An insider’s guide to alternative and delicious places to stop along the motorway.

Motorway services are boring – motorways are boring – but they’re a necessary and convenient evil when you need to break the journey, especially when travelling with kids and pets. Enter the Extra Mile, here to steer you away from mediocre, expensive motorway service stations and into the arms of the UK’s best farm shops, independent cafes, cosy pubs and quirky attractions,  all within striking distance of a junction.

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 attractive surroundings for a more rewarding break.

The Extra Mile offers a dependable list of independent and brilliant outlets, beautiful 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.

Motorway breaks from the norm

a little bit further, a whole lot better

FARM SHOPS
treasure troves of responsibly farmed produce, fresh from the field
INDEPENDENT CAFES
artisan coffee shops & cafes with hearty local food & finger-licking cakes
COSY PUBS
our pick of countryside inns featuring roaring fires and,gourmet food
ARTISAN PRODUCERS
local growers and makers producing the tastiest goodies we've found
QUIRKY ATTRACTIONS
make a stop of it with food and family fun at a hand-selected attraction
BREATHE
clear your head, stretch your legs & explore the beautiful countryside
ARE YOU

a fiercely independent farm shop, pub, café or tea room?

DO YOU

proudly serve delicious, locally sourced food and drink from a sunny walled garden, retro tea room, or farmhouse kitchen?

DO FOOD MILES

matter as much to you as recycling, green energy and sustainable business?

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