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A591 Re-opens 11th May

10 May 2016 / News


The A591 connecting the north of the Lake District to the south will re-open on 11th May ahead of schedule, Cumbria County Council has tweeted.

Welcome back to Keswick and the North Lakes. #A591backtogether

Friday is Pizza Night!

25 March 2016 / News / Food

Pizza looking good to eat!

Join us on any Friday night and try one of our 10” Stone Baked Pizzas form our new menu.

We are open to non-resident guests along with our bar refreshments and standard menu available on other nights.

Choose from one of our home made 10” stone-baked pizzas.

Artichoke & Goat’s Cheese
Smoked Chicken
Sausage Calzone
Spicy Beef

Freshly prepared in our kitchen.

As with all our food we only use fresh locally sourced ingredients and prepare your food in our own kitchen to order.

Pizzas are available from 6pm until 9pm.

See our full menu here.

March Newsletter 2016

13 March 2016 / News / Staff / Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available online.

Meet our new chef Adam Tyrer.

More Beer!

Read our full Newsletter here

Subscribe to our Newsletter here

Headline Extracts from Newsletter

Adam Tyrer - New Chef

Meet Our New Chef
Adam Tyrer
Adam joins us from New Zealand.

“I have lived in many areas in New Zealand and I get my interest in food and cooking from my mum. We have always lived on lifestyle blocks (small holdings) and raised our own stock and grown vegetables at home, so I have always had an interest in using the ingredients to their full potential. I left school at 17 as I knew then that education was not the way forward for me, all I
have ever wanted is to be a chef and be the best I can be at it.”

We are currently developing our new menus for 2016

Juste in the bar

More Beer!
Our friendly staff are always more than happy to serve you. Our bar is open 3.30pm to 11pm every day.

This year we have added an extra beer tap to our bar so we can offer you a wider range of quality draught local ales.

We currently like the following Lake District breweries:
Hawkshead Brewery
Barngates Bewery
Keswick Brewery
Hesket Brewery
Ennerdale Brewery
Hardknott Brewery
Bowness Brewery


Installation of the 1st temporary bridge on Dunmail Raise bypass

7 February 2016 / News / Weather / Grasmere

Many of you will be aware that the A591 route to Keswick has been closed since the December flooding after Storm Desmond.

The good news is that a temporary bridge has now been installed.

A591 'The Gap' bridge in place Photo Credit – Martin Campbell, Grasmere

Grasmere is Open for Business

The A591 in Cumbria is set to open for a public transport service between Grasmere and Keswick using a newly constructed temporary bypass & bridge over a river.

A PUBLIC bus service connecting Keswick and Grasmere via Thirlmere is planned to start later this month using the temporary road being built to bypass “The Gap” on Dunmail Raise.

The bus is expected to begin operating on February 16.

The bus service, which will be delivered on a commercial basis by Stagecoach, will connect with existing bus services at Grasmere, including through the central lakes to Kendal.

It will operate on an hourly basis from 7am until 7pm six days a week, with a two hourly service on a Sunday between 10am and 5pm, and offer a journey time of 45 minutes; cutting the existing journey time between the two locations by almost two hours.

Buses will leave Keswick at 5 minutes past the hour and leave Grasmere at 10 minutes to the hour (apart from the first bus of the day which will depart at 7am).

Watch video of the Installation of the 1st temporary bridge on Dunmail Raise bypass

Follow more stories on Grasmere Village Facebook page


Another great reason to visit the Lake District 30% off rail fare via VirginTrains!

Why not get some inspiration from the new Cumbria Tourism 2016 Guide



Watch our new video!

20 December 2015 / Business / News / Website / Project Thorney / History / Food

We’re thrilled to announce our new short promotional video.

Thorney How Video

We hope that you enjoy watching it, please share with your friends on social media using the links provided.

Click below to start video.

Thorney How Independent Hostel from Jousey Films on Vimeo.

Video Production by Jousey Films

First lamb at Thorney How

8 April 2015 / News / Gardening / Project Thorney / Animals

Baby Doll Southdown Lamb

We have our first lamb. Born on Easter Sunday. We’re proud to be helping secure a future for the rare breed ‘The Original Southdown Sheep!

Southdown 'Baby Doll' Lamb

Our first small flock of Ewes arrived in July and after securing max our new Tup we kept our fingers crossed hoping for some lambs in April.

One of the oldest English breeds of sheep, the original and smaller Southdown breed was originally bred in the 1700’s – SouthDown Sheep
They are one of the oldest of the Down breeds. Known for extreme hardiness English farms kept these sheep both for good quality tasty meat and a very fine fleece.

Small BabyDoll Southdhown flock

Olde English Miniature Babydoll Southdown sheep are an ancient breed with happy teddy bear faces. They stand only 24 inches high with shorter stout legs.

To distinguish the original smaller sheep from the modern day larger Southdown’s they were named Olde English Babydoll Southdowns. The original blood line of the English Southdowns are the ‘Baby Doll’. These ‘Babydoll’ Southdown’s are recognised in Britain by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as a native breed.

While these rare sheep continue to be bred and their numbers are improving, there are only about 300 Olde English Babydoll Southdown breeders worldwide.

We’re thrilled to be one of a very few flocks in the UK. We hope to bring you news of more lambs very soon!

Mountain Rescue Donation

22 March 2015 / Charity / News / Guests

Thank you to all our guests and visitors for their help in supporting Langdale & Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team.

Together this year we raised £129.48

With your help in 2015 we can do even better!

LAMRT donaton

Donations are collected at Thorney How at reception as guests check in or check out.

We also ask for voluntary contributions for all our film screenings and for electric car charging.

You can also now make a contribution when booking online via our own website.

Thorney How also contributes for every booking received via GoLakes Fair Booking

Certificate of Excellence 2014

24 May 2014 / Business / News / Reviews / Guests

We’re very happy to announce that Thorney How has been awarded the 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

With this award we have been Recognised as a Top Performing UK Hostel as Reviewed by Travelers on Trip Advisor.

Certificate of Excellence 2014

We have now reveived this award 2 years running and wish to thank all those guests and reviewers that have made this possible.

We are very happy to have happy guests!

Happy Family Photo

We are of course thrilled to have been able to maintain a such a high standard of service and hospitality within the constraints of a Grade 2 Listed former YHA Hostel property. There has been significant investment made in the last 18 months to upgrade facilities and the infrastructure of the building. We are using this year to further develop our beautiful surroundings – watch this space for further news on this.

We also get fab reviews of course through our own booking system:

First Newsletter

14 February 2013 / News / Newsletter

Plese follow the link below to try out our first Newsletter. Feedback is always welcome.

Newsletter February 2013

You are very welcome to subscribe to our newsletter. We will aim to publish a newsletter with news items, offers, events and film screenings plus things to do in the area around once per month.

Click the link below. This will take you to our registration page. You will be prompted to confirm your subscription via e-mail. You can unsubscribe again at any time.

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News: Venue for Wedding Ceremonies

18 January 2013 / News / Wedding

We’re very excited to announce we’ve just been formally approved as venue for Wedding Ceremonies & Civil Partnerships – Yay!

couple canoe credit Tony West

We’ve just received the great news from Cumbria County Council, Registration and Coroner Services that Thorney How Independent Hostel has been approved as a:

“Venue for Marriages in Pursuance of Section 26(1)(bb) of The Marriage Act 1949 and as a Venue for Civil Partnership in Pursuance of Section 6(3A)(a) of The Civil Partnership Act 2004”


We’re one of a very few alternative accommodation providers and destinations in Cumbria that can also hold a wedding ceremony on site. So if you’re looking for something a little different and maybe on a smaller budget we’re here to help.

Couple credit Tony West

Our very first wedding is scheduled for April 2013 and we have a number of key weekend dates still available during 2013. We’ll be putting a new wedding package together very soon, just give us a call anytime for an informal chat. Ask for Taylor or Carolyn.