The Wolseley                                        The King's Arms                                           The Isis                                             Fitzgeralds      
When I’ve visited Sunderland before, I have to admit I drank in Newcastle before and after matches (see the Newcastle page); access to Sunderland is very good and easy via the Metro. So I felt I should consult Sunderland fans I have become friends with, and have come up with the following recommendations, many thanks to all contributors.  


Overlooking the Roker Marina, just a short walk from the beach, is The Wolseley Hotel, 40 Millum Terrace, SR6 0ES (0191 567 2798) which Paul D recommended to me. The Wolseley sells Theakston Best Bitter and a guest ale; they also have a reasonably priced menu on offer.  Wednesday evening is ‘Curry Night’ and on Thursday they have a ‘Steak night’.  


Another suggestion, this time from James S, is The King’s Arms, Beach St, Ayres Key, SR4 6BU (0191 567 9804). The King’s Arms has 9 handpumps serving up real cider, Timothy Taylors Landlord, and guest ales from local micro-breweries and from across the country.  


Also recommended by Paul and James is The Isis, 26 Silksworth Row, SR1 3QJ (0191 510 3377) now part of the Jarrow Brewery Portfolio.  The Isis serves a wide selection of real ales and ciders, and continental beers and Lagers, with a great selection of foreign bottled beers in the fridges. This is a welcoming pub with helpful staff, and small snacks and meals are served every day.  


Fitzgeralds, 2 Green Terrace, SR1 3PZ (0191 567 0852) is a Sir John Fitzgerald pub, close to the university.  Pubs in their chain are usually well worth a visit, which has been supported by James, thanks muchly.  


Another 2 places that may be worth visiting in Sunderland are a Weatherspoons, The William Jameson, 30-32 Fawcett Street, SR1 1RH (0191 514 5016). As a ‘Spoons’, you know what you will get, reasonably priced drinks and the usual menu, which means food available virtually all day every day.  


The second is about a mile away, back on the seafront (walk along the road opposite the main entrance to the Stadium of Light), the Harbour View, Roker, SR6 0NU (0191 257 6547), and this does have views. Huge conservatory-type windows offer views of the coastline and marina, and it sells real ales, and reasonably priced food too!