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Food & Drink Overview

From a simple eggs on toast to a wedding breakfast, Thorney How is able to cook up a feast. Thorney How is open all year round and we’re very happy to serve you whatever the weather.

If you’re just passing through on route to Patterdale or just popping up to Easedale Tarn or Helm Crag why not also try us for a drink and snack stop.

Hot drinks and snacks available from 3.30pm onwards, licensed bar available until 11pm.

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Happy Hour is 15% off draught ales, wine by the glass and hot drinks 6-7pm every night.

Evening meals are available from 6.00pm, non residents welcome.*

(*If you are a larger group please call in advance!)

To set you up for the day

We have a full breakfast menu from simple cereals, juice, toast and jam to a regular full English. Order when you book or the night before and it will be cooked for you at a prearranged time.

Pricing is from £6.00 to £8.00 including tea and coffee. Or try our special big feast breakfast for £10.75.

Breakfast is available from 7.30am to 9am and should be booked by 10pm on the preceding evening.

Please note: all main house rooms are sold as B&B including a complimentary basic breakfast of cereal, juice, toast, tea or coffee as standard.

An evening meal to satisfy

Our professional and in house chefs keep our guests very happy – regular and popular staples include for example steak and ale pie, Cumberland sausage, onion gravy, tuscan bean casserole and sticky toffee pudding to name a few. At weekends we often have the flexibility to offer a wider choice menu. As always if there is something you would like, please just ask.

Pricing for 2 courses: from £14.95
Main course only: from £10.95
Dessert only: from £5.00

For under 10’s we offer a discount on the full price of most meals with a smaller plate.

Evening meals are available 6.00pm to 8pm pre-booking is preferred.

Friday night is Pizza night.

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With a fully licensed bar and fresh coffee, you can enjoy a drink of your choice with your meal.

Keep an eye on our website, Twitter, Google+ or Facebook pages for special offers and All-in deal options.

We ask guests not to bring their own alcohol to Thorney How

Packed Lunches

Freshly prepared sandwiches with a filling of your choice, juice drink, home made flapjack or cereal bar, crisps, fresh fruit may also be available. Please order the day before £6.00

Self catering

Self catering for individuals and small groups is also an option. Please also ask in advance about pre-prepared our home cooked meal service available. Our regular chef can put his culinary talents at your service. Cooked by yourself at your own convenience simply pop in a microwave and add your own personal touches to make a fabulous meal for one, two or more. A useful solution if you may be arriving later in the evening.


For groups (10 people or more) we can of course offer a menu tailored just for you. Please give us a call to discuss. (For larger groups 17+ we will discuss menu options as part of an all in price with your accommodation booking.)

BBQ group deal (10 people or more).

We offer two choices either home made burgers and Cumberland sausage or our second combination – smokey drumsticks and kofte kebabs

Both menus served with breads and a choice of four salads. (Price £9.95 per person).


We use Fairtrade products including tea and coffee whereverit is possible.

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All food is freshly prepared and locally sourced

Of course we always carry vegetarian options across all our menus and we will always try and meet all your dietary needs.

Catering for Events

Thorney How is fully licensed for all sorts of occasions and entertainment including live music film screenings and the sale of alcohol.

Over the last couple of years Thorney How has grown it’s reputation for quality food, prepared buy our own chefs with fresh local ingredients.

Events and groups catered for 2011-2016 have included:

Wedding ceremonies
Academic workshop days
Conference dinners
Corporate Away Weekends
21st, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th Birthday parties
International field study groups
Outdoor activity weekends
Children’s Parties
Film screenings and discussion nights
Staff work parties
Club outings
Outdoor training weekends
Arts workshops
Family get together’s
New Year’s 4 course Feast

You might also consider:

Business development and training breaks
Creative retreats
Cultural events

We are always open to ideas!

Something for everyone – with a great wine list, regular and special guest draught local ales and lager as well as our bottled beers, ciders, spirits and soft drinks.

Extended licensing and later events are an option, however this will usually incur a surcharge.

Please note that we discourage Stag & Hen nights.

Whilst Stag / Hen nights have occasionally been known to happen at Thorney How we do not encourage these types of events. Thorney How is in a rural location and is not very suitable as a boozy retreat. Taxi services to distant night life will be costly and hard to book.

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To keep our food fresh we keep our stocks low. Your meal or packed lunch is guaranteed if you book it early. We can always make extra if we know in advance.

All menus are subject to availability, can be tailored for dietary needs and all food is prepared on the premises. Please be aware that all prepared food may contain nuts.

Allergen information available. please ask about allergen advice before ordering your meals.