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Sheepfolds Stables – A ‘Propa’ Food And Drink Space

The Sheepfolds Stables in Sunderland is near completion and will be opening very soon with an exciting food, drink and leisure space…

Sheepfolds Stables

The Grade II listed stables in Sunderland was originally built in 1883 by the then owners, North Eastern Railway Company but had since been neglected and run-down. It was later acquired by Building Design Northern (BDN) who are leading the inspired £2m transformation of the Sheepfolds Stables; turning them into a vibrant food, drink and leisure hub on the north side of the river.

New Footbridge

Following a challenging two years, the multi-million pound development is now set to welcome its inaugural visitors in August 2024 with an expected 150,000 people anticipated in the first 12 months alone.

Sheepfolds Stables

The Sheepfolds Stables will link up with the city’s new footbridge crossing, allowing easy and direct access to pedestrians and cyclists from the original Vaux Brewery site which is also being regenerated as part of Sunderland City Council’s Riverside Sunderland delivery plan.

Sheepfolds Stables

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council:
“One after the next, the announcements of stunning new operators in Sheepfolds Stables have been made and the combined effect is a venue that I hope – and am sure – the whole city will get behind. The Stables really is going to be a unique place, delivering the highest quality offer. I can’t wait to see it open.”

An extensive reimagining of the stables includes over 30,000 ‘scoria brick’ cobbles, reinstated clock tower, cast iron wheel buffers, ceramic water troughs, hay loft winches, cast iron wheel buffers and bullnose interior brickworks are part of many more historic and original features that help retain the site’s integrity by the developers.

Sheepfolds Stables

The plans for the Sheepfolds Stables building include eight shop-fronted units, two courtyards, and various meeting areas for events and entertainment.

  • Yem – a cocktail bar, serving a stunning range of classic and modern drinks.
  • I Scream for Pizza – a pizza restaurant serving New York-style slices and homemade soft serve ice creams
  • Spey Snug – a whisky and cigar lounge from Speyside Distillers
  • The Calabash Tree – Caribbean food, inspired by the traditional tastes of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ember – an Asian-inspired restaurant from a skilled chef Tamar Hassan, who has worked in some of the world’s best restaurants
  • Southpaw Dance Company – the award-winning contemporary dance company is opening a new studio space and will provide entertainment to the Sheepfolds Stables visitors
  • Mother Mercy – Award-winning cocktail bar Mother Mercy will be also be joining the growing list of operators

Hairy Bikers star Si King has confirmed he will open his new eatery within the Sheepfolds Stables offering a creative menu of hearty dishes inspired by flavours from around the world. He will also use his the restaurant to stage exciting food pop-ups from independent producers, providing a platform for them to sell their chosen produce to visitors.

Si said:
“Sunderland is a transforming city, and one with great provenance when it comes to local produce. It’s a city by the sea, with access to fresh fish and seafood, plenty of allotments for homegrown fruit and veg, and a spirit of innovation that really appeals to me as a creative person”

### UPDATE ###
The Sheepfolds Stables will open on Friday 2nd August 2024 at 18:00hrs…

While popular hairy biker, Si King will be supporting the sheepfolds Stables pop-ups, his own ‘Propa’ street food looks to have fallen through.