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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:


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


Twitter winner stay

2 October 2012 / Reviews / Guests / Prize

Our August Twitter competition prize winner enjoyed their stay with us this weekend.

“A place where you can be assured of a warm welcome. Yes Thorney How has a lovely homely feel and the staff have a great welcoming touch even when we arrived at 9pm.”

Read Shaun Bale’s blog – Lost Again


Guest reviews now live on booking system

16 October 2011 / Reviews

I’m just reading some great guest reviews posted over the last few weeks. These are now visible through our online booking system provided by freetobook.com – just click the ‘Check Availability’ Search link

Thank you for all your great comments.

10/10/2011 – For large group booking your hostel was perfect and you were very accomodating! The location is lovely and the hostel is very well kept. Nice easy walk into/back from Grasmere to go out for food and drinks as well. Nobody in the group had a bad thing to say! Many thanks!

8/10/2011 Kitchen and lounge facilities were great. Quiet . Lovely staff

6/10/2011 You were very lovely to me after having gotten lost… Tips for other travellers: Visit Grasmere…. and don’t get lost in the Lake District

2/10/2011 nice and clean hostel for a short visit around lake district. quiet and comfortable room for a good sleep. excellent!

28/9/2011 really nice and free. Tips for other travellers: if you walk from the bus stop to there in the night, then you can see the stars which you have nevern seen before!!!! amazing.

27/9/2011 A very friendly welcome. Rooms clean and beds comfortable.

22/9/2011 Great place, especially a very nice lounge and useful kitchen. Definitely would recommend.

18/9/2011 Very good value, very clean and very friendly staff. Couldn’t have been happier with the options for our larger group in the bunk room. Thank you!

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Off to a great start

4 May 2011 / Business / Reviews

Well we could not have asked for better weather to lead us into the Easter holiday period and our first few opening weekends.

With a flurry of bookings we were full with guests enjoying the sunshine and getting out into the Lake District mountains.

We’ve had visitors from all over the globe. A favoured website for international travellers appears to be hostelworld.com. With over 30 bookings through them since we registered with them a couple of weeks ago their stats analysis tell us that we’ve had visitors from:

England, France, Spain, Switzerland , India, Northern Ireland , Scotland, Hong Kong, Colombia, South Korea, Russia, Poland, Japan, USA, Australia.

We’ve also received reviews that tell us that:

We have a great location, great staff, good atmosphere, and that the hostel is very comfortable.

The rooms were basic but clean and the staff were very friendly and knowledgable about walks in the surrounding area.

The Breakfast was great value at £5, and a great start for a long walk.

The hostel is ideally placed if you want to be a bit out of the way and able to go directly out into the surrounding countryside.

Guests commented that they really enjoyed their stay and would definately recommend Thorney How to others.

Whilst we are very happy with these reviews we must also acknowledge that there is an inadequate number of showers. We are aware of this and it is at the top of our lists for improvements. We are working on a solution currently.