the white lead

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of The White Lead: A Sonnet 43 Brew Pub & Restaurant.

Previously Dougie’s Tavern, Hebburn, the venue will be re-opening on Friday 4th October 2013 after months of renovation work and planning.

The pub will take a similar form to Sonnet 43’s first brew pub The Lambton Worm, Chester le Street, which has proved a huge success recently winning best cask beer pub in Scotland, North East & Yorkshire in the BT Sport Great British Pub Awards 2013. It will sell all the Sonnet 43 beers, as well as a selection of guest ales, and food-wise will serve traditional British fare with a modern interpretation using local food produce.

In keeping with our ethos of drawing on local history, as both Sonnet 43 & the Lambton Worm do, we chose a name relevant to the area. ‘The White Lead’ comes from original industrial heritage; though originally it was a Victorian pub called The Royal Hotel, it was affectionately known by people in Jarrow and Hebburn from the late 1800s onwards as The White Lead, as many of the properties in the area were covered with white powder from the local lead manufacturing plant. So we’ve taken the old epithet and christened it that officially.

Though property had become very rundown and required a lot of work to get it back up to code, we’re pleased to say the pub is now looking great! We’re hopeful it’ll be a great addition to the South Tyneside area.

This is number two of three planned brew pubs for 2013, the next in-line being the Kicking Cuddy pub which the brew house adjoins. And work has also begun at this site! We expect it to open for later in 2013.


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