There’s quite a few good truckstops on the M74 from Carlisle to Glasgow, and one of the better established ones is the ‘Fechan diner near Ecclefechan, just a few miles over the border from England and not far from Lockerbie.
The diner is accessed via a set of stairs above a workshops but on the ground floor there are showers, vending machines and a rest area. There is also an outside smoking area.
There is room for 40 or so diners inside at maximum capacity. The chefs use local free range eggs from a farm just four miles away and butcher sausages, freshly made at a butcher in Lockerbie.
There are three main breakfasts on offer. The biggest is the ‘Monster’ which gives you two rashers of bacon, two sausages, tomatoes, beans, a potato scone, mushrooms, fried egg, haggis, black pudding, toast, and tea or coffee. This costs £7.80.
Next is the full breakfast which comprises two rashers of bacon, two sausages, tomatoes, beans, potato scone, mushrooms, fried egg, toast, and tea or coffee for £6.20.
The half breakfast is two rashers of bacon, two sausages, eggs, two slices of toast, and tea or coffee. This costs £5.20. Extra items are available on request.
A breakfast omelette is available, filled with bacon, sausage, black pudding, potato and onion for £5.00. This comes with tea or coffee.
There is also a selection of breakfast baguettes with the half breakfast option costing £5.10, scrambled eggs and bacon £4.20, BLT £4.00 and meat feast (bacon and sausage) £5.40.
If you prefer a roll to a baguette, the breakfast roll has two rashers of bacon, two sausages, potato scone and an egg for £4.10.
Bacon and eggs will set you back £2.75 and a light breakfast of cereal or porridge, two slices of toast, orange juice and tea or coffee costs £3.70.
Cereal or porridge costs £1.70 and two slices of toast with butter or preserve is just £1.10.
There is a wide selection of snack-type meals. Hot snacks are a variety of rolls, sandwiches and baguettes including bacon, sausage and fried egg fillings from £1.60. Toasties cost from £3.20.
A jacket potato with cheese and beans is £4.30. Cold snacks are also comprised of rolls, sandwiches and baguettes and include cheese, ham, egg mayo, tuna mayo, chicken mayo and prawn mayo from £1.60.
Soup and a roll is £2.10 or there is an option to have soup with half a filled baguette for just £2.80. Various items are available on toast and start from £2.50.
The cooks make a fresh pot of soup every day, from traditional pea and ham, to the more exotic spicy pumpkin
The main meals run from £3.90 to £8.80. Options are fish and chips for £7.00, scampi and chips for £7.60, grilled rump steak for £8.80, gammon steak for £7.60 and a deluxe burger for £6.60. There are a variety of salads available – cheese, ham, tuna or prawn, chicken and mixed from £4.60. Omelette and chips with the following fillings – plain, cheese, mushroom, cheese and onion, ham and cheese and mixed – are available from £3.90. There is also a daily specials board.
Light meals, sold with tea or coffee, comprise egg and chips, sausage or bacon and chips, sausage or bacon with chips and beans, ham, egg and chips, Scotch pie and chips, a quarter pounder and omelettes with various fillings. Prices start from £3.40.
There are dessert specials, offered daily. Tea is £1.00, with coffee for £1.10 and a hot chocolate is £1.40. Cans of drink start at 85p, bottles at £1.25 and a choice of confectionary is also available to purchase.
The café is open on Mondays to Fridays from 0600-2100, while at weekends it is open from 0730 until 1300.
There’s parking for about 34 artics. The first three hours of parking are free then it costs £12 to park for the night or £17 with a meal voucher. Changeovers are £4.80 and two nights weekend parking is £19.20. The site is protected by CCTV and a Security Guard. There is also a truck wash available from Monday 0700 for 24 hours until Saturday 1300. The site accepts SNAP customers and drivers can pay for their parking with their fuel card.
There are showers – at £1.50 for 12 minutes – with separate ladies facilities, TV vending machines, a library and free wi-fi and the site accepts contactless payment. There is also a self-service laundry for those drivers away for extended periods. They also sell toiletries, basic medicines and platers from a vending machine
If drivers are running late, they can phone ahead to place a meal order by calling 01576 300500 and pressing option 4.
It also sells a range of trucker essentials, including toiletries, truck consumables – such as bulbs, tacho rolls, and phone chargers – and in-cab supplies such as kettles, CB equipment, TV aerials, converters and a large range of cab cleaning equipment.
This a very clean site, and the food was excellent and is certainly one of the best of the many truckstops on the M74.
The ‘fechan Diner
Old Burnswark Station, J19 M74 Ecclefechan, Lockerbie, DG11 3JD