Sunderland’s closed TJ Doyles pub reopens as Hanover Place

Hanover Place, Deptford, Sunderland.
Hanover Place, Deptford, Sunderland.
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A once-derelict Deptford pub is pulling pints once more.

Hanover Place has opened on the site of the former TJ Doyles pub, which closed two years ago, in a bid to bring back the area’s popular drinking route.

Hanover Place, Deptford, Sunderland.

Hanover Place, Deptford, Sunderland.

Gone is the Irish theme of the pub’s former guise to be replaced with a more contemporary bar, that’s focused on real ale, Italian and English food and live music.

At the helm is boss Stefan Emmerson who says he believes the site, once popular with shipyard workers, has what it takes to be a thriving spot once more.

“I wanted a destination pub that’s out of the city centre and the reaction so far has been great, especially on match days,” he said.

Stefan, who has previously run bars including the former SR1 bar and Fino’s in the city centre as well as The Saltgrass, hopes the new bar will form part of a route for drinkers which also includes the nearby King’s Arms and The Saltgrass.

Hanover Place, Deptford, Sunderland.

Hanover Place, Deptford, Sunderland.

New features at the bar include a regular Mod night, which begins tomorrow, a DJ every Friday and Saturday playing disco, soul and funk and local ales including Maxim brews on draught.

Stefan said: “I have 25 years’ experience in the pub trade and I really believe this bar has potential.

“We’ve completely stripped the place and given it a whole new look. We have Sky Sports, an open log fire, and people seem to really like it. There’s been a lot of interest and we haven’t even advertised it yet.

“It seats around a 100 people and we’ll have the kitchen up and running in a couple of weeks for English and Italian food and Sunday dinners throughout the day and evening.”

Hanover Place, Deptford, Sunderland.

Hanover Place, Deptford, Sunderland.