Firm to toast new venture

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A RESTAURANT chain is to start a new chapter in the story of a pub’s history, with 30 jobs to be generated by the takeover.

Tavistock Leisure, which owns hotels, bars and restaurants across the region, has taken ownership of the former Lambton Worm pub at North Road, Chester-le-Street.

It will reopen in early March after a £500,000 refurbishment.

The pub will be renamed the Lambton Worm Sonnet 43 Brew Pub and Restaurant, featuring real ales created by Tavistock’s brewery.

The venue will be the first of four planned and restaurants to open under the new brand, which include two other sites later this year – their locations are still to be confirmed.

Company director Jonathan Graham said: “The success of other initiatives such as our pub partnership has given us the confidence to launch this new brand.

“This will be a traditional English-style pub with first-class food using ingredients sourced from local suppliers wherever possible.”

The pub will offer Sonnet 43 brewery’s six ales, a range of guest ales, which will change on a regular basis, and some lagers.

Along with the restaurant menu dinners will be able to enjoy “traditional bar snacks” including real Scotch eggs and homemade pies.

Other bars run by the company include the Best Western Roker Hotel in Sunderland, the Tavistock Retro Restaurant brand and an Indian restaurant in Haswell Plough.