New chicken restaurant comes home to roost at Sunderland seafront

Debbie Winch at The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland
Picture by Jane Coltman
Debbie Winch at The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland Picture by Jane Coltman
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The city’s newest restaurant is hoping diners will get in a flap over its chicken offering.

After more than a year operating as So Wok at Pier Point, Roker, the owners have transformed the site into The Chicken Shed.

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland
Picture by Jane Coltman

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland Picture by Jane Coltman

Though the noodle bar had proved popular with delivery and takeaway customers, owner Debbie Winch hopes the new venue will draw in more daytime and dining-in custom.

So Wok, which will relocate to Davison Terrace, Southwick, was the first business to open on the new business development, which overlooks Roker Pier.

“We’re in a lovely location here, but we feel like this view was wasted on deliveries,” explained Debbie.

The site has been given a new identity with wooden flooring and walls, antique fittings and vintage images of old chicken coops and farms.

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland
Picture by Jane Coltman

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland Picture by Jane Coltman

Debbie said: “The new look has really opened the site up and takes advantage of the views and it has a much warmer feel now.

“I’ve been collecting antiques and images for months as I knew I wanted to give it a vintage look.”

Speaking about the change of food, Debbie said: “We chose chicken because it’s so popular at the minute and we didn’t want to do something like fish and chips, as Downey’s already offer that.

“We feel like all the businesses here complement each other, and we all help each other, it’s like a little community.

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland
Picture by Jane Coltman

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland Picture by Jane Coltman

“As we’re not on a main road, some people still don’t know we’re here, so we have to rely on word of mouth.”

Dishes on offer include half-a-roast chicken, chicken wraps, chicken burger, pizza and salads, as well as vegetarian options and kids’ meals.

Debbie added: “We’ve also ordered a coffee machine and will be focusing on coffee and cakes in the afternoon, as we realise people don’t want to eat chicken at all times of the day.”

The Chicken Shed has created seven new jobs and will be open daily from noon to 10pm.

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland
Picture by Jane Coltman

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland Picture by Jane Coltman

“We only opened at the weekend and haven’t really publicised it while we find our feet, but we’ve had great feedback so far,” said Debbie.

“People have said they like that we’re cheaper than chicken restaurant chains, and we also have free parking at the public car park.

The businesswoman added: “We’ve applied for an alcohol licence and are hoping, now the light nights are coming, that a lot more people will come down here for evening dining.”

Debbie Winch at The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland
Picture by Jane Coltman

Debbie Winch at The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland Picture by Jane Coltman

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland
Picture by Jane Coltman

The Chicken Shed, Pier Point, Sunderland Picture by Jane Coltman