Try the New Inn at Clapham (near Ingleton on the A65). Friendly pub, home-made food, a beautiful little village on the edge of the Dales National Park.
Worth the slight detour from the motorway.
Are you looking for somewhere to stay overnight, or just a nice spot for a meal and a stretch of the legs?
I'd definitely agree with the suggestion of the lakes. They are beautiful.
If you are having an overnight stop, and the weather is nice it is worth leaving the M6 at the south of the lakes and driving up through ambleside and north to Keswick. You can then carry on to Carlisle - a longer drive but more interesting. Options to stay depend on your pocket and prefernces Underscar Manor by Keswick is lovely but expensive - but there are some good B&Bs too.
If you are just driving past - it is definitely worth stopping at Tebay Services on the m6 (the only UK motorway service station I'd say that of). It gives interesting info on the lake district and has a really wonderful local food shop - see www.westmorland.com/static/Farm_Shops.htm for some ideas.
We would probably be stopping for the night since the drive looks like it's a fairly long one.
If you don't want to stay so far away from the motorway there is the guest house beckfoot near penrith - have a look at www.beckfoot.co.uk/index.html - not too far to drive. I haven't stayed there but it seems nice
In the same area if you want luxury there is the Sharrow Bay - www.sharrowbay.co.uk - I've had an amazing meal there, when I lived in the lake district, but never had the chance to stay.
I imagine it would take around eight hours if you factor in stops for a meal and other necessities. www.theaa.com will give you route details, a map and journey timings by stage. Also it will show you where the petrol and refreshments stops are.
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