SUNDERLAND is set to be planted firmly on the food map, thanks to a new restaurant guide.
Food fanatics are in for a treat with the launch of a food magazine and website showcasing a sumptuous selection of some of the city’s top eateries.
The Restaurants in Sunderland project is the brainchild of city entrepreneur Paul Mason, who became fed up of seeing quality eateries being forced to close across Wearside.
He was spurred into action and wanted to let Wearsiders know about the range of quality restaurants right on their doorsteps.
Paul, who heads Hunter Mason Solutions, said: “I’m a massive foodie and travel all over the country to restaurants with my wife and family.
“The Restaurants in Sunderland project was born from an idea that had been rattling around for some time.
“Restaurants are closing hand-over-fist in our city and it is really sad to see. Some of them have been around for many years, but have simply not been able to ride out the economic tide we are in.
“My company works with many of them and we felt restaurants could do with a bit of help to get punters back through the door.”
After working with other regional food magazines, Paul decided it was time the city followed suit and “kickstart the Sunderland restaurant revolution”.
The food magazine, backed by the city council, is currently in production and a website and social media campaign will help get the message, as well as any offers and deals, into the public domain.
Paul said: “We aim to grow and grow the magazine and website to help all of our fantastic foodie spots get more people through the door.
“There are some real culinary gems in the city – restaurants that would compete against some of the best we have visited in the UK.
“All we need to do is showcase them.”
Restaurants wanting to get involved can phone Hunter Mason Solutions on 565 6808.
For details, visit www.restaurantssunderland.com or follow on Twitter @eatsunderland