Why go the Extra Mile?

After yet another in a long line of bland ‘lattes’ and limp sandwiches next to the thundering motorway, we asked ourselves if there wasn’t another way. In rejection of soulless, expensive services, we set out to celebrate local alternatives, uncovering places that offer impeccable local food – some direct from the field – space for children and pets to let off steam, and beautiful surroundings. 

The Extra Mile offers a dependable list of independent and brilliant outlets, gorgeous countryside and delicious food worthy of a short detour. They’re all hand-selected and no more than 15 minutes’ drive from a junction, so you can add a bit of magic to your journey while supporting local businesses.