One of the best known truckstops, the Roadking New Hollies truckstop is on the A5, close to the M6. Drivers should come off at Junction 12, which is the exit just before the M6 Toll Road if driving southbound or the junction just after the M6 Toll Road if travelling northbound, so it is easy to get to.
The restaurant has recently been refurbished, and on the day of TSN’s visit, the establishment was undergoing some building work to modernise it even further. Such investment is great to see.
The site boasts a 24-hour restaurant – closed only from 2000 on Saturday evenings through to 0600 on Sunday mornings, but for the rest of the time, the site is open and you can get a meal.
Breakfasts are served all day, everyday. The small breakfast is £4.49 and includes a sausage, bacon, egg, beans or tomato and optional fried bread, toast or bread & butter. The medium breakfast is £5.59 and has two sausages, two rashers of bacon, one egg, mushrooms, beans or tomato and optional fried bread, toast or bread & butter
The Mega Breakfast at £5.99 is the same but enhanced with black pudding, hash browns and double the toast. And finally is the Belly Buster at £6.79, which is the same as the Mega, but additionally has a bowl of chips.
The Veggie Breakfast is £5.59 and offers two eggs, two hash browns, mushrooms, beans and tomatoes with optional fried bread, two rounds of toast or two slices of bread & butter.
Tea or Coffee is just an extra 60p if ordered with breakfast and free with a bonus card.
You can enhance your breakfast, or indeed ‘construct’ you own, by adding extras including bacon, sausage, fried egg, hash browns, tomatoes, fried slice, mushrooms, scrambled egg, black pudding, beans, toast or bread & butter.
For those not wanting a traditional fry up to start their day, then there is a choice of cereals available at £1.30
Tea or Coffee is £1.10, a pint of milk is 90p, hot chocolate is from £1.60. There are cold drinks as well, such as Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, orange Sunkist, lemonade at £1.15 and small children’s pops are 65p. A glass of orange juice is a pound and there are other cold drinks available including Red Alert, Red Bull, Lucozade and water.
A portion of chips is £1.65 and a chip butty is £1.99. Also on offer are a range of easy meals with chips such as egg, sausage, sausage and egg, bacon and egg, ham and egg, corned beef and egg.
There are also a selection of burgers on offer – plain, cheeseburger, spicy bean burger and spicy chicken burgers – all can be bought with or without chips. Fish & Chips is £6.79.
There are omelette meals on offer with a variety of fillings, and you can add extra fillings if required. The restaurant also offers kids’ meals which are all served with a choice of chips or mash & beans or peas. These all come with choice of children bottle of sugar free pop. They are all £4.79 and include chicken nuggets, chicken burger, sausages, sausage and egg and also fish fingers.
Also on offer are salads, specials – such as spaghetti bolognaise – pies and pasties, pizzas, toasties and soup of the day. In short there is a wide range of food available to suit all diets and tastes.
For those drivers not wanting to sleep in their cabs, or those visiting without a sleeper cab and needing a bed for the night, then accommodation is available with a number of single rooms all with flat screen TVs. Prices start at £30 a night.
Parking is available for all vehicles from motorbikes to cars, but the site specialises in being a truckstop, with space for all types of HGVs, abnormal and heavy loads, including areas allocated for refrigerated trailer parking.
Parking is free for the first two hours, with fixed charges for up to 24 hours parking.
The parking area is secure with 24-hour recording CCTV, security patrol personnel and a security perimeter fence.
All parking charges include a shower voucher. If staying just in a tractor unit, it is £10 and £16 for a rigid, drawbar or artic. Extra long or wide vehicles are £21. To park in the high security area is also £21. The changeover charge is £6.
The site also has free Wi-Fi (although the extended wi-fi range into the truck park costs £2 for 24 hours), a 24 hour licensed bar with a pool table, a coin operated laundrette and facilities for disabled visitors.
The site also has 24 hour fuel – including gas oil and adblue and there is a shop selling toiletries, butane gas, phone charges, 24V electrical items, bulbs, fuses and truck accessories.
The site accepts all major debit and credit cards SNAP, R&D, DKV, UTA, CSC, Myfuel, Autopass plus many other fuel cards.
Regular users of the site should consider registering for the a bonus card which offers a 5% discount off all food and soft drinks and free tea and coffee with refills with any breakfast. This can also be used at Road King’s other site – in Holyhead.
It might sound a stupid thing to say, but this truckstop really is geared up for trucks and truck drivers. Yes, it welcomes car drivers, but truckers are well catered for. It also has some competition close by, so that ensues it keeps on top of the game, which is great both for it and the drivers.
It’s clean, the staff were very helpful and jolly and the food was good. It is certainly a great place to stop at, be it briefly or for an overnight.
New Hollies Transport Café, Watling St (A5), Cannock, WS11 1SB