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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Stadium
“The home of Sunderland AFC! My favourite team! Go and watch a match if there is one on when you are here. We will probably lose because we aren't very good but don't let that put you off, it hasn't put me off in 30 years :-) Also high profile concerts take place here in the summer. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Take That, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Oasis, One Direction and many more have been here over the years.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Museum
  • 1 local recommends
Premise
“Great Sunday lunches, coffee and scone, sandwiches etc. Lovely place to sit and watch the cyclists, dog walkers and joggers pass by.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
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“Working Lighthouse with visitor and tea room facilities. Only 10 mins drive away.”
  • 1 local recommends
Premise
“Its a free entry Glass blowing center lots of free glass blowing demonstrations there is also a very nice cafe inside for lunch and coffee”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Aiming for a more 'up market' feel, the Salt House Kitchen serves an interesting and frequently-changing menu, with sea-food playing a big role. Think Sea Reared Trout with Curried Mussels, or Steak with Beetroot-infused Octopus. A three course meal is likely to be around £35-£40 per head, excluding drinks.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lighthouse
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Lovely park near the beach. Watch out for the fantastic illuminations between September and November each year.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bistro Romano is our go-to restaurant for a special occasion. Or sometimes when we just want a really good steak! It's very well regarded in the area, and has been known to serve some local famous faces. We've pretty much tried all the dishes, and they're all delicious, but our favourite picks (when available) include: Fillet steak with haggis, chicken and chorizo risotto, and porcini mushroom and asparagus tagliatelle. Dessert has to be one of their ice-cream or sorbet selections. Although they don't have a bar to speak of, their selection of gins, vodkas, whisky is amazing, but dwarfed by their grappa collection. A meal for two with wine is likely to come in around £100 - £150 ”
  • 1 local recommends
Gym
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends
Bus Station
“a 10 minute walk to the hotel, easy access to the centre of Sunderland, The Stadium of Light and newcastle”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Click and collect seafood platters from the deli or enjoy a casual lunch in the cafe”
  • 2 locals recommend
Stadium
  • 2 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
$$$
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Aiming for a more 'up market' feel, the Salt House Kitchen serves an interesting and frequently-changing menu, with sea-food playing a big role. Think Sea Reared Trout with Curried Mussels, or Steak with Beetroot-infused Octopus. A three course meal is likely to be around £35-£40 per head, excluding drinks.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Flying the flag for Asian cuisine, the Fat Buddha is a popular bar and restaurant in the area. It overlooks the beach to the east, so is best enjoyed in Summer months, or in the afternoon. Another good venue for a celebration; it's open late and has a fairly up-beat atmosphere. The cocktails are definitely worth a try - the lychee martini is especially tasty! Service can be inconsistent, and be prepared to get your elbows out if you're out for a few drinks on a Bank Holiday!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Click and collect seafood platters from the deli or enjoy a casual lunch in the cafe”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bistro Romano is our go-to restaurant for a special occasion. Or sometimes when we just want a really good steak! It's very well regarded in the area, and has been known to serve some local famous faces. We've pretty much tried all the dishes, and they're all delicious, but our favourite picks (when available) include: Fillet steak with haggis, chicken and chorizo risotto, and porcini mushroom and asparagus tagliatelle. Dessert has to be one of their ice-cream or sorbet selections. Although they don't have a bar to speak of, their selection of gins, vodkas, whisky is amazing, but dwarfed by their grappa collection. A meal for two with wine is likely to come in around £100 - £150 ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“There is a great daytime menu here, two courses of food for £7! The food is fab!”
  • 1 local recommends
Italian Restaurant
“The only proper restaurant in Whitburn Village, Mamma Mia is a pleasant Italian restaurant, serving a range of traditional dishes with daily/weekly specials. If they're trying out something new you're likely to get a little taster while you wait for your starters, and if it's your birthday expect a sparkler and a serenade! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Steakhouse
“The Harvester is another good quality pub style restaurant serving similar food to the Fountain. Differences include the unlimited salad bar and the bar area is mostly used for having drink whilst waiting to be seated or after people have finished there meal. This gives it more of a restaurant atmosphere than the Fountain.”
  • 1 local recommends

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