The award-winning Gloucester Services proves that motorway service stations can enhance the local environment, community and economy. With a café, restaurant, deli to go and farm shop, it’s worth making a detour to the M5 just to sample the produce!
Opened in 2014, the family-owned Gloucester Services marked a new departure for people’s expectations of what a motorway service station should look like.
Nestled between Stonehouse and Gloucester between Junction 12 and 11a on the M5, what is remarkable is how little impact these thriving hubs have on the AONB landscape, even though there are hundreds of people passing through every day.
The first clue that this is something special is in the exterior of the building. Built to blend into the landscape, the buildings feature many eco-benefits, such as living roofs and sunken car parks, and are built using local materials such as Cotswold stone and ash timer from the Forest of Dean. The design won a RIBA National Architect Award in 2016 and a Building with Nature accreditation from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
Inside you’ll find the same commitment to local industry. The farmshop stocks produce from more than 130 local producers within a 30-mile radius, many of which you’ll also find in our Warner’s store in Upton-upon-Severn.
Within the farm shop, there is a dedicated fish counter, cheese counter, butcher’s counter, deli counter and patisserie counter, as well as plenty of local ciders, beers, and lifestyle gifts – all worth making a special motorway journey for!
The thriving restaurant and café also offer another big draw for visitors, both local and those passing through.
The beautiful surroundings, with their timer frames and light, airy spaces, make a great meeting spot, and the food is top class – not a McDonald’s or KFC in sight!
All of the food is prepared fresh on site, using local ingredients. That means you’ll find local meats in the lasagne, locally-grown vegetables in the casseroles, and local cheeses in the ploughman’s, and even the coffee is roasted just 30 miles away in Bristol.
To top off the feel-good factor at the services, the company has a strong social responsibility ethos.
The services are run in a partnership with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and for every £1 spent, 3p is invested back into community projects through the partnership. There are 8 partners that Gloucester Services works with, all working for the good of the local community in and around Gloucester.
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