Mr B and I are fans of the holiday road trip, and our recent holiday took us all the way down to Essex, London and a family wedding in Northampton.
Before embarking on such a trip we usually fill the car with fruit snacks, a couple of posh bags of crisps (IMO these are Sea salt and balsamic vinegar kettle chips) and some extra strong mints or pan drops. That lot obviously wouldn’t get us down to Essex (600 miles/9 hours) in a good state, so we do have to make at least one stop to eat. If we want to eat in, there’s not a lot of choice between KFC, McDs or Costa and Starbucks, and I find that fast food just makes me feel a bit sluggish – I’m sure that most people just want a quick break before continuing their journey so each to their own (and I of course can very much be tempted by a sneaky McFlurry on a hot day). That is, unless you stop at Junction 38 of the M6 – for what I think is the best services stop in England*!
( *I have written a post at Foodies 100 concentrating on some of the best independent Highland holiday stop offs here)
Tebay Services has both stations on the north and southbound carriageways of the M6, and we stopped at both of them on the respective legs of our journey. Now it’s not cheap, but the food is going to be a lot more nutritional than a Big Mac, and you can get a main meal for under £10. Plus the views are pretty scenic, you might almost forget that you’re embarking on a long distance drive!
There’s plenty of seating, everything is neatly arranged, including the autumnal display of pumpkins and of course (importantly) there’s a dedicated cake table!
Even the ducks enjoy the visitors!
On to the food! Tebay offer hot meals, which all looked lovely (these included a roast, a range of curries, and burgers). As we knew we would be heading for a meal in Glasgow that evening (did you see my post on Kool Ba?) we went for the salad and sandwich option. Mr B went for a filled foccacia (chicken, bacon and local cheddar) with his choice of three accompanying salads.
I chose different salads to go with my smoked salmon and cream cheese filling, in a sunflower seeded roll.
So many of the ingredients are locally/UK sourced, and we really didn’t take too long to eat up all of the wholesomeness! Before too long it was of course time to treat ourselves to a slice of cake. Mr B’s fruit slice was packed with fruit, yet was quite sturdy for him to eat without the pastry falling apart. I tried the coffee and hazelnut cake which was topped with salted caramel buttercream. The cake was unbelievably light yet the buttercream had a good sweet/salted flavour with the caramel drizzle and hazelnut pieces.
After our stop, there was time to wander through the farm shop, and take in a final glance at the view before continuing our journey once more, suitably (but not uncomfortably) full! If you don’t have time to stop, there is a takeaway counter with soup, sandwiches and salads to eat on the go.
This is not a sponsored post. I just think Tebay is an excellent place to stop on a long drive and more people should know about it!