Last week we decided to go to Bath. I have never been there and L has only been for work. So, yesterday we packed up for a short 48 hour trip to the historic city.
On our way through Gloucester we decided to make a stop at a service station -- as you do if you're anything like me and decide to drink a large coffee at the start of your trip. Anyway, we hit the service station jackpot. I'm telling you I actually enjoyed peeing at Gloucester Services and here's why:
This lovely location is the creation of Cumbrian farmers, the Dunning family, who set up Tebay Services in partnership with local businesses when the new M6 motorway cut through Lune Gorge. It was the first and still is the only family run motorway service station on the UK Road Network serving home cooked, locally sourced food.
Gloucester Services is the newest addition to the business and is located between junctions 11a and 12 of the M5. The services operate in partnership with the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust by creating sustainable income that goes back into the local community. How awesome is that?!
Unlike most motorway services, you won't find franchised businesses here. They have their own cafés, make their own food, and have an amazing farm shop with a real butchers! The farm shop also showcases some of the best produce from around the country, including Linc's favorite, Lily's Kitchen!
I honestly wish this was what all service stations were like; clean, beautiful, built into the countryside (literally), and gives back. What could be better? On our way home, we made it a point to stop again!