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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.
The building in which we created Sonder is in the heart of Truro’s city centre. 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.
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.
We have the facility to order online for delivery, takeaway or even to eat in. You can specify the time you wish to have your food, pay online and even reorder your last order to save time.
It’s not available as an app because we didn’t want to clog up your device and the web page design is awesome.
You can still add the facility as an icon on your smart phone home screen by following this guide.
Our Loyalty Scheme – in return for receive the occasional update email from us we give our loyalty customers 5p worth of points for every £1 they spend plus the occasional random special offer.
Happy Hours – everyday we are open we run two happy hours – 5pm until 6pm and 930 pm until 1030 pm – all pints, doubles, large wine and cocktails are half price.
Supporting Public Sector Workers – all public sector workers receive a 10% discount off their bill. Acceptable I.D must be produced.
Students with acceptable I.D. get 10% discount off their bill.
If you’ve found this page you have made it to the next stage of selection to the Sonder Beer Club. This 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 or save money with an annual payment of £160. Your place is safe as long as the subscription is active. If you are unable to attend one of the evenings then £15 (or £13 for annual members) of points will be applied to your loyalty account. If your subscription is cancelled your place will be offered to someone else.