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We’re extremely pleased to announce Sonnet 43 Brew House is a finalist in the Best Microbrewing Pub Company category of The Publican Awards 2014.

These national annual awards recognise achievement within the pub industry with 18 categories covering all aspects of running pub establishments, from small operations to very large pub companies.

The criteria for our category are brewing less than 10,000 barrels a year and having at least one quality, beer-focused pub. The rigorous judging for the awards consisted of 3 stages, first being the paper application and the second, site visits. In our case, these were carried out by renowned beer writer, Pete Brown, who visited all our pubs and sampled the ales & food to assess our entry. This was followed by mystery visits to further assess the application with the final stage involving the brewery’s owner, Mark Hird, being interviewed by a judging panel of industry experts in London.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony, hosted by Liverpudlian comedian, John Bishop, on Tuesday 25 March at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, which we’re very much looking forward to!

Last year’s winner was Ossett Brewery and, this year, we’re up against well-known, Leeds Brewery, and Brew House & Kitchen, based at the South Coast. Both are strong contenders. For us still being a relatively new brewery, to be a finalist in itself is an achievement.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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The Clarence Villa

We are readying to re-open the pub that adjoins our brew house in Coxhoe as a brewery tap on Friday 22nd November, after extensive renovation work.

Formerly known as The Kicking Cuddy, now The Clarence Villa, the venue will comprise both a pub & restaurant, offering traditional British food with a modern twist made with quality ingredients from loc­al producers wherever possible. It will also, of course, feature our ales which are brewed just next door.

We were keen to stay true to local roots, as the brewery itself does with its own name, so the name-change is actually a return to the pub’s original name. First opened back in 1857, ‘The Clarence Villa’ was derived from the neighbouring Clarence Railway which was used for coal transportation and was named after the Duke of Clarence who later became King William IV.

We kept the pub closed for over 14 months to carry out the refurbishment including an extension to the rear of the property. This will be our third pub of 2013, our format of craft beers coupled with good honest food having proved extremely popular at our other taps The Lambton Worm, Chester le Street, and The White Lead, Hebburn.

Being our ‘home’ venue though, in 2014 we hope to develop the site to also incorporate a visitors’ centre, where guests will be able to explore the brewery aspect with tours and experiences. We hope it will become something of a tourist attraction for the area.

We are very grateful for the support we have received from the locals as we near the pub’s re-opening; this has been phenomenal and we’re thrilled people are embracing it. We are hoping The Clarence Villa will also prove popular throughout the North East, being easily accessible from the A1.

For more information visit www.theclarencevilla.co.uk or to book call 0191 3773773

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Insular Art's BAFF certificate

Our latest limited edition beer, Insular Art, is the official beer for the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham.

The beer began life as a mere 2 cask brew for entry into battle of the beers at Bishop Auckland Food Festival’s Beer & Wine Festival, in which the ale triumphed over some other very established & respected local breweries after it won over both the public and a judging panel, featuring celebrity chefs The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Being the winner, the brew gained the honour of the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham’s official while they are exhibited in the city this Summer.

While the name ‘Insular Art’ refers to the elaborate style of the Lindisfarne Gospels,  which is a masterpiece of medieval book painting, from receiving the competition brief  the beer we wanted he beer need to recreate key flavours of herbs and honey of the famous drink synonymous with the holy island Lindisfarne Mead. It uses herbal hops and honey within the fermentation and herbal, spice & honey notes really shine through.

Around 50,000 people have now been to visit the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham but as it’s only around until September – as is Insular Art – you’ll need to get in there quick.

Insular Art is now available in 9 gallon cask & 500ml bottle & as a commemorative gift pack. Click here to buy online. Or to visit the gospels click here.

insular art bottle

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Paul D-

Paul Daniels is just confirming what we already know – that the  Sonnet 43 beers really are magic!

The master entertainer was one of the headline performers at the recent South Tyneside International Magic Festival which – along with two sell-out shows for the public – brought magicians from as far afield as Hong Kong and the USA together for a convention.

We pulled a rabbit out of a hat when asked to provide some of our superb brews for the delegates – apparently magic is very thirsty work!

The word is that our beers went down a storm which proves we also have a trick or two of our own….

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Lambton-Worm

We are delighted to announce we have our first Sonnet 43 Brew Pub & Restaurant launching Friday 22nd February 2013.

The Lambton Worm in Chester le Street will open to the public at 12 noon tomorrow and serve all the Sonnet 43 craft beers on the bar, as well as other great guest ales changing regularly.

The food will be traditional British but with a modern twist – our own unique interpretation of dishes you know and love using the best locally sourced produce where possible. The bar menu has a great choice of snacks and meals, while the restaurant menu offers a full a la carte selection of British dishes.

The Lambton Worm will be the first of 3 Brew Pub & Restaurants we have planned, with the other planned to 2 launch later in the year.

We hope these will be the ideal setting for enjoying great Sonnet 43 beer & fantastic food in good company!

Find out more info about The Lambton Worm visit www.thelambton.com or find on the Facebook page and Twitter @TheLambton

 

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