Recent local reviews of Sonnet 43 brewery Tap house the Lambton Worm has seen the site being rated 10/10 by local Newspaper the Sunderland Echo. Many happy regular Diners/Drinkers have quickly taking to social media to share their congratuations and agreement of the recent review.

Sonnet 43 are very proud of the fantastic job The Lambton Worm team do in serving great food and sonnet 43 beers, keeping local produce, quality food, top service and customers at its heart, lets hope this site continues to thrive for many years to come.

To read the full review, please visit the below link.

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We are getting really excited at the continued strong feedback and praise our how do I love thee . . . let me count the beers range is receiving.

we are delighted that the special limited edition range of beers are representing what we hoped in a range of exciting difrent experimental style of beers. some top highlights so far have included, A champagne beer, A blackberry witbier, cream ale, smoked porter, joe stout, passion fruit beer and many more. 

Although many happy sonnet drinkers have commented “you wont be able to top that last one, it was a belter” it feels that things are going from strength to strength with the beers brewed so far in 2015 of this range receiving top feedback regularly from landlords, pubs, bars and drinkers alike of how much they have enjoyed our, liquorice root stout, irish red ale and spring IPA.

although we are just hitting the half way point of this range of beers with our aim being to reach #43 in total we are already excited about possibly have a 12 month period of revisiting and re brewing  some of the 12 top greatest hits of the range.

keep the feed back coming folks to make sure that one of you favourites specials are in the running to be on our lest of top limited edition specials.

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Big congrats to our very own Thomas Bainbridge who recently completed his first year qualification in “introduction to brewing”. We gave Tom bags of malt, he gave us bags of commitment, we gave him buckets of hops, he gave us buckets of enthusiasm, tom is now studying to achieve his “certificate in brewing”, through the institution of brewing and distilling with an emphasis on craft beer, expect to see some great beers from tom in the future.

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Sonnet 43 Brew House are delighted to announce that after much renovation, the former R Bar at the Roker Hotel has become Poetic License, a distillery bar specialising in spirits, craft beers and cocktails.

Poetic License will proudly stock four Sonnet 43 beers on a regular basis, along side a rotating selection of eight guest beers from regional, national & international breweries

Poetic License Distillery Bar is something totally different for, not only the area of Sunderland, but the whole of the North of England. To have a bar using its very own hand-crafted spirits & craft beers is something that has never been done before, We wanted to breathe some much-needed life back into the seafront scene.

We’ve had a few queries with regards to the bar’s name. We wanted to do something different, and focus more upon the ethos of the bar and the atmosphere we wanted to create inside.

The definition of Poetic License means ‘to be at liberty to deviate from conventional rules In the traditional English spelling of the phrase, License is spelled with a ‘c’. However when spelled with ‘s’ is a verb, meaning ‘to give permission to’. So in our case, ‘Poetic License’ is the permission we grant you to be at liberty to deviate from conventional rules, be yourself and most of all enjoy yourself whilst in our bar.

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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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If you’ve been to any good ale house in the North East in the last week, you may have already seen our latest ad, unveiling our plans for the Count the Beers range over the coming months, on the back of the Cheers magazine. If not, you’re probably overdue a pint and, here is what we have planned…

#12 of 43, Better After Death, Smoked Porter, ABV 5.5

#13 of 43, Lost Saints, Cream Ale, ABV 5.6

#14 of 43, A Love I Seemed to Lose, Dark Ruby Mild, ABV 4.5

#15 of 43, Freely, Purely, Champagne Beer, ABV 6.8

#16 of 43, My Childhood’s Faith, Strawberry Beer, ABV 6.3

#17 of 43, Strive for Right, Summer Pale Ale, ABV 5.1

As usual with these beers, there’s only one batch made and once it’s gone, it really is gone. So make sure you try them when you see them, it might be your only chance!

Better After Death, Smoked Porter (hope you like the pun) is our next beer; it’s been brewed, is currently in conditioning and should be ready late February.

We hope that’s enough to get your taste buds going for now and that you like the sound of what we have coming up. Let us know which one you are most looking forward to below or @Sonnet43Brew

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As we begin 2014, we’re taking a look back on the previous year, which was incredible for Sonnet 43…

Our core range beers proved extremely popular in the region, arriving on the bars of over 200 pubs in the North East alone. Following their success, we launched the ‘Count the Beers’ limited edition range which took the form a one of brew each month, quite ‘experimental’ in nature, which is changes each time. The first we did back in March was Hopes End, a rum infused plantation beer, with some highlight beers including #3 Soul Can Reach, saison beer, and #7 Ideal Grace, blackberry witbier, and ending the year with #10 The Ends of Being, spiced ale.

As well as the North East, we began delivering in Yorkshire in the latter half of 2013, with routes into York City, Harrogate & Leeds and in Summer 2013 we launched the online shop on our website opening Sonnet 43 up to customers UK wide.

We opened 3 brewery taps; the first The Lambton Worm, Chester le Street which has been a huge success winning 2 star sustainability champion award from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and Best Cask Beer Pub for the North East, Yorkshire & Scotland from the Publican Awards. Following on from this we opened The White Lead, Hebburn, and The Clarence Villa, Coxhoe, both of which have been enormously well received.

Sonnet 43 was awarded several accolades in 2013, the biggest being our American Pale Ale and Bourbon Milk Stout beers winning Great Taste Awards, which is an incredible achievement especially considering we were less than a year old at the time. The wins continued when Insular Art – our submission for Battle of the Beers – won over the judges, including TV chefs The Fabulous Baker Brothers, at Bishop Auckland Food Festival. This was actually our first ever competition and gave the beer the title of the Lindisfarne Gospels Beer Durham for the greatly anticipated exhibition in Durham city during Summer of 2013, which was an honour. Later in the year we received the Star Radio Business Award for Best New Business/Product recognising our phenomenal performance over the year  and our future plans. Which leads us nicely on…

Our first full year in business proved hugely successful so we’re eagerly anticipating 2014! Here’s some of what we have planned…­

With demand now outstripping supply, we’ll be expanding the brew house to increase our brewing potential and make room for craft kegging equipment and a visitors centre, from which we’ll run brewery tours & brewing experiences. We also plan to begin delivering further afield and expanding our routes to incorporate new areas outside our region.

There will be more brewery taps launching, following a similar pattern to our existing sites with our beers on the bar coupled with British food menus, though we aren’t disclosing locations just yet! And at The Lambton Worm we’ll be opening boutique bedrooms on the second floor which we hope to use in conjunction with offerings for the planned visitors centre.

So it should be an exciting year ahead! We’d thank you all for your support and hope you continue to enjoy the beers, the venues and the sentiment – For the Love of Beer.

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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 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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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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