New tenants unveiled for The Brickmakers pub in Norwich

While the trio behind the town pub The Brickmakers are set to leave after 20 years, new tenants have been revealed who will carry on the live music legacy.

Owners Charley South, Pam South and Emma Rose have announced plans to vacate the Sprowston Road site in February 2022.

They told punters in a social media post that they had decided not to renew their lease with landlords Stonegate Pub Partners in January 2023 after “lots of deep conversations and tears”.

Owners of The Brickmakers, left to right, Pam South, Emma Rose and Charley South.
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It followed a bumpy ride during the pandemic which saw a campaign launched to raise funds to save the venue.

Over two decades the pub has built a huge reputation for featuring local and upcoming musicians including Ed Sheeran and You Me at Six.

But their legacy will continue with the departure of the new owners of another Norwich live music pub – The Walnut Tree Shades off Gentleman’s Walk.




Claire Brooks, who runs the Walnut Tree Shades with her husband Dale, has launched a Crowdfunder campaign


Claire Brooks, who runs The Walnut Tree Shades with her husband Dale.
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Husband and wife duo Dale and Claire Brooks will leave the downtown venue, which they have run for 12 years, to take on The Brickmakers from early 2023.

Ms Rose, from The Brickmakers, said: “We are delighted to be able to hand over the place to such experienced and passionate people and wish them every success in the future.”




Brickfest at the Norfolk Showground, a socially distanced music festival. Byline: Sonya Duncan(C)


The Brickmakers have built a great reputation for live music.
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Ms South added: “I have no doubt that Claire and Dale are the right people to continue what we have started.

“It’s going to be hard to leave, but it’s easier knowing that all our hard work will carry on – we plan on joining the crowds rather than pulling pints.”

The Brooks will continue to host great live music on both stages and will also welcome new artists.




The Brickmakers, Sprowston Road. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY


The Brickmakers, Sprowston Road. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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Speaking about leaving the Walnut Tree Shades, Ms Brooks said: ‘It will be 12 years on September 24 and we have gone from having bands twice a week to live music up to five times a week.

“Time has passed so quickly and I will miss running the Walnut very much.”

Stonegate, which runs the two pubs, said more information about The Walnut Tree Shades will be announced soon.

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