WhatPub Searches

Quick search buttons for Real Ale Pubs within the CAMRA Sunderland & South Tyneside branch area

Sunderland & South Tyneside CAMRA supports over 100 pubs & clubs in the branch area serving cask ales & real cider. We also encourage any pub in the area to try selling cask ale.
The number of pubs serving cask ale at any given time is fluid as properties change landlords & ownership.

In recent years many pubs have struggled to survive, often due to “punitive” taxation & what is known as the beer tie.
In this current economic environment some local pubs face the most difficult times seen for many years. CAMRA asks anyone using this site to be our information source & keep us informed of changes to the information held on these pages. Please contact us with any pub related information.


    • All Sunderland & South Tyneside CAMRA area real ale pubs are listed on the CAMRA national pub database called WHATPUB.  CLICK HERE.
    • SPILE is used by Northeastern CAMRA branches as a North East regional Pubs Database, it is also available to all. CLICK HERE

Our Pub of the Year, Top 12 Pubs & CAMRA Good Beer Guide entries:

Each year a pub is chosen by our branch members to be out “Pub of the Year” or PotY.

This is actually part of a two year process:

  • Each year from January to December we ask every CAMRA member (both branch member & visitor) visiting a pub in our branch area to go onto WhatPub & leave a score. This score is based on the quality of the beer served.
  • At the end on each year all those scores are processed by our Pubs team into a league table list of all the real ale pubs in our area.
  • We enter the top 17 to be 17 of our branch allocation in the Good Beer Guide (GBG).
  • We actually get 22 allocations in the GBG (subject to a review each year) so the addition 5 entries are chosen by a sub committee set up specially from volunteers each year. We call these our “Wild cards” & are made up of 5 pubs we feel should have made the top 17.
  • The following year these 22 pubs  make up the ballot paper for our PotY vote. Everyone of our branch members has an opportunity to vote for 3 pubs on the ballot to be our PotY.
  • First vote gets 5 points, second 3 points & third gets 1 point. The pub getting the most points is awarded the title of branch PotY for that year. We also publish a list of the first 12 pubs:


Pub of the Year "Top 12" 2019

1stThe Ship IsisSunderland2nd2nd5th2nd
2ndThe MarineSouth Shields-3rd---
3rdThe SteamboatSouth Shields1st1st1st1st
4thThe Harbour ViewSunderland5th6th6th5th
5thThe Dun CowSunderland6th4th4th-
6thThe StepsWashington10th8th12th-
8thThe AvenueSunderland----
9thThe Ivy HouseSunderland7th7th8th12th
11thThe Grey HorseEast Boldon9th12th11th10th
12thThe CourtyardWashington7th-8th8th
Well done to all on the list, with over 100 "Real Ale" venues in the Sunderland & South Tyneside branch area it is an achievement to appear anywhere on this list.