Posted by sean on April 22, 2006 at 10:16 am in Ventures Outside Of Bath with No Comments


I’m in the car, somewhere on the M42 travelling up to Leeds. Using the wonders of modern day technology I am able to write and upload this blog.

We’ve just stopped at a Welcome Break service station where we were a victim of a serious crime, daylight robbery. For a light mid-morning snack and drink we were charged £12.74.

Let’s just break the bill down…

Fresh Orange Juice – £1.95
Filter Coffee – £1.99
2 cups of tea – £3.70
1 slice of Bakewell tart – £1.60
1 chocolate croissant – £1.75
1 raisin pastry – £1.75

Then for the journey I bough a Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato sandwich for £3.69.

My coffee came in a massive trough and tasted like it had been sitting in some tank since last night. I also had a chocolate croissant which was dry and fell to pieces when I bit into it. Also for a “chocolate” croissant it seemed to be lacking greatly in the chocolate department.

The cafés and shops in these service stations can charge whatever the hell the like, even if double the recommended retail price. This is simply because there is no competition. They place their stations in the middle of nowhere where hungry drivers and passengers have no choice but to visit. I thought running an unfair monopoly was illegal!

These service stations are horrible places in themselves. Everyone in them is hot, bothered and stressed all pushing to get to the till and pay for their overpriced food.

God forbid you need to use the toilet, I didn’t go today but on previous visits to motorway facilities it is difficult to find a cubicle which doesn’t have piss, shit and vomit on the floor and sprayed up the walls.

Glad I’m out of there!

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