Created 31st July 2019

The Ship Isis

The people behind popular city centre restaurant Mexico 70 have announced they will be taking over the historic Isis pub. Although Mexican fusion food has proved popular at the site opposite the Empire theatre, the company has announced that the menu at The Isis will be non-Mexican, but still casual dining.

Mexico 70 in High Street West, which has built up a following for its tacos and unique character, will continue to operate as normal, while its management will take over the reins at the Isis from August 1. The Ship Isis building is owned by the University of Sunderland, it first opened in 1885 and in February the pub was named as CAMRA’s Sunderland and South Tyneside Pub of the Year for 2019.

Bradley Hall acted on behalf of the landlord to let the space, which is one of the city’s oldest pubs. Michael McGhin, commercial property manager at Bradley Hall, said: “The Ship Isis is one of the city’s most iconic pubs and we were delighted that an established, Sunderland based business has stepped in to keep it operating. It is an incredibly popular destination for local people, and we know that the local community will be pleased it will continue to offer its current charm and character under the new management.” A statement on the Mexico 70 social media channels reads: “We are really excited to say that the team that brought you Mexico 70 is taking over the lease at the Isis. “The Isis is a great honest Sunderland pub with the best range of ales and beers around and we are intending to keep it running just as it was.”

A spokesperson for the University added: “This is a positive outcome and really good news for the city. Having worked alongside the agent we’re really pleased to have so quickly secured new tenants for the landmark Ship Isis pub. They are clearly enthusiastic and keen to bring the experience gained by successfully running Mexico 70 to their new venture from 1 August, we wish them every success.

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