ONE of Sunderland pub trade’s most familiar faces is back behind the bar on Wearside.
Former Vaux landlord John Stubbs has taken over at The Isis in Silksworth Row.
The 44-year-old is delighted to be pulling pints in the popular watering hole, owned by the Jarrow Brewery.
He said: “I ran a number of Vaux pubs in and around Sunderland including in the city centre.
“I worked for Vaux right up until it closed from around 1985. and ran pubs including Chaplins and Gillespies.”
John has continued in the trade since the brewery closed and jumped at the chance to get back into Sunderland.
He added: “I worked for a holding company for a short period, looking after pubs for Enterprise Inns.
“I am currently working for the Jarrow Brewery, and when the opportunity came along to take it over, myself and my partner Carol were really excited to be given the chance. It is fantastic.
“Big changes are happening in the city centre, with alterations to the road network and new hotels being built in the area, which is really good news. I am really looking forward to it.”
John and his partner, 41-year-old Carol Graham, want to maintain The Isis’ reputation for serving top-quality beer while expanding the business.
Contractors on-site are working to extend the kitchens. The Grade II listed pub, formerly the Ship Isis, stood empty for two years before being taken over by the Jarrow Brewery in 2011 and restored to its Victorian splendour.