A new survey by Which? has ranked all three motorway service areas owned and operated by a south Cumbrian Family the best in the UK.

Gloucester Services, Tebay Services and Cairn Lodge Services took first, second and third place respectively in a survey that included nearly 70 service stations conducted by the consumer champion.

The Westmorland Family operates a uniquely different model from standard motorway service areas. The family-owned business is devoted to local sourcing and has no fast-food chains or franchises at its services. Instead its service stations have Farmshops selling locally produced food and drink and Kitchens serving freshly cooked dishes made from scratch using real ingredients, including local produce.

Which? reveals its best and worst service stations as UK holidaymakers prepare to hit the road this summer. It surveyed more than 2,700 members covering around 5,600 experiences at almost 70 motorway service stations across the UK. Members rated them on various criteria, including range of facilities, prices, and ease of social distancing.

Tebay Services on the M6 in Cumbria received praise for the freshly prepared food on offer in the Kitchen and for sale in the Farmshop.

The Westmorland Family’s service stations have remained true to the principles on which its founders, Cumbrian farmers John and Barbara Dunning, opened Tebay Services in 1972 after the M6 was built across their land. They welcomed drivers with freshly cooked meals and sought to share prosperity with their neighbours by sourcing locally as much as possible. Today Tebay Services supports more than 70 producers within a 30-mile radius.

Westmorland Family CEO Nabil Subuh said: “We’re so very proud of our colleagues and suppliers.”