everyone has a story, be part of ours





We get asked all the time ‘where does the name come from’ and ‘are you part of a chain’. The answer to the second question is easy – Sonder is a truly independent entity. We are not tied to any particular brewery or wholesaler. As any business we will agree short term deals to our advantage but we can buy our food and drink from anywhere in the world, and we do.

The name is a longer story. Are you sat comfortably? A version of Sonder has been in the planning for a number of years. The idea being the same from the start, however, the name wasn’t. Sonder is a family run business and during a family discussion it was decided that the name wasn’t quite right. After weeks of deliberation and some pretty ridiculous ideas it was a comment from our then 16 year old daughter.

‘My favourite word at the moment is Sonder’

This was followed by an explanation of and introduction to a very talented American writer, John Koenig, and his blog a Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows. John decribes the blog as a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.

Johns’ definition is n. the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

We often simplify it with our interpretation. The realisation that everyones life is as chaotic and complicated as your own.

No where near as poetic as John but you get the idea. The name just fits with everything we do.

Our opening hours are –

11 am to midnight Tuesday to Friday

10 am to midnight on Saturdays

Food is served daily from opening until 3 pm and again from 5 pm until 9 pm

We are closed on Sunday and Monday 

The building in which we created Sonder is in the heart of Truro’s city centre and an old Georgian building from the days when Truro was a thriving port. In the last century is has been through many guises including a jewellers, a solicitors offices, a model shop and more.
We’ve been asked by numerous government forms and people to describe our business and we struggle to fit into their boxes. We are not the norm. We are a bar, a cafe, a restaurant, a takeaway, a coffee house, a meeting place and more!! We aimed for an everyone is welcome vibe and somehow we did it. Our customers come from all backgrounds and all ages and include quite a few dogs. Inspired by the desire to explore the world of food and drink we wanted to bring something new and ever changing to Truro. We are a small team on an adventure. 13 taps serving a range of world craft beers and ciders, boxed still cider, artisan spirits, a wine list to amaze and coffee from the awesome Olfactory Coffee Roasters in Penryn. Our food is derived from recipes from all around the world. We source ingredients from local and international sources ensuring as much authenticity as possible. We want our customers to become part of the adventure and get involved. Let us know what you like and don’t. Tell us about experiences from around the world. Join in our theme food, cocktail, spirit and beer tasting nights.
We did wonder how we would fit everything in but we had fallen in love with the building and it’s location.

We try our hardest to source quality craft beer, spirits and wine that you can’t find anywhere else locally. 

We back this up with amazing coffee from Olfactory Coffee Roasters in Penryn, our selection of cocktails and an amazing, regularly changing food menu.

With everything we do we keep choice and the environment in mind, hoping to give you the best experience possible and limit our impact on the planet.

Our Loyalty Program

Here at Sonder we have created our loyalty program with exciting and exclusive rewards to say ‘thank you’ to our amazing customers.

Earn 1 Point for every £1 you spend online or in the bar to unlock exciting rewards.


How do I join Sonder rewards program?
Simply create a customer account and you will automatically become part of our program. Or you can join by clicking check rewards in the bottom right of your screen.

How do I earn loyalty points?

Earn 1 point for every £1 you spend online or in the bar. Each time you spend you will receive an email with your updated loyalty points balance. Use your loyalty points to claim the rewards that you want, or save them up to unlock higher points required rewards.

How do I check my loyalty points balance and redeem rewards?

Each time you spend money at Sonder, you will receive our loyalty program email with your updated loyalty points balance. From our email click into your customer portal, here you can claim rewards. You can also check using the Click For Our Loyalty Scheme button in the bottom right of your screen.

How do I use my rewards?

When you’ve unlock a reward, you will receive a unique reward coupon. You can redeem your reward coupon at the till.


Sonder reserves the right to modify or cancel coupons at any time.
Coupons can only be redeemed once.
If you redeem your coupon online for a purchase less than the full value of the coupon the balance of the coupon is not redeemable on another purchase or refundable.
To remain a member of the program you must remain subscribed to our email list. Unsubscribing could result in the deletion of the account and loss of any points earned.

Children are welcome in the bar anytime and the team will do their best to adjust music and other customers behaviour accordingly on the rare occasion that is needed.

We have a number of highchairs available.

We do not have a children’s menu but there are a number of suitable options always available or just ask for something to be made or tweaked and we will do our best.

The top floor is often used as a perfect dining location for families with the additional sofas and the colour-in wall. Staff check the wall for inappropriate words and images frequently but if you see something that you think shouldn’t be there let us know.

Yes, we are very dog friendly. We have dog bowls available and often our own made doggy treats from the kitchen. 

Sometimes we have to remind the team to pay attention to the humans!!

Sonder Beer Club is an exclusive club dedicated to tasting, discussing and arguing about craft beer.

Each month we will provide a selection of craft beer in bottles and cans.

Membership is through a monthly subscription of £15. Your place is safe as long as the subscription is active. If you are unable to attend one of the evenings then £15 of points will be applied to your loyalty account. If your subscription is cancelled your place will be offered to someone else.



Princes Street, Truro



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