Real ale heaven: These are the best 12 pubs in Sunderland and South Tyneside, according to CAMRA

Hundreds of real ale lovers have been voting for their favourite pub in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Thursday, 14th February 2019, 1:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th February 2019, 1:42 pm
Real ale lovers have been voting for their favourite pubs.

With more than 100 to choose from, there was plenty of competition. Here are the Top 12, as voted for by Sunderland and South Tyneside CAMRA. For more information on the branch and its annual poll, visit its website at

After being runner-up for the last two years, this Camerons-owned pub in Silksworth Row has been named Pub of the Year 2019. It serves 9 changing beers, includes guests from a range of independent breweries.
This privately-owned pub in Ocean Road, opposite Marine Park, is a free house which serves changing real ales and ciders, from six handpulls. It's the local CAMRA Cider Pub of 2019.

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The winner for the last four years, this popular pub at Mill Dam, has to settle for third place. Owned by Patron Capital, it offers an impressive range of beers from independent and microbrewers on nine handpumps.
This privately-owned pub in Harbour View is a modern local pub with six hand pulls which are changed regularly and the cask ales are chosen by local CAMRA members.
This Pub Culture-owned hostelry in High Street West is a Grade II-listed architectural gem which features in CAMRA's National Inventory. Won two awards in 2015 for best restoration and conservation.
Situated in Spout Lane, Concord, this Greene King pub opened in 1894 as the Spout Lane Inn and was renamed The Steps in 1976. Five changing real ales are on offer which are chosen by pub regulars.
Owned by Sir John Fitzgerald, this busy city-centre pub in Green Terrace has one of Sunderland's largest range of cask beers. Last year it celebrated 25 years' inclusion in the Good Beer Guide.
A new entry, this privately-owned local in Zetland Street is just a short walk from the Stadium of Light, and hosts various themed nights during the week including poker, bingo, pool and quizzes, plus live music.
A privately-owned pub in Worcester Terrace, the Ivy is tucked away but close to the bus and Metro interchange, and well worth seeking out. There are five ever-changing guest ales and ciders.
A second new entry, this privately-owned house in Stockton Road is also ideally placed for public transport, with Park Lane Interchange 2 minutes away. Seven handpulls, including Chaplins house ale.
This large mock-Tudor pub in Front Street, on the main road through the village, is owned by Stonegate, and its six changing guest beers are mainly from larger independent brewers.
This Biddick Lane bar is part of Washington Arts Centre, owned by Sunderland City Council. It offers a warm welcome to drinkers and food lovers alike, with 8 handpulled beers, 2 real ciders, and a perry.