Butchery opened at new M5 services

Gloucester Services, a new farm shop and café opening on the M5 today (7 May 2014), will include a local butchery.

Gloucester Services has been funded by the Gloucester Gateway Trust, a charity that supports social regeneration projects, and will be the second services run by Westmorland Limited, which opened the first family-run motorway services in 1972, near Tebay on the M6.

Food will be sourced locally from 200 producers across the south west of England and the meat will be supplied by local producers: Gloucester Old Spot Pigs, Willersey Provisions, Pudge’s Lamb and FA Gill. The butchers will provide meat for the restaurant and café, as well as selling products such as handmade sausages and burgers. David Morland, group butchery manager for Westmorland Limited, who has worked at Tebay services for seven years, said that despite being a motorway services, trade can be good: “Ninety per cent of trade is passing and 10% local, if that. But we do get a lot of repeat customers from people passing through regularly – business men, for example.”  

Sarah Dunning, CEO of Westmorland, said: “Gloucester Services is all about community, from the 130 local producers supplying the shops and café to the communities in the surrounding area. Weaving a charitable element directly into our business plan is vital to the success of the services. Increasing the employability and skills of a local workforce will directly impact how successful the services prove to be. Working with Gloucester Gateway Trust is not just a charitable donation; it’s an investment in the local community. I believe that stronger communities make for better businesses.”

Gloucester Services can be found between junction 11a and 12 of the M5, northbound. Building for the southbound services is under way and it is due to open in May 2015.

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