Sunderland has many, many cherished pubs which now live only in the memory. But here is a list of 17 which, although no longer pulling pints, are at least still in use for other purposes.
How many of these did you enter for a tipple, before years later calling in for a manicure, newspaper, work-out, meal, prescription …?
1. The Sun Inn, Southwick
The Sun Inn closed in 2009 and was a Londis convenience shop for a while. Parts of it has more recently been used as a cafe and a beauty salon. Photo: Sunderland Echo
2. Continental/Sam’s Bar, St Thomas's Street
Hugely popular in the 1980s and 1990s, Sam’s Bar, pictured left in 1982, was a cellar bar. Where the street level entrance was, is currently the Fenomen Salon. Upstairs was The Continental, now a row of shops on the ground floor and 808 bar and kitchen on the first floor. Photo: Sunderland Echo
3. Windmills, Fulwell
Windmills was a two-room pub and a thriving concern on a weekend at one time. Opened in 1987 and pictured left the following year, it had previously been a garage and is now splits between a vet’s and the Alishaan restaurant. Photo: Sunderland Echo
4. Laburnum Cottage, Hendon
Now closed for over a decade, many Echo readers still remember it fondly. The digits ‘1922’ can still be seen above one of its doors giving a big clue to the age of the building. Sad, but at least part of the building remains in use as a pharmacy. Photo: Sunderland Echo