The best place to take a break

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  • Travelling on the road can be tiring, and you need to take breaks to comply with regulations, but we all know some service stations are better than others. Below, we have compiled a list of the best ones across the UK that we would always divert for.


    Topping our list is a service station that took £75 million to build. Featuring a food court with two television screens, you can sit back with good food and relax. There’s also an attractive water feature outside that can help calm you, and with Visit England praising its range of facilities it’s definitely somewhere to that’s boasts tranquility.

    Stafford Northbound

    With space and high standards of cleanliness, it consistently tops Motorway Services’ rankings. With a beautiful lake, it also ticks all the boxes on scenery, complete with glowing customers satisfaction ratings.

    Annadale Water

    A modern service station in Dumfriesshire, its outside doesn’t always look appealing, but stepping inside, those who travel further in can find stunning views of the lake and distant mountains through the floor-to-ceiling windows.


    The original family-owner and run service station, Tebay puts an emphasis on local produce. Scoring 90% in a Which Survey, 21% higher than any other service station, it also comes out with five stars for its toilet cleanliness and food quality. It also features a farm shop, butchers, café and locally produced food. It’s also in the middle of the Lake District, offering incredible views. It now has grown from its humble 30-seat café – it now has a gallery, shops, several cafes and even an IMAX-style cinema that screens theatre performances and music events.


    The buildings, the food and the cleanliness of the toilets al pass with flying credentials from the critics; it’s the best service station in the UK. It doesn’t even detract from the landscape; it’s hidden in the Cotswolds landscape by a green ‘living’ roof. The service station farm shop brings together 130 local producers, including bakers, pie makers, livestock farmers, cheese makers, winegrowers and fruit farmers all from a 30-mile radius. It also supports the local community. The Gloucester Gateway Trust charity was involved, helping create jobs for local unemployed people. It’s owned and run by the same family who own Tebay, but Glouchester services was shortlisted for “Best Food Retailer” from BBC Food and Farming Awards.