Sandwiched neatly between the Pennines and Wales, Sandbach Motorway Services, found on the M6 between junctions 16 and 17, was notable for its rather poor reputation - but not anymore. With a number of facilities, including shops, restaurants and of course fuel, Sanbach motorway services represents an adequate, yet altogether fine stop for those in need of a rest.
With a number of fast food restaurants now in place, visitors have the splendid choice between the Hot Food Co and McDonalds.
Although some people tend to turn their noses up when McDonalds is mentioned, over the past ten years the company has worked hard to raise the quality of their food and help serve fresh and healthy meals. With that in mind, McDonalds is a welcome addition to Sandbach services and can be found on both the North and Southbound services.
If you fancy something a little different, the Hot Food Co represents the face of RoadChef’s self-branded restaurants. Beginning life in 2008 at Strensham southbound, the range has quickly spread throughout services across the country.
Though Fresh Food Café (another RoadChef enterprise), is to take over from all Hot Food Co restaurants as we head into 2014, you can still enjoy the Hot Food Co for a little while longer at Sandbach.
Another welcome addition to Sandbach’s offerings is Costa. As Roadchef know that driving while tired is extremely dangerous, they have added a Costa Café in both the South and Northbound services.
Besides fast food, you can also fill up on snacks and supplies at WHSmith, which can also be found on both sides of the motorway.
If you’re looking for a little entertainment, you can also enjoy the Game On arcade (18+ only), Jackpot £500 and Express Krispy Crème, which can be found alongside Costa.
Though Sanbach offers no bed for the night, you may be glad to know that for as little as £10, you are able to sleep in your car - if you plan on staying longer than a period of two hours.
If you plan on travelling via caravan, HGV or even a coach, the price is £22, or for the addition of another £4, you can receive a £10 food voucher for the services.
These can be paid either by PayByPhone, in the shop or restaurant. Fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Interestingly enough, both the northbound and southbound services were the very first to be entirely built by Roadchef. This becomes even more interesting when you discover that initial plans for the services merely revolved around a truck stop for tired lorry drivers.
There has also been talk throughout the 90s of a Wimpy drive-through being placed within the services, though since Wimpy’s decline in popularity since the millennium, the plans for a drive-through have never come to fruition.
The services were also included in a Safety Event Roadshow organised by local tyre fitting company, Tyres on the Drive, who are based in nearby Holmes Chapel.