For many of us, a nice Sunday drive is serene and enjoyable. However, for some of us who drive for work, it’s a lifestyle. For those who drive long distances, mapping out your trip beforehand is vital. From food to toilets, our list of the best rest areas in the UK is your key to a seamless drive.
1. Gloucester Services
M5, Brookthorpe, Gloucester GL4 0DN
Opening in just May of this year, this service station challenges all of your preconceptions. It features an alfresco dining area, Scandinavian-inspired architecture, and it even has its own farm shop. You may not want to leave.
2. Cherwell Valley Services
M40, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX27 7RD
It has everything you need including electric vehicle charging points, showers, and a meeting space. Did we mention it has a Krispy Kreme inside?
3. Birch Services
M62, Middleton, Heywood OL10 2RB
Fact: In 1975, Leeds United fans and Chelsea fans came head to head causing £3,000 worth of damage. Today, you’ll find a beautifully scenic rest area with plenty of dining options.
4. Hilton Park Services
10a M6, Wolverhampton WV11 2AT
The 24-hour WHSmith at this service station makes it a must-stop. Just be aware that you have 2 hours free parking and will get fined after that if you don’t pay.
5. Extra Motorway Services, Peterborough
A1M J17, Peterborough PE7 3UQ
For the foodies out there, this Peterborough stop is for you. It has a variety of cuisines and includes a Chopstix Noodles, Domino’s, and Marks & Spencers if your family can’t decide.
6. Trowell Services
J25-26, M1 Nottinghamshire NG9 3PL
If you’re driving with your family, this service station is for you. There’s plenty of food shops as well as a lovely picnic area and a children’s playground.
7. Stafford Northbound
J14 and J15 M6, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0EU
If the incredible views aren’t enough to make you pull over, the top-rated Which? toilets are reason enough. They’re spotless!
8. Extra Motorway Services, Cobham
J9-10, M25, Cobham KT11 3DB
Give your eyes a rest from the monotony of the road with this scenic stop. There’s a place for any food you want, including a roast dinner. Yum!
9. Tebay Services
M6, Orton CA10 3SB
The ultimate stop – it has a high rating for cleanliness, customer service, and all the food you could need. There’s even an adorable pond for a scenic picnic.
Do you have any hidden gems that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments!