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Sunderland's Designated Pubs: All You Need To Know

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Travelling to London for the Capital One Cup final? Then take a look at our handy guide of the pubs Sunderland have been allocated for the big day.


Due to a 'controlled drinking zone' around the stadium, which means you may be stopped by the police if you are seen drinking in the street, Sunderland have been allocated 11 pubs for our trip to Wembley. Be warned that any supporters who are deemed to be drunk will not be permitted access to Wembley Stadium and the pubs are expected to completely close at 1pm (an hour before kick off) and then re-open at 2.15pm.

There have been reports of pubs putting up prices for major events at Wembley and any of the following pubs that serve food may have cleared the tables away on match day to make room for more fans, so they may not actually serve food.

Pubs around Wembley have also been known to have door staff who will require you to show your ticket before they let you in, this doesn't always happen but it's something you should be aware of.

The Torch


Has a wide selection of food and serves plenty of different drinks (including real ale). Children are allowed if eating, it's disabled friendly and there is also beer garden. Along with the 'Crock of Gold' (below) will have one of the better atmospheres before the game.

Typical prices: Fish and chips, £6.49; Cheeseburger, £6.79; All-day breakfast, £6.99.

Website: HERE

1-5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB Tel: 020 8904 5794

Crock of Gold


A basic, run of the mill sports pub. A choice of sports on the big screens and around £5 per pint but gets very crowded despite being a little further away from Wembley than Sunderland's other designated pubs and has been known to put their prices up on the day.

23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB Tel: 020 8908 6933

Moore Spice


Bar/restaurant named in honour of Bobby Moore, because of which you will find plenty of Bobby Moore and England 1966 memorabilia inside. One of the bigger pubs that Sunderland have been allocated, it has a great view of Wembley from the upper floor. Mainly serves Indian food and usually adds £1.50 per head service charge to food orders.

Typical prices: Between £3.25 and £3.75 for a pint of draught beer and between £2.50 and £4 for a bottle. Most of the curries, vindaloos and madras cost £7.45.

Website: HERE

Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH Tel: 0208 795 1966

Watkins Folly


Another pub/restaurant, this one has room for plenty of fans and has a wide selection of food and drink, including a large range of domestic and imported beers (doesn't always have ales on tap). Also has six big screens which they will be showing the game on and looks quite like a casino inside due to the shiny floor and the slow flashing lights on the ceiling.

Website: HERE

1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW Tel: 0208 902 9944

Blue Check Cafe


A medium sized American style bar/restaurant, this one has French windows that allows it's patrons to spill out onto the pavement outside. Usually has sports (without sound) on the numerous big screens and expect to pay up to £5 per pint.

Typical prices: Between £4 and £4.50 for a draught beer, with bottles coming in slightly cheaper and soft drinks approximately half the price.

Website: HERE

12-13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ Tel: 020 8902 8147

Alisan Bar


A restaurant that serves Chinese and Indian food, has it's own car park which will be available for free for up to 5 hours for customers. Has excellent views of the stadium but despite having a few big screens, really is more of a restaurant than a bar, so will likely be lacking in atmosphere.

Typical prices: £4.25 for draught beer, around £3.75 for bottled and up to £2.50 for soft or hot drinks.

Website: HERE

The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG Tel: 020 8903 3888

Crystal Club (Silverspoon)


A banqueting hall/rollerdisco/sports bar, this will be open from 10am on match day. There will be no entry fee, coaches are welcome and will provide big screens and two bars. It's quite a spacious venue so should hold plenty of fans.

Website: HERE

South Way, Wembley Tel: 020 3576 5765

The Parish


An Irish pub that will have the match on a big screen but is very small and, unless you are there early, it will almost certainly be packed out with no way inside. On the plus side, the intimate size of the pub means it's likely to have a good atmosphere, if you are lucky enough to get inside.

120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP Tel: 020 8903 8119

First Class Sports Bar


A sports bar with three big screens and two TVs, has surround sound so atmosphere likely to be good on match day. A huge amount of sports memorabilia, mainly serves lager and if the weather is good they have a large marque out back where you can watch Sky Sports.

125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG Tel: 020 8900 0096

The Wembley Tavern


Pretty much a run of the mill pub, should hold a good number of fans. Has a number of TVs that will be showing Sky Sports, serves lager and real ale and usually has a good atmosphere pre and post match.

121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG Tel: 020 8903 2955

Cheers Bar


Relatively small bar that does provide enough parking for 3 coaches and has a limited car park out back. As it's just outside the one mile radius of Wembley, it does not have to close an hour before kick off and alcohol tends to be cheaper than the pubs closer to the stadium.

45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS Tel: 020 8358 4443

Wembley Stadium


Visitors are allowed to bring small quantities of food for personal use only. Food must be in disposable packaging, and in a small bag/rucksack. Wembley

Alcohol, bottles and cans are not permitted into the stadium. So if you wish to take a drink in, you may have to buy a Capri Sun!

Food prices inside the stadium range from a hot dog for £4.40 to fish and chips for £7.80. Drinks prices range from soft drinks at £3.10 to a pint of Carlsberg at £4.70. Crisps and confectionery products are also available with prices starting from £1.20.

Map of Designated Pubs

View Designated Sunderland Pubs for Wembley in a larger map

Please comment below if you have recent experience of any of the pubs listed above or if you have a suggestion of any other watering holes outside the Stadium area that my be useful for fans to know.