Whenever I’m driving from London to Edinburgh, or back again, the highlight of my journey is, without doubt, a visit to the Westmorland Farm Shop at the Tebay Services. It might seem strange that I’m recommending a rest stop on the M6 but believe me, this is one motorway convenience like no other. The café serves wholesome, British favourites made using ingredients sourced from the adjoining farm. I always grab a seat by the window overlooking the duck pond and Howgill Fells.
Then, once I’m suitably refreshed from the food and the view, I can’t resist a wander around the shop. It’s a celebration of our country’s best artisan produce. Here, I like to fill my basket with delights for the onward journey – Saddleback pork scotch eggs from The Handmade Scotch Egg Company, a wild venison and cranberry pie from The Pie Mill, Cumberland farmhouse cheese from the Thornby Moor Dairy and something sweet from the table laden with homemade cakes from the Kendal Ginger Bakers. Delicious!
Images courtesy of Westmorland Farm Shop