Seaburn station was adapted from the old National Rail line when the Metro expanded to Sunderland in 2002. Some train services still pass through the station, but don’t stop and Seaburn is the second busiest suburban metro station on the Sunderland line (after East Boldon)
If you leave the station from the main entrance and turn left, keep walking along that road for 5 minutes (past Sainsburys) and you’ll come across the Blue Bell on the right.
Apparently this pub has recently undergone a £120K refurbishment and it really shows. It’s often a wonder how local independent pubs mange to stay in business when others have the luxury of being sponsored by a brewery or pub chain to be able to plough money into it, however The Blue Bell does seem to get the balance right between standard corporate pub and cosy friendly local. Simply put, it’s a safe pair of hands.
It’s modernly decorated with a nice mixture of tables for food and more relaxed booths to sit in for drinks. There was a good selection of real ale on offer (something which had so far been lacking on this leg of the tour) – wine is available from as cheap as £9.99 a bottle and although we weren’t eating, the food we did see looked hearty and plentiful. The sharing planks, which are £10.49 for 5 items looked absolutely amazing and who doesn’t love Pie & a Pint for £5.99 (Wednesdays only)?
Yes there are bandits dotted around and large plasma screens on the walls but you know it’s a better class of pub when it’s showing rugby rather than football! To be honest this is probably more of a family friendly gastro pub than it is a session pub with your mates but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, after all I’m sure those sharing planks have good beer soaking up abilities!
Address: Fulwell Rd, Fulwell SR6 9AD
Tel: 0191 549 4020
Find out where else we’ve been on our metro pub tour here