From a Euro 202 fanzone to fine dining – 11 new things to try in Sunderland and why
But besides our favorite haunts, there are a whole host of new businesses and foods to try in Sunderland.
Here’s a look at some of the new additions and pop-up specials worth checking out.
:: Pints and pizzas at Taproom de Vaux
The pints aren’t much fresher than those served at the new Vaux Taproom starting this weekend. After months of delays due to the pandemic, the taproom can finally serve its first pints to its customers from June 12, when it will open its doors in Roker for the weekend trade. There will be 11 different varieties of beers available, straight from the cold room, as well as pizzas from Fyre Pizza. Reservation is recommended on www.vaux.beer, but there will be an allowance for walk-ups.
:: Afternoon tea at The Sweet Petite
Savor one of Sunderland’s finest afternoon teas at Sweet Petite in Mackie’s Corner. The pastry shop built a loyal following during the lockdown and people can finally take a seat in the charming boutique, with outdoor seating also available. Afternoon tea is available Thursday through Saturday from 2pm and is priced at £ 17 per person. Message the store’s social media pages to book or visit the website here. The indoor tables can seat four people and the outdoor tables can seat five people.
:: Pink sliced cinnamon swirls at Grinder
The Grinder Cafe on Durham Road across from University Tube Station works with a number of independent bakeries for its snacks and this weekend people can try pink sliced cinnamon cake in limited supply. The sweet treat is a mix between the classic Mackem snack and a Cinnabomb. The cakes are available exclusively from Grinder and you can pre-order yours on Grinder’s Instagram page.
:: Food with a view at the Seaburn Inn
Although it has 40 rooms, the recently opened Seaburn Inn is not just a hotel. The onsite pub and restaurant is very community driven. The kitchen is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers everything from breakfast, with options such as full English and Eggs Benedict at lunch, with options like sandwiches and pub classics all the way through. ‘to larger evening meals, including sea bass fillets and curried chicken katsu. Open for walks.
:: Italian classics from San Marino at Hanover Place
One of the city’s oldest restaurants, San Marino, has moved from its base in Chester Road, where it served classic Italian fare for 26 years, to its sister site at Hanover Place in Deptford. Expect the same great level of food, as well as a new beer garden.
:: Gastronomic tasting menu at Undisclosed
Last month, the new Undisclosed restaurant opened on the former D’Acqua site on John Street, bringing fine dining and a sweatshop vibe to the city. This week, it unveiled its eight-course gourmet tasting menu with dishes such as a beet and apple terrine served with a plucked apple, candied beets and an apple and wood pigeon gel complemented by dark chocolate and pickled raspberries. The tasting menu costs £ 75 per person, with food and wine pairing an additional £ 55. The restaurant also offers a vegetarian version at £ 65 per person. An à la carte menu is also available.
:: Seasonal products at Spent Grain
:: Fan zone at Victoria Gardens
:: Pizza in the wild fire at the Isis ship
Wild Fire Pizza has built a loyal following over its pop-up weekends at the Old Holmeside Cafe in the Winter Gardens, now you can get a share of the action at Ship Isis in Silksworth Row. There is no need to reserve in advance for their Neapolitan style pizzas. They are served Wednesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
:: Outdoor cocktails at Looking Glass
The Looking Glass opened its new Courtyard look at the back of the site after Lockdown – and it’s a true hidden gem. With its cabins, radiators, and secluded atmosphere, it’s a great spot for cocktails and al fresco dining, with options like brunch platters and more.
:: Neon Selfie Walls in Halo
Halo opened on the former Bud Bigalows site after the Great Hall had been empty for several years. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating with foods like burgers, pizza, loaded fries, and more. The decor features selfie walls such as neon angel wings.
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