The nation’s obsession with pies appears to be growing week by week with them being elevated to heights beyond what has ever been witnessed. Not so long ago these pastry casings filled with delights had fallen out of favour to some extent no doubt due to the lack of quality pies available. Every pie available in shops and stalls seemed to be 100% pure soggy pastry, no seasoning and in some cases, well just a case and practically no filling.
Thank goodness decent, in fact, truly delicious pies can now be found in farmers markets, in local stores and on restaurant and pub menus. A pie is now not a poor man’s choice but a handcrafted delight with traditional yet tasty flavours as well as some exciting twists. Above all a pie filling can follow the seasons, constantly of the moment.
This is something the Tebay Services Hotel know only too well, adhere to and worship. Every week is pie week with a different, changing “Pie of the Week” each week. It’s even more exciting for them and of course their diners as the majority of the meat used in the pies comes from their own farm, the Westmorland Family farm at Orton. Regular guests of the hotel of which there are many, especially business travellers, have the chance to sample a different pie each time they stay and for a great price too. A little birdie tells me the chips are very good too, all served with lashings of gravy. Look out for the blackboard for the current weeks’ pie. A filling that appears quite frequently due to demand is the Galloway beef shin slow cooked with local ale and root veg. Again, this is Westmorland Family’s own reared Galloway beef.
The restaurant and bar at the Tebay Services Hotel is open to non-residents as well as residents daily. Bed & breakfast starts from just £79 and look out for the seasonal special dinner, bed & breakfast rates available at various times during the year.