Have you visited Gloucester Services yet?
Located between junction 12 and 11A on the M5, you could easily mistake this hidden gem for an ordinary stretch of countryside.
Unlike your usual service stop, there isn’t a fast-food chain, or a high street coffee shop. Instead there are several stalls selling fresh goods and a farm shop style cafÃ©. All of this is built into the landscape â€“ meaning you can unwind and soak up the stunning surroundings without feeling as if youâ€™re on the roadside.
Here’s a little bit of background…
Gloucester Services is the Southern sister company to Tebay Services, that was built alongside the motorway in Penrith during the early 70â€™s. Cumbrian farmers John and Barbara Dunning decided to set up Tebay Services in partnership with local bakers, creating the first family-owned service station on the UK road network. After years of success up in the North, Gloucester Services was born in 2014.
If you fancy a change during your commute, or if youâ€™re looking for somewhere different to check out on a weekend â€“ weâ€™d certainly recommend popping in.
Itâ€™s fantastic to see a family-owned business supporting so many local producers and it was brilliant to see some of our lovely customers on the shelves too!