Motorway services wins food prize

Motorway services wins food prize

A coveted award has been given to a motorway service station to recognise the quality of its food.

Tebay service station in Cumbria picked up the Grand Prix of Gastronomy from The British Academy of Gastronomes, a prize given annually for anyone who does the most to improve the UK's food quality.

The family-run services saw overall manager Sarah Dunning handed the award by Egon Ronay. The services, Mr Ronay said, had "maintained very high standards" since his first visit more than 20 years ago.

The renowned food critic marked out Tebay services' soups for special praise.

Sarah Dunning, chief executive of Westmorland Co Ltd, which owns Tebay services, said: "Our policy is to sustain local produce and make a constructive impact on the growth of local communities."

The service station's recipe for success is to keep its menu relatively small - but tasty. Staples include steak pie, macaroni cheese, fresh battered fish, Cumberland sausage, a variety of curries and locally made ice-cream.

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