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Job Vacancies 2017

23 March 2017 / Jobs / Staff

We’re recruiting for the 2017 season.

Full Time Chef needed April – November 2017

Full Time General Assistant needed April – November 2017

We have a busy full year ahead and we’re confident that you will enjoy working with our close family team and other co-workers.

You don’t need to be a bit quackers to work here, but it might help!

Job Vacancies 2017

We’re recruiting for the 2017 season.

Full Time Chef needed April – November 2017

Full Time General Assistant needed April – November 2017

We have a busy full year ahead and we’re confident that you will enjoy working with our close family team and other co-workers.

Hours per week: 40

Competent and Experienced Chef required to support Thorney How in Grasmere Lake District for the 2017 season.
Be part of our small team, enthusiasm and a sense of humour essential. Our capacity is 42 overnight guests. We cater for individuals, groups and parties including full board if requested. The chef will take a lead role in developing the seasons menus and managing all aspects of the kitchen.

Thorney How is developing a kitchen garden and we want to increase the use of our produce in the menu so a willingness to help in the garden, collect eggs, talk to the sheep as well as serve at the bar and basically turn a hand to other tasks at less busy times would be ideal.

We are anything but boring and Thorney How is in a beautiful part of the world.

Accommodation: There may be shared accommodation available with this post.
Start date: March, as soon as possible.

Seasonal General Assistant
Hours per week: 40 FT or P/T hours to suit.

Experience not essential, but great if you have it. Duties include housekeeping, bar work and service, front of house and probably some gardening Must be computer literate, hardworking and good with cats and other animals.

Accommodation: There may be shared accommodation available with this post for FT employees only.
Start date: March, as soon as possible.

Job Descriptions

Chef Job Description 2017

General Assistant Job Desription 2017

Thorney How
A busy rural accommodation provider with bar and catering facilities in South Lakeland with up to 42 beds in 11 rooms. We offer guest house B&B and bunkhouse type accommodation, food and drink for events, parties, celebrations as well as for individual travellers, walkers and groups. We need an enthusiastic energetic team players with the ability to perform consistently well with a cheerful approach. All staff may at some time be required to undertake general duties including front of house, service, cleaning, some basic catering and bar work.

Situated off the beaten track directly on the Coast to Coast pathway and under Helm Crag in Grasmere. Thorney How is a listed building sitting in 2.25 acres of grounds, so you may even find yourself working in the garden. Must like cats, and of course people, we also have hens, ducks and sheep! It is useful to have an interest in the outdoors and to have a good sense of humour.

These position may be extended for up to a further year.

To apply:

Please send a letter of application stating relevant experience and your interest in working at Thorney How. We recommend that you read our website before making an application. It is essential that you communicate to us your your plans if being based locally, or are looking for shared accommodation. We can only provide accommodation for a couple or two friends sharing.

Please include at least two relevant and recent references and send to Carolyn Nuttall

Those that meet the above criteria will be asked to attend an interview.

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

Facebook updates

4 August 2012 / News / Project Thorney / Animals / Staff / Facebook

Don’t forget that you can ‘Like’ us on Facebook too.

We often post more chatty updates here, share news with Thorney How friends and make staff introductions. You can also follow our #projectthorney developments as they happen.

Today’s posts include:

We are missing one cat since yesterday Ptolemy……

A few changes here at Thorney..we would like to welcome chef Paul and others…….

If travelling in Grassmere or the surrounding lakes you might enjoy the hospitality of our friends who run Thorney How – contributed by Anthony Mark Cutter

We're recruiting.

27 June 2012 / Business / Jobs / News

As our busy summer period approaches fast we’re looking for a capable cook / chef to help prepare and deliver our daytime and occasionally evening menus.

You will compliment the working hours of our existing hostel team in ensuring that a high standard of delivery and full catering offer is always available.

Job Advert

Part time cook / chef required to support busy Independent Hostel in Grasmere Lake District for the summer season. Be part of our small team, enthusiasm, a sense of humour, flexibility and experience essential. Immediate start Sorry no accommodation. Hours variable.

Call Taylor or Carolyn on 015394 35597 or send cv plus covering letter to

CV’s only will be ignored.

Welcome to our new Chef, Robin

25 July 2011 / Business / Breakfast / News / Food

We’re thrilled to be saying hello to Robin, our new full time chef joining the team at Thorney How.

Robin arrives with a wide range of International experience so we’re getting very excited at the new range of food possibilities that we will be able to offer our guests in the coming weeks. Our expanded menus will have a continental flavour as well as many traditional dishes to tantalise your palates.

We will be expanding from our full English breakfast to include a wider range of breakfast options with continental style breakfasts as well as simpler fare like bacon butties.

We will also be introducing daytime lunches and snacks along with prepared packed lunches for travellers. Fresh demi baguettes baked on the premises will be available with a range of sandwich fillings. We may also try out some weekend specials, such as BBQ’s.

If you already have a booking with us or are thinking about booking and would like to know more about ordering your meals in advance please get in contact with us, either by phone or by e-mail.

Alongside our expanded food offer we will also be bringing you a wider range of drinks from our licensed bar. If you are planning a days walking in the lakes without staying with us please feel free to drop by to check us out.

Robin is really looking forwards to working with the team and meeting all our guests with their diverse backgrounds and requests. We all look forwards to seeing your soon and tickling your taste buds, if you drop by just say ‘Hi’, especially to Rob.


Chef Recruitment #jobs

16 April 2011 / Business / Jobs / News

We are looking for a new person to join our team and help make Thorney How a memorable place to stay and visit.

Please share the following information with others.

Chef required, Grasmere. We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Chef at Thorney How Independent Hostel in Grasmere. The Hostel is set in the heart of the Lake District with 10 bedrooms and over 50 beds. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years experience as a Chef working with fresh produce in a demanding environment. Essential requirements: confident in menu planning and pricing, stock taking, stock rotation, food hygiene certificate level 2 and above. Must be computer literate and familiar with standard software such as spreadsheets. Must be prepared to be flexible and undertake other tasks within the hostel as required, able to work under pressure and fit in with a small tight nit team.

Salary £14-16000 initially offered as a pro rata P/T seasonal role with opportunities to extend to a FT permanent contract. Accommodation is not provided.

Enquiries to carolyn (at) tel: 01539435597

We are looking for someone to start with us ideally within the next four to six weeks.
We will post a full Job Description and application details here very shortly.