Food & Drink

Food & Drink in Sunderland

Sunderland has a great selection of restaurants, bars and nightlife suitable for all tastes and budgets. Many of our restaurants and bars are located in the city centre, but there are some excellent venues located on the outskirts of the city centre and at the coast, as well as high quality establishments a bit further afield in Washington and Houghton-le-Spring. The listings below will state where they are located, but you can also search for a restaurant or bar on the interactive map in the plan your visit section.

A well-known landmark at the coast, located on the upper promenade at Roker, approx. 2 miles from the city centre, the Bungalow Café is a great place to visit if you are feeling a bit peckish from all the fresh sea air. Keep an eye out for its quirky signposts that read 'To Beach' pointing towards...
Cellini's is a family-run café and restaurant set in the picturesque Washington Village, approx. 8 miles from the city centre. Selling authentic Italian homecooked meals, lunches and light snacks.  A cafe menu of breakfasts, sandwiches and salads as well as some dishes from the restaurant menu are...
Renowned for its friendly atmosphere and speciality coffees, Coffea Caban is a great city centre venue for eating and drinking. It is fully licensed and sells a range of beers and wines alongside teas, breakfasts, sandwiches, fresh cakes and scones throughout the day.
Love coffee and books?  Then this is the perfect café for you to indulge in both.  Located on the top floor of Waterstones in The Bridges, this is an ideal place to rest your tired legs after a long shopping trip with a hot beverage and tasty snack.
Based in the city centre, D'Acqua offers a fine dining experience, with reasonable prices and creative French, English and Italian dishes. With stylish décor and friendly staff, D'Acqua has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants in Sunderland, with a large customer base and an excellent...
Located on Elswick Road in Washington, approx. 8 miles from the city centre, it is popular with the locals and visitors. This well established Indian restaurant is known for its good value prices and large portions. A takeaway service is also available.
A speciality coffee house and café, selling fairtrade beverages and gourmet snacks in a relaxed environment.  A great place to watch all the shoppers go by in The Bridges, in the city centre.
This long established real ale pub in the heart of the city centre, offers a range of traditional pub food and sandwiches, as well as a tasty roast lunch on Sundays.  

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Perhaps Sunderland's most prominent landmark is Penshaw Monument. It was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Penshaw was modelled on Theseion, the Temple of Thesus in Athens.

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