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.”
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:
- Great BBQ cooked up for us on our first night and a hearty breakfast in the mornings.
- Grandchildren ecstatic with their evening meal.
- The food was delicious, not many hostels can provide a rhubarb creme brulee!
- Unless you’re in to really fine dining, there’s no need to leave the hostel. The food and service are excellent – so is the bar.
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.
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
Meringue with Fruit & Cream
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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.
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 Carolyn@thorneyhow.co.uk.
CV’s only will be ignored.
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.
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) thorneyhow.co.uk 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.