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 or to book call 0191 3773773

In support of RBL

Beer number 9 of 43 of the ‘Count the Beers…’ limited edition range will be Ultimate Sacrifice, Plum Porter, 5.7 ABV, which supports the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal, with 10% of sales from the casks donated to support the cause.

The name ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’ comes from a WW1 memorial found in Coxhoe, the village our brewery is based in, commemorating the local men lost in the conflict. Money raised will goes towards helping war veterans stay independent and helping those injured in recent conflicts recover, as well as supporting military families and teaching children about remembrance.


The beer itself used around 1000 plums in the brew, added at conditioning, to give a sweet yet tart tang. We did hope to take some inspirations from the flower synonymous with the cause & use poppy seeds within the brew, however decided against this due to their opiate properties!

The beer will go out to pubs this week, in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Click here if you’d like to donate to the Royal British Legion

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