Those who serve food and drink and can operate a delivery or collection service, however, are still able to operate.
As part of our #supportlocal campaign we’re encouraging people to shop at our independent businesses where possible, whilst still adhering to social distancing regulations.
We’ve rounded up some of the local shops still open for collection and / or delivery. Find out more by searching for each business on Facebook.
For a round-up of restaurants delivering during lockdown see here.
To have your business added to our guide email a photo and some details to [email protected]
1. The Little Shop, High Street West
The owners of established businesses Holmeside Coffee, Mexico 70, Ship Isis and Independent have teamed up to open The Little Shop co-op in High Street West. Housed in the former Holmeside Takeout unit, next door to Mexico 70, the new venture specialises in craft ales, natural and orange wine, craft lager and cider, takeout coffee and hand-rolled doughnuts. Initial opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5.30pm. People can just come along to the shop, or they can click and collect through the website https://thelittleshop.uk/
2. Sue's Cafe, Roker
Seafront institution Sue's Cafe is back open for takeout cuppas, sausage sandwiches, chips, ice cream and more. It will be open seven days a week, 8.30am to 5pm to begin with.
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3. Henderson's butchers, Roker Avenue
Top butchers Henderson's is open Monday to Saturday from 6.30am to 3pm. They make their own produce, from saveloys and sausages to their popular chilli burgers.
4. Darwin Brewery, Sunderland Enterprise Centre
Darwin Brewery, named after evolutionary pioneer Charles Darwin, has reopened after a two-month lockdown lay-off and launched a drive through collection service. The business, which has adapted its safety procedures to protect staff and customers, is also delivering locally. Among the eight bottled beers currently available are Darwin mainstays Evolution Ale bitter and Beagle Blonde light ale.
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