The services’ story begins in 1972 when John & Barbara Dunning, Cumbrian hill farmers, set up Tebay Services when the M6 cut through their farm. They opened a small 30 seat café serving home cooked, locally sourced food.

We were the first family run motorway services on the UK roads. There are no franchises or fast food on our forecourts. Instead, a Farmshop selling locally produced food, a butchery featuring meat reared from our own farms and a Kitchen serving homemade dishes produced daily using local ingredients.

In 1976 our Hotel opened, serving home-cooked food to enjoy alongside beautiful views of the surrounding fells and comfortable rooms to enjoy a great night’s sleep in the heart of this wild landscape.

Forty-five years on and we are still here, still family owned, still farming and still with a fierce passion for, and a pride in, our landscape, our people, our environment and its products.

We are uniquely located on the doorstep of the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales, making us the perfect place to explore both.

Explore and see stunning lakes, mountains, and scenery everywhere you turn. There’s also an array of fantastic attractions, restaurants, pubs, and shops. For more information on the area visit

Some other useful links:

Go Lakes

Walking World

Visit Eden

Hidden Howgills

Walke Eden