Gloucester Services Producers Visit and Lunch: Monday 30 October 2017

Date: 30/10/2017
Event Time(s): 10:00

Location: Gloucester Services, M5 (between junctions 12 and 11A), Brookthorpe, Gloucester GL4 0DN

Number of places left: 6

Price: £10.00 (Members) and £ (non-members)
How to Book: To provisionally reserve a place, please email

Westmorland were the first family run motorway services on the UK roads, owning and operating Gloucester Services on the M5 and Tebay Services on the M6.

Tebay and Gloucester Services are longstanding sponsors of our annual Guild of Food Writers Awards, and we are delighted to offer this day visit to the innovative Gloucester Services site and selected producers.
Logo for Gloucester Services
Dedicated to local food, farming and the surrounding community, the £40 million pound Gloucester Services has two main aims; to make local food not just the preserve of elite shops and farmers markets, but accessible and affordable to everyone on the move, and to inject vital investment back into the surrounding community thanks to a business model that is unique on the British motorway network.

The reputation of British service areas is not high. Motorists have come to expect chain outlets serving overpriced, mediocre food. Gloucester Services is refreshingly different – no chains, no franchises, no fast food on the forecourt.

Instead, a farm shop stocked with locally produced food, a butchery featuring Gloucestershire’s finest meat, a café serving homemade dishes created from locally-sourced produce every day. Gloucester Services works with over 130 local suppliers within 30 miles of the services and 70 producers from across the South West.

‘It’s our approach to food that sets the business apart, we believe proper food matters.  So we serve it where you’d least expect it—on the motorway. Quality farm assured food was at the core of my father’s vision when he opened Tebay Services some 40 years ago.  Back then it was visionary, today, we’re part of a local food revolution.’
Sarah Dunning, Chairman of Westmorland

Trip Itinerary

10am Meet at Gloucester Services for coffee, welcome and tour of services with Sarah Dunning
Suppliers are key to Gloucester services, so the day will begin with a road trip to see two key producers selling into the shop—that operate just a few miles away.

10.45am Depart to meet Jess’s Organic Ladies
Jess Vaughan runs a third generation dairy farm called Hardwicke Farm. She affectionately calls her herd of 80 milking cows her ‘ladies’. Jess and her Ladies offer a full range of un-homogenised skimmed, semi-skimmed and whole milk alongside single, double and extra thick cream as well as a range of yogurts. Jess won the Great Taste Awards coveted ‘Golden Fork’ award for best food and drink product in the Southwest in 2016 for her organic double cream.

11.45am Depart to visit Godsell’s PDO Gloucester Cheese
Liz Godsell and her husband Bryan are self-confessed cheese addicts based in the heart of Gloucestershire’s rolling hills, in the village of Leonard Stanley, just 8 miles from Gloucester Services. The family business supplies Gloucester Services’ Farmshop with their top quality Single and Double Gloucester from their small herd of Gloucester cattle. Godsell’s produce PDO Single Gloucester cheese, that can only be made in Gloucestershire and it is a requirement that producers rear some Gloucester cattle. Despite the popularity of Gloucester cheese, the future of the cheese is under threat due to the declining numbers of Gloucester cattle. The Rare Breeds survival trust recently listed the breed as vulnerable, as there are fewer than 450 breeding cows left.

12.45pm Beau’s Bakehouse
Beau’s Bakehouse is a small bakery based in Frampton-on-Severn, near Stroud. Jacqui Cowper-Smith believes in using the best possible ingredients to make the best tasting cakes. The name ‘Beau’ comes from Jacqui’s grandmother who owned her own ‘Cake Kitchen’ in the 1920’s in New Zealand, where Jacqui grew up. Her sumptuous cakes are made with English butter, Shipton Mill flour, and free range eggs from Wittantree Farm, all natural ingredients with no preservatives or artificial additives made from recipes collected since childhood.

1.45pm Return to Gloucester Services for lunch

3.15pm Meet Charity Partners the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and have a preview and tasting of Gloucester Services’ Christmas range.

Directions: Directions: If you do not wish to drive to the event, we hope to organise travel from Gloucester Railway Station, Bruton Way, Gloucester GL1 1DE to Gloucester Services at 9.30am. Please let us know your travel intentions when booking and we will aim to co-ordinate a lift share or transport, depending on numbers. (You will need to organise your own transport to and from Gloucester Railway Station.)

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