News & Awards
2nd Apr 2022
Tebay Services is delighted to announce a seconds six-part Channel 4 series that will broadcast from 9 April at 8pm*.
A Lake District Farmshop is a six-part Channel 4 series celebrating 50 years of trailblazing Tebay Services in Cumbria, Britain’s most scenic motorway services devoted to local sourcing on the M6 motorway.
Set up in 1972 by local farmers John and Barbara Dunning, Tebay Services was the first and remains part of the only family-run motorway services business in the UK. With 4.5 million visitors each year, Tebay Services is a lifeline to the local community and a delight to the visitors who stop to enjoy its Farmshop & Kitchen.
Tebay has always done things differently and the series offers warm hearted insights into how this pioneering business operates. The series covers important topics including regenerative farming, recycling, food tourism and making craft artisan products from waste wool.
Sarah Dunning, Chair of the Westmorland Family, which owns and operates Tebay Services, explains: “We’re all very excited for the second series, the first series offered a tremendous boost for our wider supplier family, it’s a great privilege to share these stories with the wider world.”
“Quality local food was at the forefront of my parents’ vision when we opened 50 years ago, but it is the people behind the produce and our enduring relationships with our makers that gives our business direction. Local produce, local landscapes and communities have been at the very heart of our business today.”
The six-part programme, which starts on 9th of April at 8pm* and runs for six weeks, follows Tebay’s team of buyers, farmers, butchers, builders, designers, cleaners and suppliers and shares some of the connections and special relationships between people living and working in the Lake District.
The Lockdown Brewers
Fate brought together 4 brewers, made redundant at the beginning of the pandemic to set up new brewery, Lakes Brew. We follow their story of collaboration and friendship as the team see their beers hit the shelves at Tebay.
Undervalued waste wool from the farm is transformed into a Tebay Tweed with a local weaver Laura Rosenzweig. Buyer Tracey Clowes follows a series of “nearly lost” craft processes from scouring, spinning and the weaving a bespoke design inspired by the Cumbrian countryside.
Tebay sells millions of cups of coffee at the services, which brings the problem of single use cup waste. The show follows the story from bean to recycled cup, all done locally with Croppers papers and artisan coffee suppliers Carvetti.
Craft Cola Maker
Newly crowned Michelin chef Ben Queenfryer’s business is given a lockdown lifesaver as they make a range of natural colas for the services as the team swap mass market brands for local alternatives.
James Dean is the softly spoken night shift worker at Tebay’s Junction 36 Truck Stop. His manager discovers he has a talent for drawing and with the help of Tebay’s buying team James sets about to design a series of cards to celebrate 50 years of Tebay.
The Cash Cow
Maria Benjamin and her Jersey Cow Buttercup make a range of natural soaps sold at the services. They’re pitching a new range of natural dog shampoos to “Quench the Stench” and the farm’s sheep dog Parsnip gives them a test run.