British restaurant food has improved tremendously in recent years, but roadside catering has lagged woefully behind. It's hardly any wonder that so many motorists choose to go hungry rather than eat the mediocre, poor-value fare offered at most motorway restaurants.
The Guild of Food Writers, Britain's leading organisation of writers and broadcasters on all matters relating to food, knows that we can eat better while travelling. Motorway catering may be the pits for pit stops, but outstanding food can be found with just a short detour from many main roads. That's why we are delighted to work with Europcar, the largest car hire company in the UK on this Roadside Gastro Guide: 20 restaurants of high quality that motorists can enjoy by driving no more than 20 minutes from a main road.
The establishments here cover a fantastic range from roadside stands to stately homes. They swathe much of the country, and include both celebrated restaurants and little gems known largely to locals. I hope they convey the message that being in your car doesn't mean giving up good food. You just need to know where to look - and our Roadside Gastro Guide is the perfect place to start.
Clarissa Hyman - Chair of the Guild of Food Writers