New owner takes over Sunderland’s Ropery pub

DJ Chris Bungoni holding a DJ night at The Ropery
DJ Chris Bungoni holding a DJ night at The Ropery
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New life is being breathed into a historic pub with a ropey past.

Though The Ropery, on the banks of the River Wear, in Deptford, is a well-known watering hole, it’s changed hands numerous times in recent years.

It has the potential to get back to what it used to be, especially with the live music.

Lee Gooch, manager at The Ropery

But new manager Lee Gooch says he believes he can make the venue - once Webster’s Ropery and the oldest remaining ropeworks building in the world - a success once more.

Music was always a popular draw to the pub, and that’s something the new manager wants to bring back.

“It’s had its ups and downs, but it has the potential to get back to what it used to be, especially with the live music,” he said.

Lee added: “I think because it’s closed and opened up again so many times over the years, people don’t know what’s happening and forget it’s here. We really need to advertise the fact we are here.”

As part of its new lease of life, the venue, which comprises a bar, restaurant and function room, will be taken over by club night Resistance next month.

It’s the brainchild of DJ Chris Bungoni and Michael Watson.

Chris, who has worked as a DJ at bars across Sunderland city centre and beyond, said: “This is different to anything out there as there will be three different types of music in three rooms.

“One of the DJs booked to play is Paul Taylor from Retro Events, the longest established club night in the UK. This will be the first time he’s played in Sunderland in eight years. He’ll be doing retro ‘90s house.

“In another room will be Mia Dora, a Scottish DJ duo who’ll be doing modern house. Then we have a techno room. We have ten local DJs lined up to play on the night too.”

He added: “It’s a great venue and a beautiful place with views up and down the river. It would be great to get more people coming down here.”

•Tickets for Resistance, on June 27, are £10 from Yakuza, John Street, Hot Rats, and Jealous Hair and Beauty in Grangetown and online at www.skiddle.com.