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The Saltgrass, Deptford, Sunderland

Hanover Place
Sunderland
SR4 6BY
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Saltgrass

A fifteen or so minute walk from the city centre in the pouring rain saw me arrive at the Saltgrass, one of the survivors from Sunderland's former ship building area. This is a great traditional pub with a strong seafaring theme, as you might expect. The entrance takes you straight into a very dark main bar area with the servery along the rear wall. A dark wood tongue and groove counter with a part mirrored, part obscured glass bar back helps give the place the feel of an old fashioned boozer, which is further enhanced by some very dark wood half panelling and a similar arrangement on the ceiling. A lit fireplace opposite the bar with a huge Vaux Stouts and Ales mirror above was really pumping out the heat and helped me to quickly dry out. Seating runs in an L-shape opposite the bar and down the left hand side, mostly in the form of fixed benches and low stools. There are lots of references to life on the open seas, including a diver's helmet, life ring, old lamps and loads of ropes and pulleys along the ceiling. More conventional décor includes a small tankard collection hung from the ceiling above the bar. To the right of the servery is a short passage, running past a juke box, into a rear lounge. This was a much brighter space, but notably with no customers present. Similar seating can be found here in a marginally larger space with its own short section of servery and more ship-based décor. Music played throughout my visit and live music was being promoted on numerous posters. A plaque next to the bar declared that this was the Regional Winner of the Daily Express pub of the year contest for 1969.
I think I counted five handpulls on the bar, two of which were out of action, leaving Maxim Swedish Blonde and Double Maxim plus Black Sheep Bitter as the options. The Swedish Blonde cost £3.00 for a pint and was in good condition. A modest crowd generated a decent atmosphere in the front bar, but the pub was a good deal quieter than most visited on this particular evening.
I enjoyed the warm, cosy ambiance this traditional pub generated on a bitter Winter's evening. The place has a good deal of character and no doubt the walls could tell you a good few tales from down the years. It might be a bit of a trek out of town, but I found it worthwhile and a solid double header with the nearby Kings Arms.

On 18th February 2016 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Saltgrass

It took about a 10 min walk from Isis and is only around the corner from the Kings Arms. This is a nautical themed pub, with two rooms and a central bar serving the two. The back room was mainly set out for dining. The barmaid was friendly and chatty, and the beer excellent, so we stayed a little longer than expected. The Maxim Swedish Blonde was a good session ale.

On 24th August 2013 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Philip Findlay
St Peters, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Sunderland, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Seaburn, 2.27 miles, 43 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Saltgrass, Sunderland
15th Jan 2019, 12:00
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15th Jan 2019, 12:00
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  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 18 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 18 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
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  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
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