The Westmorland journey began when they were the first family run motorway services on the UK roads. There are no franchises or fast food on their forecourts. Instead, a Farmshop selling locally produced food, a Butchery featuring meat reared from their 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 they do. They believe proper food matters. So they 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. Listen to Sarah Dunning, CEO of Westmorland as she shares her thoughts on what makes their family business what it is today in an interview with Rob Gray from Squad who we were delighted to partner in producing this piece.