Vaux chief toasts revamped Sunderland pub

Frank Nicholson, former managing director of Vaux Brewery, officially opened the refurbished Isis, Silksworth Row, Sunderland, with him are bar manager Christopher Taylor and assistant Katie Lamb, and owners Jess and Alison McConnell, right.

Frank Nicholson, former managing director of Vaux Brewery, officially opened the refurbished Isis, Silksworth Row, Sunderland, with him are bar manager Christopher Taylor and assistant Katie Lamb, and owners Jess and Alison McConnell, right.

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THE former boss of Sunderland’s own brewery has given the city’s newest pub the seal of approval.

Vaux managing director Frank Nicholson dropped in to toast the official launch of the Isis in Silksworth Row.

For Frank, the opening brought back memories of his time at the helm of the brewery.

“I haven’t opened a pub in Sunderland for about 14 years,” he said.

“Usually we are lamenting the closure of yet another pub or brewery, so it was rather nice to contradict that and celebrate the launch of a revitalised old pub, one which is going to be very successful.”

The Isis has been taken over by the Jarrow Brewery and will showcase locally-brewed real ales.

Brewery boss Jess McConnell is a former Vaux tenant.

“I used to have the Robin Hood in Jarrow and that’s how I came to know Frank,” he said.

The Isis is already proving a hit on the city’s burgeoning real ale circuit.

“The reaction has been excellent,” said Jess. “It has been very well supported.”

Frank confessed: “When Jess rang me about the opening, he said, ‘you will know all about the Ship Isis’, but for years it was a Scottish and Newcastle pub, and I would not have been seen dead in there.

“Despite the fact it could have been no more than 250 yards from my office, this was the first time I had ever been in there.”

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