£150,000 refurb adds boutique b&b to County Durham pub

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    Visitors to a North East pub will soon be able to spend the night in style thanks to a £150,000 refurbishment. Work is now underway to transform the living quarters at the Lambton Worm, Chester-le-Street, into stylish bed and breakfast accommodation for pub patrons and outside guests.

    The rooms, which are due for completion by April 2014, will include 12 standard en-suites, as well as two larger suites with whirlpool baths, all individually decorated and fitted with solid mahogany rococo furniture.

    The Lambton Worm on North Road was saved from closure in 2012, when it was bought by leading leisure firm Tavistock Leisure and re-launched following a £500,000 investment.

    It now operates as a brewpub for the Sonnet 43 microbrewery in Coxhoe, serving a wide range of craft beers, as well as a selection of classical British food, made with a modern twist.

    The owners hope that this latest development will appeal not only to pubgoers but to tourists visiting the surrounding area.

    Mark Hird, Managing Director of Tavistock Leisure and Sonnet 43, said: “The Lambton Worm is in a great position, offering easy access to the County Durham countryside, as well as all the attractions of Durham city and Durham County Cricket Club.

    “By diversifying from a brewery tap to a boutique bed and breakfast we hope to maximise this opportunity and appeal to a local, national and international clientele.”

    The Lambton Worm is one of three brewery taps now run by Sonnet 43 brew house, with sister sites also open in Coxhoe and Hebburn. This will be the first with bedrooms.

    Daniel Fountain / 13.02.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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