A REVAMPED pub will soon offer boutique bed and breakfast accommodation.

The living quarters of The Lambton Worm, North Road, Chester-le-Street, are being converted in a £150,000 refurbishment. .

The rooms, due to be completed by April, 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. .

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The Lambton Worm was saved from closure in 2012 when it was bought by leisure firm Tavistock Leisure and re-launched following a £500,000 makeover. It is now a brewpub for the Sonnet 43 microbrewery in Coxhoe, serving craft beers and classic British food, made with a modern twist. .

The owners hope to appeal to tourists visiting the area. .

Tavistock Leisure and Sonnet 43 Managing Director Mark Hird 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 Sonnet 43 venues, with sister sites in Coxhoe and Hebburn. It will be the first with bedrooms. For more about the Lambton Worm visit www.thelambton.com or call 0191-387 1162.