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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-02 13:32
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I see that a certain motorway service station has won the 2009 British Academy of Gastronomes' Grand Prix.

Those who know anything about motorway food in this country might be surprised. On the other hand, those who have visited the place in question will not be surprised at all, as Tebay Service Station is vastly better than any other such establishment anywhere else on this island.

It also has a totally dangerous shop, being one of only two places I've ever encountered Stinking Bishop.

ETA: Dangerous to my wallet, that is.
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Jonathan Lewis-Jones
User: j_lj
Date: 2009-11-02 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was not at all impressed with the quality of the food at the restaurant at Tebay on my last visit. Nothing was fresh, all they had were re-heated ready meals and cold oven ready chips.

The shop on the other hand is very good.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-02 14:07 (UTC)
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Good grief, I wonder what went wrong that day.

(I'm happy that I've not visited on such a day.)
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nojay
User: nojay
Date: 2009-11-02 17:32 (UTC)
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You do know there are two service stations at Tebay? There's the one(s) just up the start of the Shap with the cutesy-pie shop and the ducks and crap parking facilities for anything bigger than a Dinky toy, and then there are the real Tebay services at the bottom of the hill, take the Brougham exit, go over the sheep grid, turn left at the roundabout and left again, can't miss it since the car park is full of 18-wheeler wagons and there's a 24-hour repair shop that can straighten out a tipped tanker while you wait. You can get pie and chips or double-pie and double chips, twice if you want it and nobody will look at you funny. The coffee comes in buckets and free refills, tastes dreadful and is just what you need at three in the morning and another three hours to the Tesco disributor in Glasgow, all of it uphill with an overloaded trailer full of baked beans and own-brand cornflakes behind you.

I like (the real) Tebay services, not for the food but for the ambience. No screaming kids for starters. No ducks either.
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Doing simply dreadful things too
User: clanwilliam
Date: 2009-11-02 14:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Really? That does surprise me - the food there is amazing, to the extent that my mother in law not only expects us to stop there on her way to visit her, but plans her own driving trips south to coincide with a meal at Tebay (she's an hour and a half away, so it's also a good time to call her when about to leave there).
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User: khrister
Date: 2009-11-02 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmm...the Wikipedia page mentions Époisses de Bourgogne as another stinky cheese...I believe that's the cheese that I brought to our midsummer party this year. I was practically the only one to eat it. The host couple claimed that they could smell it through the fridge door the next day.

I wouldn't mind trying Stinky Bishop some time. :)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-02 14:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's definitely interesting. I tend to love blue cheeses the most, and Stinking Bishop isn't a cheese I'd want every day, but as an occasional treat, it's rather fine.
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2009-11-02 21:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tebay has always been a fantastic place to stop, an unbelievable find, etc. Stinking Bishop can be readily sourced in the covered market in Oxford, and on the dodgier cheese stall in the Cambridge market. The deli round the corner from Sweeney's in Reading also does it, not that I have an unerring instinct for seeking it out at all, oh no ;-)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-03 09:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's also available at the Bury Lane Fruit Farm Shop, just o'er the hill in Melbourn. But that shop is just as dangerous as the one at Tebay.

(Case in point: Christmas before last, I popped out to get some King Edwards and a stalk of fresh Brussels sprouts. I came back with a wallet £70+ lighter.)
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Earth-bound misfit
User: captainlucy
Date: 2009-11-03 00:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Any time I've ever headed to England by coach, I've always looked forward to stopping at Tebay, the food is wonderful and the shop is brilliant (though, as you say, somewhat dangerous to the bank balance)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-03 09:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been driving back down that route of a Sunday morning, and come round one bend to stand descending into a valley, only to find the valley has become a sea of mist ahead of us.

Quite stunningly beautiful.
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