Dining at the Isis: Sunderland’s ‘best pub’ hopes to offer food fit for reputation

Andrew Barnett, who is now running 'Barnett's Restaurant', upstairs above the Isis Pub.
Andrew Barnett, who is now running 'Barnett's Restaurant', upstairs above the Isis Pub.
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The pub’s been named as the city’s best boozer, now its upstairs restaurant is hoping to fly the flag for quality food.

Chef Andrew Barnett has opened eatery, Barnett’s, in the former function room above The Isis in Silksworth Row, city centre.

Since relaunching a few years ago under Jarrow Brewery, the Isis has earned a loyal following and scooped Pub of the Year, Sunderland and South Tyneside Camra (Campaign for Real Ale’s) award, for two years running.

Andrew, from South Hylton, believes good grub can also prove a draw.

He was head chef at The Stackyard, in East Herrington, which became renowned for its tapas.

It’s a style of dish he brought back with him after six years spent whipping up Spanish specialities in Tenerife.

“This room has great potential,” said Andrew. “It’s Sunderland through and through: it overlooks Wearmouth Bridge and has the old Vaux signs and photos on the walls.

“I’m going to be providing traditional, good, honest, filling, hearty classics.

“I have a specials board where I’ll be trying new things and seeing what people want.

“I’m using some great local suppliers such as the butcher who supplies Marco Pierre White’s steak house in Newcastle.

“It’s a little bit more expensive, but it’s worth it for the quality of meat.”

Dishes include home made steak and ale pie, cooked in real Jarrow ale (£8.50) and 8oz fillet steak served with a grilled tomato, mushrooms and home made onion rings and hand-cut chips (£14.95).

•Barnett’s @The Isis will be open lunch times from noon to 5pm and evenings from 5pm to 9pm. Sunday dinners will also be served.