MONARCHISTS won’t be happy, The Royalty in Sunderland is no more.
The popular boozer, in Chester Road, has been renamed The Stumble Inn.
It has also had a full-scale makeover.
Looking to attract both Millfield stalwarts and students, the pub hopes to become a focal point within the community.
“The Royalty has been there for years,” said landlady Elaine Griffiths.
“And with the look and the feel we were going for, we felt like it needed to change.
“I think everybody will remember how it used to be, but now when they stumble in, they will see it has a warm and cosy, community feel.”
She added: “It’s had a full refurbishment.
“We’ve gone for a quirky take on a traditional community pub and it’s quite modern.”
The Stumble Inn has been open to the public all week, but tonight sees the pub reopened officially.
Open daily from 11am till 11pm, the Millfield pub has introduced a full food menu, including pub classics such as lasagne, fish and chips, gammon and burgers.
It is hoped that quiz nights, live music and pub games can bring together both students and locals living in the area.
Elaine added: “We want to make it a hub for the community.
“We want to put the emphasis back on going to a local pub, to have fun and chat to people .
“It’s in a mixed area, but my vision is for it to be a local pub.
“The hard job I’ve got is that, because of where it is, everybody will think it’s a student pub.
“Realistically it’s the complete opposite. It’s been laid out as a community pub.
“It’s for locals, but if students want to go in, that’s great.”
The Stumble Inn is the first pub to have Elaine’s name above the door.
But having worked as an assistant manager in Varsity in Sunderland city centre and The Britannia Inn, Cleadon, she knows what it takes to run a successful pub.
The 34-year-old, from Tunstall, has leased the pub from Scottish and Newcastle, after some 16 years of working in the industry.