Observer Food Monthly Vote Gloucester Services as their Favourite Food Newcomer!
Gloucester Services, M5 Northbound – a rare breed of motorway services dedicated to local food, farming and local community – has won the prestigious Observer Food Monthly “Best Newcomer” award.
Sarah Dunning, CEO of the Westmorland Family, who own and operate the services, collected the award at a star studded ceremony in London on Thursday 16 October, attended by celeb foodies Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater.
Gloucester Services, which opened in May 2014, is an innovative food business with a unique approach to running motorway services, offering locally sourced, seasonal food and produce.
Uniquely, there are no fast food chains or franchises on the forecourt. Instead, a farm shop selling locally produced food, a butchery featuring Gloucestershire’s finest meat and a café serving homemade dishes produced fresh daily using locally sourced ingredients.
Gloucester Services, which is the sister project of the acclaimed Tebay Services based in Cumbria, works with 200 producers from across the South West, 130 of which are within 30 miles of the site.
It has been created in partnership with the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, a social regeneration charity. Once completed (a second, southbound service area opens in 2015), the £40 million project will employ 300 people in the local area and will redistribute an estimated £10 million over 20 years back into local Gloucestershire charitable community projects.