Wetherspoon’s Sunderland pub the Cooper Rose has reopening now put back again to 2022

The reopening date of the Cooper Rose pub in Sunderland city centre has been put back for the fourth time.

Thursday, 9th December 2021, 12:40 pm

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The JD Wetherspoon bar in Albion Place has been undergoing a £2.2million refurbishment, with a roof terrace its most notable new feature.

The Echo reported in May that work was scheduled to take around four months, and were given a reopening date of October 25 at a cost of £2 million. By early October that had been amended to November 16.

That also passed and last week Wetherspoon gave a new date of December 14. However, the company contacted us the following day to say that there had been a mistake.

The Cooper Rose was originally scheduled to reopen on October 25.

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They apologised and said the information they gave us “was written in good faith and contained the correct date, but it was changed today (December 3)”.

A new date of Monday, December 20 was then given. But the pub will not be opening on that date either. Work is still going on inside, with scaffolding still up at the rear of the building.

Wetherspoon now say that the reopening will be in 2022, but have yet to announce an exact new date, which would be the fifth one given.

The Echo has asked for the reasons for the delay, but Wetherspoon say they will provide more detail when they are able to do so.

Scaffold is still up at the rear of the pub.

Work is being carried out by Oldham-based construction firm Medlock, whose website still refers to a handover in October.

The Cooper Rose first opened its doors in March 2011. Many Wearsiders still remember the building as the Durham Book Centre.

When it reopens, access will have been improved throughout the pub with a lift able to reach every part of the premises, including the new terrace which offers rooftop views across Sunderland.

The ground floor bar will be bigger and summer doors have been added to the front of the building.

Pub-goers will have to wait a little longer.

The pub will be the latest city centre venue to open its doors again after refurbishment. Nearby bar Hidden opened in July, while the Engine Room in High Street West opened again in October. The Fire Station Auditorium stages its first show on Friday, December 10.

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The pub is now scheduled to reopen in 2022.

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The Cooper Rose roof terrace will look like this when it's complete.