Chesters, Chester Road, Sunderland

Chesters, Chester Road, Sunderland.

Chesters, Chester Road, Sunderland.

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WHEN looking for somewhere to cure a hangover, comfort and stodge have to be the priorities.

My group of friends are fairly regular visitors to the Chesters pub, Chester Road, and on this occasion we made a visit to cure our delicate selves.

What we didn’t expect to find was that since our last visit, the pub has been through an overhaul.

Driving past I had noticed the improvements to the exterior, which have certainly been cleaned up, and the pub does now look very inviting.

Thankfully, this is also reflected inside which has had an excellent makeover. Dare I say – it now looks fairly classy?

Plush carpets, glamorous wallpaper, and new furniture all make the pub feel more upmarket and there’s a new menu. I was glad to see the well-known watering hole has stuck to its roots and kept a decent pub food menu.

To settle our stomachs, our little group of three were decidedly unhealthy and chose the new Monster Chicken Wrap (£4.50) and paid £1 extra to load it up, one choosing chips, and the other two curly fries.

The giant wrap filled with fried chicken, bacon, cheese and onion rings was a whopper.

Fit to burst and feeling a lot less groggy, we really enjoyed the meal and it had gone down a treat.

When you’re in less need of a carb-loaded feeding, the menu does offer healthier meals.

Those marked with a heart are under 600 calories, and there are plenty of meals to choose from, including spuds, bar snacks, and classic meals such as Moroccan spiced lamb broth (£3.99) and sticky chicken and roast pepper salad (£4.99).

The pub also serves Costa coffee and we finished our visit off by perking ourselves up with one of these.

I chose a large cappuccino (£2.09) and Hannah chose a large latte (£2.09).

Drinks are reasonably priced too and there is a wide selection of wines and cocktails on the menu.

Bottles of wine start at £9.99, and there is buy two glasses get the rest of the bottle free offer.

Cocktails range from classics such as mojitos and black Russians, and are on offer at two for £7.50 every day

The visit was hailed a success and we left feeling a lot more sprightly.

The refurbishment has obviously gone down well with other visitors too because the pub was packed.

I don’t think we will be leaving it so long until our next visit.

Monica Turnbull

Twitter: @Monica_Turnbull