Its been awhile since I’ve been in the Shipwrights on Ferryboat Lane, Sunderland. The 350 year old former coaching inn is a proper pub with low ceiling and wood beam interior with lots of brass and it is right on the banks of the Wear.

Punch Taverns have applied to convert the upstairs accommodation into a restaurant and expand the bar. Let’s hope it is done sympathetically, we don’t want another saltgrass/Shakespeare to lament.

Details of the planning application are here