Our Story

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.
Proper food with locality and a sense of belonging is at the very heart of everything we do. We believe proper food matters. So we serve it where you’d least expect it—on the motorway.

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

The Dunning’s viewed the M6 not as the death of their farm, but the beginning of a whole new chapter in how they ran the farm—and that ethos of innovation and a desire to do things properly defines the Westmorland Family businesses.

Forty six 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.

Quality local food was at the core of John Dunning’s vision when we opened Tebay Services. Back then it was visionary. Today, we’re part of a local food revolution.

In May 2014, we opened Gloucester Services. The opportunity to open Gloucester Services originated with Mark Gale, CEO of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, driven to find a means of creating sustainable income and job opportunities for local communities. The partnership we have set up with the Trust enables us to donate a percentage of our sales, excluding fuel, each year back into the community.

We are a food business and Gloucestershire and its surrounding counties are practically unrivalled in the quality and abundance of their food produce. We are delighted to be able to offer a real taste of the South West and its unique produce.

For more information about the Westmorland Family click here.