Transport Cafe A5 at Junction 9 of M1, also 24/7 Fuel available.

Watling Street Cafe, London Road A5, Flamstead, Hertfordshire, AL3 8HA

Telephone number 01582 840 215

Please be aware that phoning any Transport Cafe may require a little patience because all staff may be very busy and may not be able to answer the phone at the drop of a hat, but please keep trying.

Transport Cafe hours of business

Monday to Thursday 06.00hrs to 22.00hrs
Friday 06.00hrs to 19.30hrs
Saturday and Sunday 07.00hrs to 19.00hrs Closed all bank holidays and between Xmas and New year (check for reopening date via phone)

Sat Nav Information

The post code will get you here but before you reach where it would take you you will be at the Lorry Park and can ignore its further ramblings.

Location instructions Details

Exit M1 at junction 9
Follow signs to Dunstable
The Watling Street Cafe is about 200 yards (m) along the road on the right hand side with easy access.
Large signs point the way in to the Cafe

Click below link for a Google Map to the WATLING STREET A5 M1 Junction 9 Transport Cafe Truck Stop Lorry Park


Lorry Parking Details

60 overnight HGV spaces. Lots of flood lights cover the whole Lorry Park


Showers and wash facilities are available

Trucklife Truck accessories

Trucklife Truck accessories are available, phone for details if required


A retail area is available phone for details please.

Lorry Wash

A lorry wash (truck) is available please phone for details of times etc


Sky Tv is available,, a pool table,, fruit machines.



6am-10pm monday – thursday
6am-8pm friday
7am-12pm saturday
closed sunday
Diesel, Gas Oil (Red Diesel) and ADBLU can be purchased through the Kiosk using:

Cash and all Major Credit and Debit Cards
Arval Agency Cards
KeyFuels; UK Fuels; Morgan Fuels and all other major Fuel Cards.
ESSO Diesel available soon.

Auto Vend facilities are available 24/7 for Diesel, ADBLU and Gas Oil (Red Diesel)
Using KeyFuels, UK Fuels, Morgan Fuels, IDS, AS 24 and all major Fuel Cards – ONLY

Transport Cafe Foods/Menus

Breakfasts served until noon also sandwiches and items available on toast.
Sandwiches served after Midday Ham, cheese, chip butty, Burgers (incl: Vegetarian)
Daily roast available along with a choice of 4 other meals. Steak & Kidney pudding, Faggots, Chicken & Mushroom slice.
All meals served with chips or potato, beans or vegetables. Gravy available
Hot Desserts available such as Apple Pie, Rice Pudding, Jam Roly Poly.

Follow this link for a new page image of one of the menus on display, Menu image one Please note that over time prices will change so please take this into account, this is dated January 2012

Follow this link for a second new page image of one of the menus on display dated January 2012 Menu image twoPlease note that over time prices will change so please take this into account, this is dated January 2012

Comments from a customer

I’ve been using this cafe on & off since I was a singer in rock bands in the ’60’s. It was a meeting place & watering hole for bands on their way north from London as were most of the cafes on the A5.(I once had breakfast with The Who at the Watling St cafe & a couple of months later, had lunch with The Rolling Stones further up the A5!) In 1974,after 10 years of touring, I Decided it was time to settle down (not an easy decision, I can tell you) So, I became an H.G.V driver, still away overnight but only 3 or 4 times a week, not 17 nights on the trot, as the music business dictated! The cafe is still a good one & I think some of the original signs & adverts are still lurking about the place(e.g. beds for 7/6d a night! I still use the cafe when I’m going north out of London, it’s well worth the small detour off the M1 & I can sit there eating a good breakfast & reminisce about the wild old band days back in the ’60’s(Nostalgia is an age thing that gets us all eventually!) The Soundman

Webmaster says below

This Transport Cafe has been around at least since the 1950’s, it has a long history and is well known by drivers. I remember it when I called at The Crows Nest Transport Cafe about one mile further north on the A5,,, if you remember that one then please write to me using the contact details on the front page

At one time between Bletchley (Milton Keynes) and London there were 46 transport cafes on the A5 trunk road. The 46th cafe was just under the the old A5 railway bridge on the right going north.


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