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This Week's Saturday Film - 19th May 2012

18 May 2012 / News / Events / Film

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) 12A
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Jared Harris

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson (Jude Law), take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holmes’s older brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Sim (Noomi Rapace).

Review by Philip French The Observer, Sunday 18 December 2011

Film starts 8pm

Join us for a Pizza and Pint for £7.95

More information here – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) IMDb

Coniston Brewery - our 2 new beers that we're trialling.

16 May 2012 / News / Beer

We’ve added two new outstanding beers to our bar, both coming from the excellent Coniston Brewing Co.

Bluebird Bitter

Bluebird Bitter
3.6% ABV
This is a tried and tested very popular Bitter, an award winning session ale with a golden colour and light, clean, quality taste.

Donald Campbell’s Bluebird was recovered in 2001 from Coniston Water where she had lain since the dramatic world record attempt of over 300mph on the 4th of January 1967.

Thurstein Pilsner

Thurstein Pilsner
4.8% ABV
This is a Pilsner Style top fermented Lager using hops from Southern Germany, creating an authentic crisp, clean, Continental style matured beer. Named after the name given to Coniston Water by Norse settlers

You can read the brewers own notes here

We’re hoping that they will prove popular and become a regular feature.

This Week's Saturday Film - 12th May 2012

11 May 2012 / Events / Film

127 Hours (2010) (15)
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

127 Hours Poster

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?

Film starts 8pm

More information here – 127 Hours (2010) IMDb

New Website Layout Is Now Live

10 May 2012 / Business / News / Website

Our blog site has now been integrated.

Welcome to our new website design

We hope that you like what we’ve done and don’t get too lost. Please let us know if you experience any problems.

We’ve now integrated all our old blog posts and made the booking / offers functionality more visible.

More content areas and new photographs will be coming soon.

Our old blog site will remain visible for the time being at


We’re one year old!

18 February 2012 / Business / Planning / Website / Project Thorney

We moved as a family to Thorney How, Grasmere from Old Forge Cottage, Kentmere exactly one year ago today, so we’re feeling in a celebratory mood.

There’s so much that has happened in a year. Both of us have been made redundant from our former roles and thankfully Thorney How has had a successful first 12 months.

Taking on an old building and all the cast off hostel fittings from the YHA has been no easy journey. Opening for business after just 8 weeks was also a major undertaking, but this enabled us to complete a first season, listen to our customers and get to know the building thoroughly.

Three staff joined us during the year. Al and Julia have both moved on to other things, our Chef Robin remains with us and we have now begun recruiting for the 2012 season.

#ProjectThorney continues with many areas now redecorated and two key areas the Dining Room and our outside drainage works almost complete. As a nice bonus the family will also have its own shower room completed imminently.

Planning has proven to be our Achilles heel this year, taking a lot longer to submit than anticipated and we are now ‘in dialogue’ with the planning board over our proposals. Which means that the plans have not been rejected outright, but that there are areas of concern that we need to now reach a compromise over. However this now means more time and energy being spent on this rather than other things. But we’re confident that it will be worth it in the end.

Thorney How blog will be moving soon to join an upgraded version of our existing website at allowing us to integrate our news and progress updates with our main general information content, offers, diary of events and booking system.

Recent guests Sakhioba sing the Rydal Caves

29 November 2011 / Events / Arts / Culture / Guests

On their day off from their UK tour, our Georgian guests find time for some rehearsal in an unusual location and an impromptu audience. We love the acoustics and the dog barking at the end.

“Sakhioba were visiting the Lake District and after a walk through the hills from Grasmere we came to Rydal Caves where they sang. We gathered our audience on the way – mostly a school party from Swindon who were staying in a hostel at Coniston.” David Burbage,

Beer of the month – Thirst Noel

25 November 2011 / News / Food

The first of our new Beer’s of the Month is Thirst Noel from the Keswick Brewery

Thirst Noel from the Keswick Brewery

Obviously this is a seasonal offering and is tailored towards dark evenings by a warm snug fire.

They say:

‘A Dark Rich Malty Christmas Ale. Made using a combination of five malts and a blend of traditional and spicy hops’ – A Dark Rich Christmas Ale ABV6%

Drink Britain Website says:

‘Fantastically aromatic, with violets, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, it’s incredible to think that this all comes from the blend of hops. The palate sports a complex mix of dark roasted malts, with vanilla coffee flavours, spicy fruitcake, and bitter coffee on the finish.

We’re in casserole country here. Or rich tangy cheeses. Or a log fire. Or a cold night…’

It might be a bit too sweet for some, but then this is a beer for Christmas. Very easy drinking with a gentle kick. We’ll try and get some additional customer feedback. Then I’m off to try another new beer. It’s a tough job and someone’s got to do it.

Impromptu culture enhancing your stay

16 November 2011 / Arts / Culture

It’s great that we have had so many cultured visitors over the last few months all adding an extra something to the social ambience of an independent hostel.

This can bring an unexpected extra element to an evening spent here. Our piano in particular is often put to good use, both instrumental and with vocals. We’ve been very impressed at the talent coaxing life out of our out of tune piano.

We’ve had several artists staying with us including Mark America undertaking a research leg in Cumbria as part of his development for a new mobile phone film project to be aired at Abandon Normal Devices in 2012.

Also poets courtesy of The Wild Women Press preparing for their Naked Muse Calendar in aid of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

Michael J Smith

Also a group of musicians from Holland here in the UK to play music by and in memory of Michael J Smith inspired by Wordsworth’s ‘The Prelude’.

Plus The Sakhioba Ensemble a traditional folk and church choir from Georgia (The Eastern European one).

Coast To Coast Blog by one of our guests June 2011

31 October 2011 / Hostelling / Walks / Coast To Coast

We enjoyed reading ‘Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk’ a blog by Paul Tinker who completed the walk with his mate Dave and dog Toby, June 5th-June 16th 2011.

Thorney How was their Grasmere stop over, glad you made it guys!

The Coast to Coast Walk is the brainchild of Alfred Wainwright. It crosses three National Parks, and includes some of England’s best loved scenery. It is generally considered best to start at St. Bees beside the Irish Sea. The walk then passes through the mountains of the Lake District, across the Pennines and down into Swaledale, then over The North York Moors and beyond to Robin Hood’s Bay and the east coast.

Thorney How in Grasmere is one of the primary stops along the walk as the path crosses right by our main entrance.

See The Blog Here

Coast To Coast

Lakeland Walker Magazine

24 October 2011 / Walks / Magazine

They say – ‘Lakeland Walker is the only walking magazine devoted to the Lake District’ – ‘The next best thing to being on the fells’

We like – Readers Photos

And the – Photo Competition – I’m guessing this editions photo is looking across Crummock Water from somewhere near the top of Crag Hill (s’OK competition has ended now!) Great photo by the way.

But they also have some great walking featrures and the 45 minute fixes with lots of helpful information.