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The Museum Vaults, Sunderland Central, Sunderland

33 Silksworth Row
Sunderland
SR1 3QG
Phone: 01915659443

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Old Boots left this review about The Museum Vaults

Small two room pub with the counter in the front room housing three pulls, only Greene King IPA and a rather nice Styrian Blonde from Great North Eastern. Dreary collection of national kegs. Lots of nice original touches in this basic boozer.

On 12th May 2019 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Museum Vaults

This pub, located on a busy main road into the city, first opened in 1871 and has been managed by the same family for the last forty years, serving a wide cross section of the local community. The front bar has what might be one of the stickiest, in urgent need of replacing carpets I've ever seen, but funnily enough, to remove it would be to lose part of the intrinsic appeal of the place. There are dark wood beams across the ceiling and the bar runs down the right hand side with a pleasant dark wood counter and a tidy bar back with some original signage for real ales. Other oddities such as a set of bellows, some old tankards and a tambourine can also be found on the bar back - just part of the accumulation of the last forty years I suppose. Fixed bench seating runs around the perimeter, split midway by a fireplace, above which is a TV screen showing muted football. Old lamps provide atmospheric low-level lighting which seems befitting of a room such as this. The front windows have adverts for the likes of Guinness to obscure them, but the top panes looked older and had some decorative merit. A doorway leads through to the rear room, also carpeted and with more fixed benches and low stools. A lit fireplace over on the right hand wall helped warm the space up considerably and was surrounded by modern floral wallpaper. A couple of nice stained glass partitioning screens down the left hand side of the room create a series of small seating booths and there is a compact serving area over to the right, although it's just as easy to return to the main bar through the doorway. A marvellous stained glass door to the rear leads to the toilets and there were a collection of books and a great retro juke box to spend time perusing. Music was playing fairly loudly on a Saturday evening, which wasn't entirely fitting, but didn't seem to deter a good crowd of drinkers. In 2013 the pub was made the subject of a short documentary film called 'The Vaults', focussing on the pub's eclectic range of customers.
I thought I might find a good range of beers here, but there were just the two options available - Maxim Anderson's Best Scotch and Wylam Collingwood Pale. The Best Scotch cost £3.00 for a pint and was in excellent condition - a very enjoyable malty Winter brew.
This is a really interesting pub and one that has the unmistakable feel of being well loved by the local community. I found the place very easy to settle down in and enjoyed an excellent pint of well kept beer. This might not rank as one of the city's top beer destinations, but as an all round package I thought it was very good and one of a number of excellent pubs at this end of town.

On 18th February 2016 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Museum Vaults

A proper traditional pub. Two rooms, laid out one behind the other. Main drinkery as you enter with dark wood bar, green carpet, green leatherette benches, real fire and stained glass inlay with pub name picked out. The rear room is darker and a proper little gothic retreat. Faint smell of damp, unfortunately. Various bits of Sunderland FC ephemera on walls and it’s not a million miles away from the ground. Basic rear patio needed some tidying. Three pumps with two ales - Sonnet Taste & Heart and Acton Office Dog (very good nick). Proper pair of character locals in situ with an animated discussion underway regarding the best producer of various crisp flavours, though the general atmosphere seemed a bit melancholic underneath. Big screen TV, with another massive old 80s valve model above the entrance! Newly refitted bogs were let down by a stink of old piss and had no soap. Bit of a curate’s egg really - could have been indispensable, but….

On 26th June 2015 - rating: 7
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