"There’s a saying that sums up the resourcefulness of a hill farmer in this part of the world, ‘It’s a bare hillside that he’ll cross over on which he won’t find something he’ll make use of.”
John Dunning – founder of Westmorland
We are a second generation family business, which started in 1972 when the M6 was built through the Dunning family's hill farm in Cumbria and Tebay Services was born. Our farm still feeds our business and our farm heritage is important in everything we do.
We have a straightforward, honest approach to food and farming. We are not driven by trends but by tradition.
We endeavour to always do what’s right for our animals, our people, our land and our community.
Beef and lamb from our farm is served in our Hotel, our Cumbrian Kitchens and sold in our Cumbrian Farmshops.
We raise our animals as they have been raised over generations. We treat them with the respect they deserve. We do not cut corners.
Just outside Tebay village, we farm 1,000 acres of upland. Our farmland, High Chapel, was once home to a monastic cell where the monks carved out an existence on the banks of Chapel Beck, a tributary of the nearby River Lune. Chapel Farm was bought by the John Dunning’s parents in the 1940s, although the family had been farming in the locality for many generations.
The area became a designated national park, the Westmorland Dales, in 2016. Part of the Yorkshire Dales, we’re confident that the newly designated area will ensure that this beautiful part of the country, its people and animals and way of life is protected for future generations.
Farming in these hills has never been, and is still not, easy. A combination of the rural location and frequent difficult weather conditions make working the land hard and at times nearly impossible, nearby Shap Fell receives the highest rainfall in England. The area is described as severely disadvantaged so the wider business is proud to offer year-round employment opportunities for local people.
Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.
We often have vacancies during lambing time or if you want to learn more about working with us at the farm, please get in touch using the contact details below.