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Published on April 5, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Award served up for ‘the little guy’

An independent North East pub chain has taken a top national industry award. Sonnet 43 Brew Pubs, part of the family-owned Tavistock Hospitality leisure company, won the Best Value Food Offer category at the prestigious Publican Awards 2017.

The company’s portfolio of pubs includes The Lambton Worm, Chester-le-Street; The White Lead at Hebburn; The New Plough, Burnopfield, and The Toronto Lodge, Bishop Auckland, which celebrated its first birthday last month.

Each of the venues serves craft beers produced by the Sonnet 43 brewery, at Coxhoe in County Durham, and their chefs have created dishes to complement them. Operations director Jonathan Graham was presented with the award by TV presenter Jonathan Ross. He said: “We were up against some of the industry’s biggest hitters such as Stonegate Pub Co, so we were very much the little guy. What made us stand out was our commitment to local produce and fresh food and to training, developing and retaining our chefs.”

Along with Sonnet 43, Tavistock Hospitality operates the recently-refurbished The Roker Hotel at Sunderland, which is also home to the Poetic License distillery and bar.


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