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Oblivion - This Week's Film

30 January 2014 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 1st February
Oblivion (2013) – 124 min PG-13
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough
Genres – Action | Adventure | Mystery
A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Oblivion Film Poster
One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.

53% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.’

Review by Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian, Wednesday 10 April 2013

‘Oblivion goes on for a long time, moving slowly and self-consciously, and it looks like a very expensive movie project that has been written and rewritten many times over. It is a shame: Cruise, Riseborough and Kurylenko as the last love triangle left on Planet Earth should have been quite interesting.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Oblivion (2013) IDMB


The Impossible - This Week's Film

16 December 2013 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 21st December
The Impossible (2012) – 114 min PG-13
Director: J.A. Bayona
Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
Genres – Drama | History | Thriller
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Impossible - Film Poster

A regular family – Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three kids – travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them?

81% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘The screenplay isn’t quite as powerful as the direction or the acting, but with such an astonishing real-life story at its center, The Impossible is never less than compelling.’

Review by Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian, Thursday 27 December 2012

‘Ewan McGregor produces a sledgehammer performance as a father floundering in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in an intelligent drama by the makers of The Orphanage’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – The Impossible IDMB


Curry Feast at Thorney How

16 December 2013 / Food / Guests

Kendal based Curry Club members joined us here at Thorney How for a Curry Feast as part of their regular monthly Friday nights out. A Curry Feast is one of the options available to groups of 10 or more, also available to non residents.

Breakfast- morning after the Curry Club feast

This was the groups 58th Curry Club night out and the second one hosted here at Thorney How.

Popular favourites on the menu, prepared by our regular chef Stephen, included:

Poppadoms
Chicken Madras
Beef Rogan Josh
Vegetable Samosas
Kachumber salad
Pilau Rice
Phool Gobi
Naan Bread

A great evening and sampling the various local ales was enjoyed by all. Plus after an over night stay our Full English breakfast set everyone up for a day out on the fells.

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Star Trek: Into Darkness - This week's Film

31 October 2013 / Events / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 2nd November
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)- 132 min PG-13
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg
Genres – Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

Star Trek - Film Poster

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

87% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it’s not as fresh as its predecessor.’

Review by Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian, Thursday 9 May 2013

‘JJ Abrams’ new Trek instalment is as glitzy as his first, but it’s the arrival of Benedict Cumberbatch as a mysterious new foe that fuels this outing for the Enterprise’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) IDMB


Green Tourism Week

27 October 2013 / Business / Guests / Sustainability

To celebrate Green Tourism Week (4th-10th November), Independent Hostels UK (IHUK) have teamed up with the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) to highlight businesses with the Green Tourism award on the Independent Hostel Guide website and in the 2014 guide and to encourage businesses with an Eco outlook to consider applying for GTBS grading.

Read more here from IHUK

Electric Car Charging

Some responses to questions from us here at Thorney How:

What motivated you to go down the “eco” route?

This has always been something that we have been keen to do. Having spent a lot of time in the natural environment it seems a straightforward step to want to care for it in whatever way we can too. We’ve always sought to choose eco options, in our domestic and working lives from growing our own food where we can, to always using green energy solutions and providers.

What has been the biggest change you have made to your accommodation?

Thorney How is a grade 2 listed building, we have spent much of the last two years since we took Thorney How over from the YHA consulting with professionals, attending courses and generally researching the eco options that are available to us. As an older building some of these options do not make much sense, and we are limited with our grade 2 listing from many structural alterations, including replacing the single glazed windows and installing solar panels.

Some form of heat replacement was the only real sensible option. The building does get cold and is draughty (high winds outside) in winter and our current night storage heaters are both expensive to run and woefully poor at delivering the right heat at the right time.

Our first task was a new drainage system at the front of the property in 2012. Then after a 4 month build programme we commissioned our new Biomass Boiler in April 2013. The new boiler uses sustainable wood pellets in a very efficient system that generates hot water for both showers and central heating. We have had to completely reinvent the wet system for the building, this is itself a big and messy job. Currently this is now working for the newly refurbished bunkhouse and will be extended to the main house this winter.

What do your customers think of your green credentials?

Many of our guests have commented on our use of electric bikes, the car charging points, the LED lighting and recycling points as these are the more visible interventions around the building. Several have been on mini tours around the new wood pellet boiler. But in the main sustainability does not feature highly in travellers choices at the moment.

This does surprise me still, all too often guests do not display behaviours that are consistent with nurturing the environment that they are here to enjoy.

We actively encourage guests to adopt sustainable choices when they visit us, to consider their use of energy in the building, in recycling their waste and in considering their travel options. We can only hope to encourage more people to build eco awareness into their travel lifestyles.


The Cat Returns - This week's film

23 October 2013 / Events / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 26th October
The Cat Returns (2005 UK) – 75 min (U)
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Starring: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda
Genres – Animation | Adventure | Comedy
After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

The Cat Returns - Film Poster

A young girl rescues a mysterious cat from traffic and soon finds herself the unwelcome recipient of gifts and favors from the King of the Cats, who also wants her to marry his son, Prince Lune. With the assistance of a fat, grouchy real cat and a an elegant cat statuette come to life (both characters featured in Studio Ghibli’s earlier anime “Whisper of the Heart”), the girl visits the Cat Kingdom and narrowly escapes again.

94% Tomatometer

Review by Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian Friday 27 May 2005

A Japanese animation from the legendary Studio Ghibli (creators of Spirited Away), directed by Hiroyuki Morita. The story has a moderate charm, but is less baroque and ambitious than many Japanese animations. It’s probably best enjoyed if you are, as it were, a cat person.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – The Cat Returns (2005) IDMB


28 Weeks Later - This week's film

16 October 2013 / Events / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 19th October
28 Weeks Later (2007) – 100 min (18)
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle
Genres – Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

28 Weeks Later Film Poster

28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins… again.

71% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘While 28 Weeks Later lacks the humanism that made 28 Days Later a classic, it’s made up with fantastic atmosphere and punchy direction’

Review by Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph 11 May 2007
‘The sequel to ’28 Days Later’ is a gripping, precision-made stealth chiller which also lends itself to all sorts of surprising interpretations….’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – 28 Weeks Later (2007) IDMB


Life Of Pi - This week's film

5 October 2013 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 5th October
Life of Pi (2012) – 127 min
Director: Ang Lee
Starsring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Gérard Depardieu
Genres – Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Life Of Pi Film Poster

In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Rickard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive.

87% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Lee is a wizard, Life of Pi is an incredible spectacle and the technical effects are brilliant.’

Review by Philip French – The Observer, Sunday 23 December 2012
‘The versatile Ang Lee brings Yann Martel’s tale of shipwreck and spirituality to the big screen in magnificent fashion’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Life Of Pi (2012)IMDb


C-Art Exhibition - Debbie Yare

13 September 2013 / Arts / Culture / Photography

We are proud to be included in this years C-Art Open Studios, taking place 14th – 29th September 2013.

Thorney How is presenting the work of artist Debbie Yare.

We are open to the public daily from 12 midday to 5pm.

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C-Art Open Studios is a visual art and design festival that takes place across the Lake District and Cumbria every year. From the 14 – 29 September 2013, 162 artists, designers and independent galleries open their doors to the public, situated in some of the UK’s most picturesque towns and villages.

C-Art website

Thorney How on C-Art

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Debbie Yare

Fine Artist and Photographer
Specialising in contemporary landscapes

Debbie originally qualified as an Illustrator in 1994 and then completed her BA (Hons.) Degree in Fine Art in 2005.

THe exhibition at Thorney How features landscapes that she loves to visit particularly places near her home on Morecambe Bay in North West England.

Her love of walking, being outdoors and the landscapes that she finds have inspired her to produce a new series of paintings, drawings and photographs.

Debbie will be joining us at Thorney How on Sunday 15th September and Saturday 21st September. You can meet with her and talk about her work, techniques and ideas.

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You can find our more about Debbie’s work here:

Debbie Yare’s Blog

Debbie Yare’s Facebook Page

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High quality catering

24 August 2013 / Reviews / Food / Staff

Food is our top priority at Thorney how.

From the home grown summer fruits, salads and seasonal vegetables, to ensuring that all our suppliers are also locally sourcing their own produce.

If you’re staying with us, or just fancy dropping in for a bite to eat, we offer a distinctive menu of simple, wholesome, freshly prepared food. We’re just a short walk from the centre of Grasmere village and popular walks: Easedale Tarn & Helm Crag.

All our main course evening meals are priced £10, or just £13 when combining them with one of our tasty desserts. Evening meals are generally served 6.30pm to 7.30pm and should be pre-ordered.

We’re keen to promote locally sourced foods and all our ingredients are freshly prepared by our in house Chef, Stephen.

In Stephen’s own words:

“The two most important things about cooking great food are the simplest, the ingredients and the freshness. So, as a chef, to have these two things available in abundance makes for a wonderful working environment, and at Thorney How I’ve found one of the best places to work. To cook in a kitchen which overlooks its own vegetable and herb garden is an amazing privilege and one that not many chefs can boast about.”

Freshly grown garlic from the kitchen garden

We try and utilise some element of our freshly grown garden produce in all our meals depending on availability and the time of year. Our freshly grown produce ranges from herbs, to summer fruits, salads and seasonal veg such as broad beans and courgettes.

Stephen’s early career was as a student at Paul Heathcotes School of Excellence, under the guidance of Michelin starred Chef Andrew Barnes. Here the two key rules of ingredients and freshness were first imparted. Stephen was taught to ‘let the ingredients talk for themselves’ and that a Chefs’ job was to emphasise these flavours and not to stifle them with pretentiousness.

After Training in Manchester, Stephen and his wife Jennifer decided to move to Lake District and after many years working for hotels decided to open their own guesthouse in Windermere.

We’ve been very fortunate to recruit Stephen to join us in the evenings after cooking his own award winning breakfasts at the Archway.

Together we share a like minded approach to quality and the use of the freshest local produce. This is why we all like working at Thorney How and why so many people have been praising our food:

Sample menu options

Steak & Ale Pie
Cumbrian chuck steak slow braised in local beer, finished with thyme and a little brown sugar. Thickened with butter and flour to give a rich and shiny gravy. Served with roasted new potatoes and fresh seasonal veg.
Pork Leek & Cheese Pie
Generous chunks of Cumbrian pork leg, slow cooked for hours, finished with white sauce, leeks and lashings of cheese and a smidgen of Cumberland mustard. Served with roasted new potatoes and fresh seasonal veg.
Cumberland Sausage
Traditional locally produced Cumberland sausage rings, finished in a rich onion gravy. Served with creamy mashed potato and fresh seasonal veg.
Goat’s Cheese Parcel
Local goats cheese, homemade red onion marmalade and roasted red peppers mixed together. Then rolled in filo pastry, buttered and cooked till crispy on the outside and melting in the middle. Served with fresh salad, a fresh basil drizzle and extra red onion marmelade.

Sticky Toffee Pudding
Chocolate Pudding
Rhubarb Brulee
Meringue with Fruit & Cream