Mark Hird, managing director of Sunderland-based Tavistock Leisure, has already lined up three more pubs for his fledgling brewpub brand Sonnet 43 and is looking to rollout some of the sites under franchise. The Sonnet 43 Brew House is to start production opposite the Kicking Cuddy pub at Coxhoe, Durham, from the end of this month. Hird told M&C Report that the brewpub concept will be incorporated in to the Lambton Worm in Chester Le Street, County Durham; the sale of the pub is set to be completed this week and work is to begin there early next year. A similar concept is to be added to warehouse space opposite the brewery in Coxhoe in the second quarter of 2013, and also to Dougies Tavern, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, which is currently owned by Tavistock’s parent company. Hird said the sites would still feature their original pub names but would include Sonnet 43 branding. The pubs would have a smaller production capacity than the Sonnet 43 Brew House. Tavistock has been rolling out three concepts under franchise in recent months; an Indian and Italian restaurant and a gastropub. Some of the brewpubs would be run under a franchise agreement, Hird said. “We do plan to roll it out in the franchise business model [but] there’s a couple that we will probably keep and manage.” He said Tavistock is aiming for 12 sites run under franchise before assessing its next move.

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