The Rosedene, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland

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I’m now an honorary Mackem. I moved to Sunderland four weeks ago and my search for the best boozers and restaurants has begun.

Having worked at the Echo for the last six years I’ve got a good head start, but it’s the more traditional locals I’m keen to sniff out.

So far I’ve sampled the delights at Juniper’s Pantry, enjoyed a good glass of wine in The Hollymere and just the other week I found myself sitting in The Rosedene.

I’ve been to this pub-cum-restaurant once before with the ladies – and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It didn’t disappoint this time either.

The pub, on Queen Alexandra Road, was originally a Georgian mansion and became a public house in 1964. It has a traditional vibe, more relaxed and a far cry from the city’s newer, contemporary bars which cater for the younger market.

In The Rosedene you’ll find a mix of people – parents taking their kids out for tea, couples having a chilled-out afternoon and ladies, like us, sitting in one of the cosy corners having a good natter over a glass of wine and some grub.

The menu features a good selection of classic dishes as well as burgers, sandwiches and jacket potatoes.

We were pre-concert dining and after something hearty and filling to keep us stocked up. All three of us opted for a burger of some variety: one of my chums selected the southern fried chicken (£7.79), another the plain cheese burger (£8.79) and I settled on the chicken burger(£7.79).

I’m not usually one for a burger, but the chicken was tender and the home-made chips that accompanied it were good too. An added bonus was they all came with a dip, such as sweet chilli, to dunk the chips in.

The bar serves four real ales, with prices ranging from £2.65-£2.90.

I’ve now ticked The Rosedene off my list, but I’ll certainly be back for more.

Georga Spottiswood