A brand-new 40-bedroom inn with stunning sea views and an outdoor terrace has opened to the public for the very first time.
Guests at the Seaburn Inn can enjoy spacious ensuite rooms spread over three floors along with a bar and dining area and a spacious outdoor terrace for al fresco drinks and dining.
The four-storey new-build was officially opened on Monday by 92-year-old Seaburn resident Lyn Overend who eagerly watched the construction of the inn progress.
She contacted The Inn Collection Group, which runs the inn, to say how watching the build kept her going throughout the coronavirus lockdown and gave her something to focus on instead of staring at four walls.
Lyn, who waved to construction workers with her duster every day, pulled a pint to officially open the inn and was given a tour of The Seaburn Inn by general manager Richard Miller.
She will also enjoy a mini-break at The Seaburn Inn and will be staying in one of the balcony view rooms.
The Seaburn Inn is part of a £1.5bn city-wide investment programme, that will see the seaside, city centre and residential areas of Sunderland transformed through council-driven regeneration projects and has created 60 jobs.
Lyn said: “I’m absolutely delighted to open the new Seaburn Inn. When they finished building this new inn I said if it’s the last thing I’m going to do, I want to stay there for the weekend.
“The next I heard, this lady rang me, she was a charming person. During the conversation, she said you live near and have watched the building being built and I said yes.
“Then she said would you like to give a little talk and I said yes I will because I know it inside out, I watched every bit and then she invited me to come along.
“I think it’s absolutely fabulous. I emailed all my friends and I told them all about it and they looked at it on the computer and they said it looks posh!
“It’s all been an honour for me, everybody has been so kind and we have had a lovely crowd come to see us, it’s been wonderful.”
You can view photos of the Seaburn Inn below.