Time for pub to have a revamp

The Ship Isis, Silksworth Row, Sunderland,  undergoing refurbishment
The Ship Isis, Silksworth Row, Sunderland, undergoing refurbishment
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A HISTORIC pub is to get a new lease of life as an independent brewery chain moves into Wearside.

The Jarrow Brewery has submitted plans to revamp the empty Grade II-listed Ship Isis, pictured, in Silksworth Row, creating a first-floor restaurant and ground-floor bar.

The firm, which owns The Maltings in South Shields and The Robin Hood in Jarrow, wants to restore the 125-year-old pub to its former glory and improve access to the building.

Architect David Brown, of Castle Eden-based Beaumont Brown, said: “The design philosophy is to return the building to its original internal layout as far as possible, retaining and restoring original features and details while fulfilling the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and current Building Regulation standards.”

Plans for The Isis, which has sat empty since 2009, include repairing the stone facade, taking bird-netting from the entrance portico and removing the existing sign board to reveal an original glazed fanlight.

There will be improved disabled access and toilets, a mezzanine level and the whole interior is in line for a revamp.

The main kitchen and separate male and female toilets will be fitted in a rear offshoot, with an outdoor smoking area on the first-floor.

Proposals are now with Sunderland City Council’s planning department, and a decision on whether or not to grant permission for the redevelopment is expected in the coming weeks.

The Ship Isis will be the Jarrow Brewery’s first pub outside South Tyneside, adding to the existing offer for real ale drinkers in Sunderland.

Real ale fanatics Jess and Alison McConnell formed the Jarrow Brewery company in 2002.

The company has won several awards for its beers, which are brewed beneath The Matlings in South Shields in what was the former Co-op dairy.

Many of the brewery’s products are named after the North East’s industrial heritage and older history, including Rivet Catcher and Venerable Bede.

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