell petrol station with the facility for HGVs to refuel and electrically run vehicles to also be recharged. There is an average sized car park with associated lorry and coach parking, and there are also toilet facilities located inside the Costa outlet - although these are also for public use, with additional access being found from the petrol station/ lorry park side of the building. I have to say that as those visits that I have made have been considerably shorter compared to other such similar sites, I am unable to comment on whether there are any picnic facilities as I have not had to make use of them thus have not registered their existence.

However access around the site is not that great for larger vehicles, owing of course to the space that was made available for it to be built on. But with all of this said, for motorway service stations this is a very compact one - one that does of course serve pretty much all of your needs, but on a very much smaller scale. Which would have to make me say that if you need somewhere for either yourself or someone to unwind, then this is not really for you.

Price wise, I would also have to say that what they charge here is pretty much standard as other service stations would charge - inflated prices for what you can buy on the high street for about half the price, but knowing that you will pay it as otherwise you will go hungry/ thirsty/ have nothing to read or look at.

And so to conclude, one would have to say that this is one of those 'in between' places in which to stop - it is to me not really a 'proper service station' as the other would be, but it is more than a shop with a café and a petrol station attached to it. Which leaves me with no other alternative but to return to a previous point, and to say that it is only really to my mind suitable for a quick stop rather than a slightly longer motorway stop - and I will only really use it to stretch my legs and make use of the toilet facilities if I need to do so.

Thanks for reading!

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