Schlepping up and down the length of the UK is part and parcel of being in the trade.
Your van is your castle, but sometimes you do need to pop out for a meal deal or a stretch your legs.
But where do you start when it comes to choosing the right service station? No fear – BOB’s here with the lowdown on the best.
If you’re travelling to or from Scotland, Tebay on the M6 in Cumbria is an obvious choice for a stop off. It really is a cut above when it comes to service stations – set in beautiful scenery and with its own farm shop to boot. You can even get a decent Sunday roast and there’s a hotel if you like it so much you fancy a mini break.
If you fancy scoffing down some fast food on the M6 in Staffordshire while sitting in a motorway bridge as the traffic hurtles by below you, Keele is the place to go. If you don’t fancy getting out of the van, but you’re desperate for a brew, you can head to the drive-thru.
A lovely services with a lake, a fountain and a pub (soft drinks only if you’re behind the wheel!) on the M40 in Buckinghamshire. Great if you fancy discovering your inner zen while on a 12 hour round trip… you do don’t you?
Want a services designed with architectural flair that looks like the home of the Teletubbies? Of COURSE you do. Get yourself to Gloucester on the M5. It even has dog walking routes if trade’s best friend is accompanying you on a job.
If you’ve got a really big van, you might be able to get away with pretending it’s a lorry and hanging out with the truckers on the lorry park. If you don’t have a lorry, at least you can get a cracking game of Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry out of it.