Think of a motorway. I can’t imagine you’re feeling very inspired. Now picture the inevitable hunger during a slog of a journey through traffic jams and road works. Is this your only option to satisfy your appetite?
Well this particular beacon of British motorway drudgery closed in 1989 due to fire safety hazards, but you get the idea. But fear not! If you look under the concrete surface of motorway services you’ll find some hidden gems.
Here are five brilliant locations to save you from motorway misery!
Brockholes Nature Reserve, M6 (J31), Preston
If youai??i??re driving up the North West of England, this is the place to stop. The 107-hectare wetland and woodland reserve lets you enjoy a magnificent view while drinking good coffee and enjoying products coming directly from the farm. If youai??i??ve a bit of time, have a walk along the lake. If not, just enjoy the view from the restaurant, itai??i??s definitely worth the visit!
For a walk down memory lane, try this little traditional tea room in the small but lovely town of Tewkesbury. Awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014, it offers a great range of delicious food, to get you ready to hit the road! The good old fashioned table service and the music from the 40’s will transport you into a really nice nostalgic atmosphere ai??i??. so just sit back, and enjoy!
Tebay Services, M5 (J38), Cumbria
British motorway stations are by no means a prime destination for travellers looking for tasty and refined food. But the Tebay Services are willing to change that. Offering locally sourced delicacies and strictly home-made food, it will drastically change your ai???motorway food experienceai??i??. On a plus side, fast-food chains are banned from this Gloucester Services, so youai??i??ve no other choice than to eat well!
OK Diner, Various Locations up the A1
The A1 is a long, turgid road. Mile after mile of grey beaten tarmac roll beneath the wheels of jaded drivers. Fortunately OK Diners decked out with chequerboard floors and Rock ‘n’ Roll classics quirk things up, bringing a taste of Americana to the soulless slog of the A1. OK diners feel more like an experience than a break and this little chain of nostalgic state-side grub is a great alternative to some desolate concrete blob.
Frog at Skirmett, Between Junctions 8 & 9, M4
Sometimes nothing is more refreshing than a proper English pub when you’re on the road. Particularly when conventional choices are grotty burgers in knackered service stations. In between junctions 8 and 9 of the M4 is the Frog at Skirmett. With the food seasonal and locally sourced, you’re guaranteed one of the best gastro pub experiences and the Venison is bloody marvellous! It’s not just a great place to stop by for a meal it’s got some lovely rooms if you want to stay a little longer. You may well be tempted to!
So if you find yourself on the motorway any time soon, keep your ear to the ground to seek out some ace alternatives to the humdrum of motorway cuisine.
The GoCarShare Team!