Gloucester Services becomes first motorway services to appear in the Good Food Guide
PUBLISHED: 17:56 26 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:56 26 August 2016
2016 continues to be a remarkable year for Gloucester Services, as they add another accolade to their tranche of national awards. The family run motorway service station has today become the first ever motorway services to be listed in the Good Food Guide
The prestigious guide was first published in 1951 and has long been viewed as the ‘go-to’ bible for food lovers looking for something special. Entries are chosen by a team of anonymous inspectors and readers and Gloucester Services is celebrated as ‘the best find ever; a godsend for the journey.’
Good Food Guide editor Elizabeth Carter said, “Given the reputation of the original Tebay Services, we expected a good standard of eating from new sibling Gloucester Services, between junctions 12 and 11a on the M5 - and we were pleasantly surprised to find the food offering even stronger than we’d hoped. From artisan pastries and simple soups to main dishes such as haggis burger with crispy slaw, travellers can expect wholesome and fresh food to sustain them on their journey.
“Moreover, it’s set in lovely landscaped grounds, while honey comes from hives on the grass- and flower-covered roof. Don’t miss the excellent deli, too. As one of our readers said, “it’s an all-round lovely experience.”
Sarah Dunning, CEO of The Westmorland Family, which owns Gloucester Services said “What an honour to be featured in the 2016 Good Food Guide. Our motorway service areas champion interesting food from their locality and beyond and we are lucky to be able to connect many small, local food producers with the British travelling public. Good food is very important to us and it’s great to be recognised for what we do.’
The Westmorland Family currently employs 1000 people. The story began in 1972 when John and Barbara Dunning, local farmers, set up Tebay Services in partnership with local bakers when the M6 cut through the Lune Gorge. It was the first and, alongside its sister Services in Gloucester, they are the only family run service stations on the UK motorway network. Local and seasonal food is at the heart of the business, much of the beef and lamb is reared on the family farm.
The Good Food Guide will be available to buy at Waitrose from 5th September priced at £12.99 (normally £17.99). The guide can also be pre-ordered here