Sunderland

There are a number of public houses near the C2C finishing point. The Harbour View, The New Derby, The Cliff, The Queen Vic, the bar of the Roker Hotel and a few others are all within walking distance. The Smugglers, on the promenade at Roker Beach, was voted the top music venue in Sunderland and they have live music most days of the week. Bar meals are available at most of these pubs. There are also a number of excel ent Italians in Little Italy on the promenade and Santini’s and Gabriel e’s by the Mariott. For snacks, try the Bungalow CafĂ© on the cliff top at Roker. It is a well-known landmark, an old- fashioned cafe in a tiny bungalow. Next to it is the famous signpost, marked: “To Beach” (pointing towards the beach), “To Vil age” (pointing into Roker), “To Bungalow” (pointing to the cafe), and “To Germany” (pointing out to sea).

Seaburn

Shagorika: traditional Indian, reliable feast.

Priti Raj: contempory Indian, highly rated. Deptford

(over the Queen Alexandra Bridge)

KING’S ARMS, 1 Beech St, Hanover Place, SR4 6BU. (off Trimdon St behind the B&Q) This is worth the diversion as it’s one of the best beer pubs in the North East. It’s a ten minute walk from the city centre and is close to the university. Regulars include Timothy Taylor Landlord plus a wide choice of guest beers. There are nine handpumps. Camra pub of the year 2005, 2006 and regional North East winner. Lots of wood panelling, a small snug and lots of pictures of old Sunderland . 0191 567 9804.

SALTGRASS, Hanover Place, SR4 6BY. Quite why two of Sunderland’s best ale houses happen to be tucked behind B&Q just south of the Alexandra Bridge is a mystery that will resolve itself after a pint or two of the many guest beers. Old fashioned and friendly. Beamed ceilings, lots of old pictures. Popular for Sunday lunch. 0191 565 7229.

Roker Pier

Trattoria Due: At the Marina.

Roker Hotel Tavistock: Thai and Italian.

Throwing Stones: Top quality food at the Glass Centre.

THE PROMENADE, Queen’s Parade, SR6 8DA Serves Caledonian, Deuchars and Tetley. Seafront pub with excellent views. Serves good pub grub and upstairs there are four single rooms and three twins. 0191 529 2226.

HARBOUR VIEW, Benedict Rd, SR6 0NL Good range of beers very well kept. As the pub’s name suggests, it has commanding views over the marina and harbour and is a short distance from Roker beach. Specialises in microbreweries from near and far and there’s a quiz night Tuesdays and live music on Thursdays. 0191 567 1402.