M5, Junction 11A-12; 0 mins
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Electric car charging
In a building that blends into its landscape - think natural stone walls, rugged landscaping and a grass roof over the timber-vaulted atrium - this Farmshop and Kitchen is a remarkable spot run in partnership with a local community development charity. It's more than a mere stop off on your journey.
Counters heave with pies, stews, pastries and cakes and that rich aroma is the scent of locally roasted Extract Coffee. Sit and savour in the café or grab and go at the Quick Kitchen, tasting fresh produce that comes from 130 partners within a 30-mile radius. Forget petrol station pasties and flowers: this is the place for meals, picnic purchases and gifts. Rest by the tranquil nature reserve or point car-coiled little legs at the rustic play area.
At Gloucester Services, you're definitely 'somewhere', rather than big-brand anywhere. Tebay and Cairn Lodge Services complete this memorable trio. Yes, they're services, just not as you know them.
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