Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston, M6
1 mile from motorway
Between junctions 32 and 33 on the M6, take a 2 minute detour in your new lease to Barton Grange Garden Centre. Surrounded by the Lancashire countryside, you’ll soon forget all about the chaos of the motorway. As well as the scent of blooming flowers, you’ll be greeted by not one but two restaurants. The Riverside Cafe serves sandwiches stuffed with delicious local ingredients, soups to warm you up on winter drives and tasty cakes and pastries. For table service and a real escape from your motorway journey, head to the Willow Restaurant. The centre offers free parking and is the ideal stop for anyone travelling north or south.
Spokesperson Kate Ford said: “Apart from just taking the opportunity to visit the garden centre that’s been named best in the UK for the past six years, there are lots of reasons to stop here.
“We have a self-service café and a restaurant so you can choose to have a quick snack or a more leisurely meal. Our café sells takeaway coffees and there’s a farm shop on the way out for grabbing snacks for the journey, or a delicious locally made ice cream. If you need a gift to take to your destination or for loved ones back home, you’ll definitely find something here.”
The Trentham Estate, M6
1.5 miles from motorway
Take Junction 15 on the M6 and within a few minutes you’ll find yourself at The Trentham Estate. As well as its award-winning gardens, shopping village, garden centre and numerous restaurants, the estate’s monkey forest is home to 140 free-roaming Barbary macaques. Just five minutes from the motorway, this is well worth the small detour.
“If you’re looking for a short stop on a long journey, then Staffordshire’s Trentham Shopping Village is the perfect alternative to a service station pit stop,” says Amanda Dawson, marketing and promotions manager at The Trentham Estate. “Indulge in a little retail therapy, thanks to over 60 individual shops, with even more to come from summer 2017, plus 17 cafes ranging from ice cream parlours to gourmet pies, and all with al fresco tables available.
"The award-winning Trentham Gardens, part of the 725 acre estate, also provide a chance to really stretch those legs during a break – offering everything from beautiful floral displays to stunning parkland with walks not only through the gardens or woodland, but also around the mile-long lake."
The Trentham Estate is dog friendly, so your beloved pet won’t miss out on the fun. Amanda added: “Dogs are very welcome in the gardens, as long as they are on leads, while several of the cafes are dog-friendly both inside the eateries and on the terraces.”