Life of Riley, Green Terrace, Sunderland

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It’s often off-putting going for a meal in busy city centre pubs.

It can sometimes be difficult to separate the diners from the drinkers.

It’s something Wetherspoons do very well. And Life of Riley, though a lot quirkier than Wetherspoons, has also managed to create a separate eating area without losing the relaxed pub experience atmosphere.

Since opening on the former Glass Spider site in March, this new addition to the city centre seems to have become popular.

Every time I’ve visited it’s been busy and the Saturday I went for food was no different.

There’s nothing too out of the ordinary on the menu – pizza, pasta, pies, burgers and grills but if you’re looking to fill a hole for a reasonable price then Riley’s your man.

This menu runs from 11am to 8pm Monday to Saturday. On Sundays there’s a carvery menu available between noon and 5pm for £5.95 with a free dessert.

After finding a table we ordered a couple of pizzas to share between us, priced £6.25 each.

Service was slow but as this is a pub and we were enjoying a lazy Bank Holiday afternoon we didn’t mind working our way through the drinks menu. I bought one of the Friend of Mr Riley cards, priced £5, which entitles you to 50 per cent of your second full price classic cocktail all day, every day.

Two drinks each later, our food arrived and the cheery waitress apologised for the delay.

Our Americana pepperoni pizza and a hot and spicy number were loaded with toppings.

Katy Wheeler