Sunderland pub The Albion reopens as upmarket bar after six-figure refit

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A LANDMARK city pub is set to reopen after a six-figure investment to transform it into an upmarket bar.

After a major refurbishment and a seven-month closure, The Albion, in Ryhope, will open its doors on Wednesday, creating 12 jobs.

A successful restauranteur has bought the village site which he hopes to turn into a focal point for the community.

Kostas Aslanidis, who owns Marina Vista Ristorante, at Roker Marina, and wife Lijie Zhang, have taken a hands-on role in transforming the pub.

While putting their personal stamp on the venue, which is believed to date back to the 1920s, they say they’ve also ensured that the bar’s period features remain, such as original fireplaces, a clock and last orders bell.

Trained chef Kostas, who moved to the North East in the early 1990s to study hotel and catering, and business, said: “It’s very important to us to make a valuable contribution to the Ryhope area, and I’m confident that will happen.

“We have talked to residents and made sure they have been kept informed of our plans at every stage.”

The Albion At Ryhope Restaurant & Bar, which will be open at various hours seven-days-a-week, caters for about 80 guests – and its side room can be adapted to sit 45 people for special occasion bookings. The menu will feature traditional and contemporary cuisine, twinned with a gastro-inspired special menu and traditional Sunday lunches.