M6, Junction 38-39; 0 minutes
Mon–Sun 24 hours
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Electric car charging
The mothership of good motorway services, Tebay sits amid the pitching, fern-dabbled Cumbrian hills, a paragon of pit stops. In the Kitchen, delicious home-cooked food is heaped upon counters: sausage rolls, shortbreads, sausage and mash, frittata, sweet potato chilli and wedges of cake. Sup your coffee or freshly-squeezed juice by the picture windows and watch the famous Tebay ducks dabbling in the pond, while the kids frolic in the play area in the corner. On sunny days a BBQ is fired up on the terrace.
Before you leave, stock up at the Farmshop a wonderland of Cumbrian produce and covetable gifts: jams made from forest fruit, homemade pies, toffees from Penrith and artisan focaccias; the butchery counter stocks beef and lamb from the family farm. The shop is supplied by over 70 local producers within 30 miles of the services, many exclusive to Tebay. Order ahead and a cool bag will await you on arrival.
At the back, you’ll find a hotel where ski-lodge chic intermingles with excellent food, smiley service and more of those wonderful views.