The Rosedene 

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Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR2 9BT

About us

The Rosedene is a very popular family pub and restaurant situated in the leafy suburbs of Ashbrooke on Queen Alexandra Road in Sunderland. Now owned by Greene King Pub Co it continues to go from strength to strength, under the management of John & Anita Dodsworth.

We have a large bar and lounge area serving a wide range of drinks and traditional cask ales including Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Greene King IPA. We are listed in the 2007 Good Beer Guide.

Delicious home cooked meals and fresh coffees are also served daily in our lounge area. We have a separate non-smoking restaurant complete with disabled access, which is open Friday and Saturday evenings (bookings recommended) and also serving traditional Sunday lunches.

Our function room can cater for a variety of special occassions including Weddings, Christenings and Christmas Parties. For further information contact John or Anita on 0191 528-4313

History of the Rosedene

The Rosedene was once a grand Georgian mansion, originally built as part of a small estate to the east of Tunstall Road known as Cresswell Close in 1830. The house, then known as Cresswell House, was pulled down and re-erected in its new position as an exact duplicate, re-named as Rose-dens House in approximately 1876.

Over the years the house has been owned by a Doctor, a Ropemaker and a Solicitor called Robert Thomas Wilkinson who married the daughter of local land and coal owner Stephen Pemberton. It was they who financed the move of the house brick by brick to its present position.

The house was then bought and lived in by Walter Horn and his wife. Horn's wife, Louisa, was still living in the house aged 83 with her son in 1938. The mansion fell into disrepair over the years and after restoration became a Vaux public house in 1964.

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