Despite now being able to drink and dine indoors, many people still prefer to catch up with friends al fresco.
It’s meant that many city businesses have been creative with their outdoor spaces, from converted car parks to pavement seating. Here’s some of the new al fresco hot spots to try out in Sunderland.
5. Fat Unicorn, Mackie's Corner
Another excellent addition to Mackie's Corner, Fat Unicorn has outdoor seating to enjoy its artisan produce and coffees. They're also in the process of creating seating indoors. Photo: submitted
6. The Ship Isis, Silksworth Row
The Ship Isis has converted space at the rear of the pub into a seating area. It's the perfect place to tuck into Wild Fire pizza which is served at the pub Wednesdays to Sundays. No need to book. Photo: JPI Media
7. CoffeeHaus, John Street
CoffeeHaus, within Port Independent on the corner of John Street and St Thomas Street, has created an outdoor seating area to enjoy its excellent range of coffees and light bites. Photo: JPI Media
8. The Seaburn Inn
The Seaburn Inn pub and restaurant is open seven days a week and serves food from 7.30am to 9pm. As well as plenty of indoor seating, there's an outdoor area which overlooks the pub's play area for those with kids in tow. No need to book, walk ins welcome. Photo: JPI Media