I accept that very few people ever travel to a service station to experience the food. Aside from Heston’s Little Chef experiment, our roadside eateries are, on the whole, places known only for over-priced stodge, unclean toilet facilities and burger chains.
She says: “Inside, a family-run farm shop is stocked with local cheese, meat, homemade pies and hampers. The cooked food is all sustainable this and Fairtrade that. The kiddies menu is a revelation – not a chicken nugget in sight. And there is a children’s play area and ‘family lounge’ that isn’t just a bunch of tired-looking plastic toys but is decked out with a farmland-themed climbing frame, tunnel and slide.”
Not having children to worry about, I’ve never been in this strange world of its family lounge but have memories of getting a proper meal in the restaurant there – sushi and roast quail if I remember rightly.
Having been the butt of many family jokes for taking Himself to this service station for a birthday meal, it was good to see that I’m not the only one who found the place worth a visit.
It seems Tebay is still the exception that proves the nasty road stop rule.