Sunderland City Centre Graduations Guide

01 July 2024
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Your University Graduation is a celebration of all of your hard work and achievements – a truly unforgettable day.

We want all graduates and their visiting family and friends to have an incredible experience in Sunderland for their special day, so we have put together this handy guide with lots of things to do, places to stay, sights to see, and venues to eat, drink, and celebrate during the week of 8 - 12 July 2024.

Restaurants

RUMOUR HAS IT

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 21.00

6/7 Green Terrace, SR1 3PZ

With beautiful, spacious booths and delicious menu items, Rumour Has It is also offering 2 for £12 on selected cocktails & a 2 courses for £12 meal deal!

SPENT GRAIN 

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.00 to 15.00

67 John Street, SR1 1QH

A place to eat, drink & relax within the heart of Sunderland City Centre. Great food in a relaxed environment.

DR Q'S FOOD FACTORY

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

16.00 to 23.00

24 Holmside, SR1 3JE

A family-style grill & mocktail bar restaurant offering high-quality food, including GRILL CHICKEN | BURGERS | STEAKS | WRAPS | DESSERTS | MOCKTAILS, and much more. This graduation week, enjoy 15% off your bill!

ROMA

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 21.00

13 Mary Street, SR1 3NH

Roma Sunderland offers a magnificent combination of modern and classic Italian dishes, simple and delightful and are created using the best freshest ingredients.

TOSCA

Wednesday – 12.00 to 13.45

Friday- 12.00 to 21.30

25 Derwent Street, SR1 3NU

A combination of great food and fantastic service, along with a warm and friendly atmosphere, means that you will experience a true Italian welcome every time you dine at Tosca.

ENFES

Friday

12.00 to 21.30

3 Derwent Street, SR1 3NT

Enfes Turkish Restaurant brings the authentic taste of Turkey to the heart of Sunderland. It provides a kicked-back dining experience with proper Turkish food.

ASIANA

Thursday & Friday - 12.00 to 14.00

Echo Building, SR1 1XD

Glass-fronted restaurant exploring the flavours of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and China.

MARCELLO'S

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 20.30

5 Albion Place, SR1 3NG

Marcellos Restaurant serves a wide range of authentic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair. It has received many awards and nominations over the last twenty years and showcases Italy's gastronomic heritage with critically acclaimed pizza, pasta, and meat or fish dishes. 

APERITIF

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 2.00 am

7 High Street West, SR1 3EX

Aperitif is easily accessible and convenient for those looking for a fine dining spot. The establishment also offers outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying the sun.

HOLIDAY INN

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

24 Hours

Keel Square, SR1 3DS

This fantastic new hotel on Keel Square offers all sorts of dishes all day, every day! The salads, in particular, stand out from this menu.

THE BOTANIST

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 10.00 to 23.00

Thursday – 10.00 to 1.00 am

Friday – 10.00 to 2.00 am

Keel Square, SR1 3DS

Home to timeless experiences, this Gastropub-style restaurant offers kebabs, brunch, and botanical cocktails in an exciting interior located in the heart of Keel Square.

NANDOS

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11.30 to 22.00

118 High Street West, SR1 1TX

Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant serving flame-grilled chicken in a variety of spicy (and not-so-spicy) chilli sauce.

ANGELOS

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 14.00

48 West Sunniside, SR1 1BA

Angelo’s Happy Hour menu is the perfect choice for a light lunch. You can also choose from the list of traditional Italian sandwiches, including Romana, Caprese, and Porchatta.

MY DELHI

Friday

13.00 to 22.00

39 Borough Road, SR1 1PL

This fun, vibrant, and eclectic restaurant serves up authentic favourites inspired by the roadside stalls of Delhi.

CITY BISTRO

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 14.30

Sunderland College, City Campus, Park Lane, SR1 3NX

Sunderland College students support all of the services at City Bistro. Rest assured, you’ll always be in safe hands; the students are led by industry professionals, and your custom feedback is a key part of their learning. City Bistro offers a high-end experience without the high-end price tag.

PREMIER INN - THYME RESTAURANT

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

1-3 Hind Street

Whether you fancy Sirloin Steak fresh from the grill or classics like Chicken Katsu Curry and Beef & Ale Pie, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Premier Inn restaurant, Thyme.

KARBON GRILL

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.30 – 21.30

Vaux Brewery Way, Monkwearmouth, SR5 1SN

 Located outside the Stadium of Light at the Hilton Garden Inn, offering a range of dishes from Light Bites to the finest Grilled Steaks and Burgers.

Bars & Pubs

808 BAR & KITCHEN

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 17:00 - 23:00

Friday 11.30 – 00.00

21 St Thomas Street, SR1 1QD

Tapas, Bao Buns and Light bites galore! This gorgeous upstairs venue has cosy booths and beautiful decor. Enjoy 10% off your bill and a free glass of prosecco for you and each of your guests this Graduations Week!

PORT OF CALL

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11.00 to 22.00

1-3 Park Lane, SR1 3NX

Port of Call is a premium bar & grill located in the heart of Sunderland, with weekly Express Menus with delicious, affordable specials.

GATSBY

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

9.30 to 19.30

13-14 Derwent Street, SR1 3NT

Large corner bar with two floors, weekly specials at great prices, traditional pub-grub and a relaxed vibe.

CHAPLINS

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.00 to 00.00

40 Stockton Road, SR1 3NR

A warm and welcoming traditional pub, with homegrown produce used in most of their dishes.

COOPER ROSE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

8.00 to 00.00

2-4 Albion Place, SR1 3NG

The Cooper Rose is a Wetherspoon pub which offers a range of meals and offers, as well as freshly ground Lavazza coffee.

TTONIC

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 3.00 am

12-13 Vine Place, SR1 3NE

Pizzas, burgers, salads, pub grub and more, Ttonic Bar and Kitchen has something to please everyone.

THE EMPORIUM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11.00 to 00.00

20 Vine Place, SR1 3NE

A prime spot for light bites and loaded fries, The Emporium has great value, freshly made food.

THE OLD VESTRY

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 19.00

23 Fawcett Street, SR1 1RH

Traditional pub servicing delicious freshly made food.

LIFE OF RILEY

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11.00 to 1.00 am

3-5 Green Terrace, SR1 3PZ

A quirky and interesting venue, with colourful decor and excellent special offers on the food menu.

THE ENGINE ROOM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11.30 to 23.00

9 High Street West, SR1 3HA

Sitting inside the lovingly restored Old Fire Station, in the heart of Sunderland’s cultural quarter, the Engine Room serves great-quality food made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

THE PEACOCK

Thursday & Friday

12.00 to 19.00

287 High Street West, SR1 3ES

A stunning family-run Edwardian public house in the heart of Sunderland's Culture Quarter. Serves open sandwiches, soups, burgers and more.

DIEGO'S JOINT

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11.30 to 14.30

27 Norfolk Street

A modern bar, coffee house, and events space located in the up-and-coming Sunniside area, it serves a range of ethically sourced products in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

BARGE & BARREL

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

9.00 to 23.00

3-4 Burdon Road, SR1 1QB

Yates Sunderland is in the heart of Sunderland city centre. This pub offers great-value food and drinks and daily food specials.

WILLIAM JAMESON

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

8.00 to 00.00

30-32 Fawcett Street, SR1 1RH

Named after William Jameson, who laid out Fawcett Street and the surrounding roads on behalf of the Fawcett family, the William Jameson is a Wetherspoon pub which offers a range of meals and offers, as well as freshly ground Lavazza coffee.

 KEEL TAVERN

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11.00 to 23.00

Keel Square, SR1 3DW

The perfect setting to enjoy the very best in craft beer and wholesome, honest food. The bar boasts a handpicked lineup of rotational cask, keg and bottled beer from the northeast and beyond. The food menu served daily has been carefully curated by their Head Chef to showcase local & seasonal pub grub at its best.

Cafes

LUCKY CAT BOBA

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.00 to 17.00

241 High Street West, SR1 3DE

Independent cafe serving bubble teas & slushes, speciality coffee, luxury ice creams & sundaes, bubble waffles, American-style pancakes and more! Enjoy 10% off your order!

Lucky Cat Boba

GOOD APPLE CAFE

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.00 to 15.00

18 Derwent Street, SR1 3NU

Sunderland's first 100% vegan cafe with lunch options, including healthy wraps and bagels, as well as other hot vegan food options. 

CRUMB ON IN

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

9.00 to 16.00

8-10 Holmeside, SR1 3JE

A lovely little tearoom within Harrison & Brown Furniture Shop offering handmade cakes, pies, cheesecakes, toasties, sandwiches and more!

THE GLASS ONION BISTRO

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

9.30 to 16.00

33-34 Blandford Street, SR1 3JJ

Wholesome, home-cooked food. Something for everyone.

NUDO SUSHI BOX

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.30 to 19.00

Unit 57 The Bridges, SR1 3LE

Nudo's philosophy is to serve healthy, quality food in a pleasant, comfortable atmosphere with friendly and attentive service at reasonable prices.

 GREGGS

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

18 Fawcett Street, SR1 1RH – 7.00 to 19.00

Phoenix House, Union Street, SR1 3BT - 6.30 to 20.00

CAFFE NERO

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

7.00 to 18.30

The Bridges Shopping Centre, St Retail Park, New Market, SR1 3LE

Casual coffee shop with a menu of light dishes & specially blended hot & cold drinks.

COSTA

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

7.00 to 17.30

26 Market Square, SR1 3HW

The counter-service coffee chain offers hot drinks, iced coolers, sweet snacks, and sandwiches.

ESQUIRES

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

9.00 to 16.30

The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland SR1 3DR

Ethical coffee chain with a community spirit. A selection of fresh, delicious food that reflects local tastes and favourite bites.

STARBUCKS

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

7.30 to 17.30

The Bridges Shopping Centre, SR1 3DR

Along with a fantastic selection of coffee, there is a wide choice of fresh food, including sandwiches, salads and yummy cakes.

WENDY'S PLACE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.30 to 16.30

58 Fawcett Street, SR1 1SE

Committed to providing Sunderland with delicious homemade food, utilising traditional cooking methods made with only the freshest ingredients, this menu will tantalise your taste buds.

BREW & BAKE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

8.00 to 17.00

City Hall, SR1 3AA

The Brew & Bake menu focuses on tasty, nutritious, high-quality, sustainable food and drinks. All items are either freshly made on-site or sourced from quality local suppliers.

THE KEEL LOUNGE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.00 to 15.30

72-74 High Street West, SR1 3DW

Independent, welcoming cafe serving Sandwiches, paninis, cakes, scones, jacket potatoes, lasagne, chicken burgers, full English Breakfast, salads, crumpets, homemade soup, porridge, muffins and hot drinks. 

BIZ-R

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

8.00 to 17.00

99-100 High St W, SR1 3BY

Family-run coffee shop, great coffee, homemade cakes, paninis, toasties & sandwiches

CAFE FLORIANA

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.00 to 16.00

1-2 Burdon Rd, SR1 1QB

The local coffee house serves Pumphrey speciality coffee and tea, lunch, brunch, and Mediterranean-style eats. 

FAT UNICORN

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.00 to 16.00 (Friday until 18.00)

Mackies Corner, SR1 1TA

General store & delicatessen serving artisan cheese, charcuterie, pies, sandwiches and more.

BETSY JENNY WELLBEING CAFE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10.00 to 16.00

30 Bridge Street, SR1 1TE

A vibrant, well-being cafe, open to all. Daily specials, nutritious dishes and tasty treats.

SEA GLASS CAFE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

08.00 to 17.00

211 High Street West, SR1 1UA

The Seaglass Cafe is an intimate Cafe in Sunderland with a great, Allergen-friendly selection.

Hotels & Accommodation

PREMIER INN

1-3 Hind St, SR1 3QD

0333 003 7893

HOLIDAY INN

Keel Sq, SR1 3AW

0191 707 0900

HILTON GARDEN INN

Vaux Brewery Way, SR5 1SN

0191 500 9494

TRAVELODGE

Low Row, SR1 3PY

0871 984 6050

Leisure & Activities

Sunderland Bowl

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11:00 - 23:00

141 High Street West, SR1 1TR

Bowling, Mini Golf, Shuffleboard, Smart Darts, Beer/cider/soft drink Pong, Shooting Range, American Pool, Table Tennis and more!

Omniplex Cinema

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

11:00 - 23:00

4 Lambton Street, SR1 1TP

Catch the latest movies and classic re-releases. It is the perfect place for lovers of the big screen, and for just £11.99 per month, you can get a ticket to every movie with MyOmniPass.