We do a lot of driving, especially Charlie as a gigging musician, so when Alastair Sawday who I’ve known for years, had the idea to create this book I wanted to be involved and I knew there was a need for it! Plus I love books! I was lucky enough to be part of the initial team working on the book before it was published and I think it’s such a fantastic idea that I asked if I could stock it when it came out.
Every page contains a beautiful hidden gem of a place you can stop off at instead of going to a service station, and without having to drive more than 15 minutes from a motorway junction. It’s full of fantastic farm shops, independent cafes, cosy pubs and quirky attractions, so you can stop off en route and eat delicious locally sourced food and drink whilst supporting local businesses. I’m getting it as a Christmas gift for everyone I know and I’m sure someone you know would love this too! Featuring 300 venues with stunning photography and a handy guide to facilities available (such as electric car charging points), the book is divided up by motorway and comes with a loyalty fob you can show at selected venues to get special discounts, exclusive offers and even in one case a box of free eggs!
Motorways and roads covered in this first edition are the M1, M3, M4, M5, M6, M11, A1, A12, A14, A30, A38 and the A303.