A Review: Tin of Sardines, Roker

Tin of Sardines is the latest addition to Roker. This quirky gin bar has a stunning terrace overlooking the coast and serves brunch and an evening menu. I finally made it along and here is my review.

Tin of Sardines Brunch

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Tin of Sardines

Tin of Sardines Menu

From what I can tell, there are just two menus available from Tin of Sardines: Their brunch menu, and their cheese and charcuterie one. When I visited I had the chance to sample their brunch menu.

I had to do some serious digging in order to find their menus and I have emailed them to make sure I have them all as I don’t want to ie to you all. But their socials could do with a little bit of updating as it was difficult to find them.

Tin of Sardines Brunch Menu

Their brunch menu is served from 8:30 – 4pm every day. This is a little later than some other places in Sunderland which I like!

But here is their full brunch menu:

Tin of Sardines Brunch Menu

If you want to find more brunch spots in Sunderland then have a look at this blog post:

Best brunch spots in Sunderland

Tin of Sardines Cheese and Charcuterie menu

Their cheese and charcuterie boards look pretty good and I will be keen to go back and try these, as well as try some of their gins which they are famous for.

Their boards are served: 3pm – 9pm Sunday to Thursday and 3pm – 7pm Friday & Saturday

Cheese and Charcuterie board menu:

Tin of Sardines Cheese and Charcuterie Menu

They do also have a bottomless brunch offering which you do need to book in advance. There are two price points for it:

£30 – Unlimited prosecco (for your two-hour slot), and either cheese or charcuterie board, based on two people sharing.

£40 – Unlimited Champagne (for your two-hour slot), and either a cheese or charcuterie board, based on two people sharing.

We had looked at doing this however, it just wasn’t what I had expected. For bottomless brunch, I was expecting some kind of brunch food item. And instead of bottles of fizz, maybe some of the gin-based cocktails that they are so famous for? But that’s just my opinion, and it’s why I didn’t go for this option.

Tin of Sardines Opening Times

Tin of Sardines don’t have their open times on their socials anywhere I could find, so the times I have are from google. So if you are wanting to go, it is always best to phone and check with them just in case!

But they are open Sunday – Thursday 8:30am-11:30pm and Fridays and Saturdays they are open 8:30am – 12:30am.

Tin of Sardines

Important information

So here are all the important bits you need when planning your visit to Tin of Sardines, Roker.

Do I need to book?

Tin of sardines is operating on a walk-in-only basis right now unless you are booking for their bottomless brunch.

Can I take my dog?

Yes! Tin of sardines is dog friendly and there were so many pups there when we went! They even had a huge water bowl out for your four-legged friends!

Where can I park?

The closest parking for Tin of Sardines is the Marine Walk car park which is just down the bank

Postcode: Roker, Sunderland SR6 0RH

This is a pay-and-display car park, or you can pay via a parking app. It costs 60p per hour.

Alternatively, if you can’t handle the hill up from the car park or if it is full, you can park in the streets behind Queen Vic. However, these streets are always very busy and I imagine it is a nightmare for the people who live there to park.

Tin of Sardines

My Review of Tin of Sardines

So, let’s get into my review.

We chose to visit at breakfast time and went off their brunch menu. The sun was shining so we opted for a seat out on their terrace overlooking the water. It is a really beautiful place to sit and we could have stayed here for hours!

You find a table then go up to the bar to order your food. So I picked the avocado and eggs on sourdough (of course) and Tasha went for their hash bowl. We both ordered coffee which was brought over to us very quickly.

Tin of Sardines

The food took about 30 minutes to come. It was a busy Sunday morning so we expected it. However, it would have been better if they had told us when ordering.

I have to say, the coffee was delicious! The standard size was a great big cup and the flavours of the coffee were perfectly level with the vanilla syrup I had in it. With that view, I would definitely come back here just for coffee and a sit!

When the food eventually arrived it was presented really nicely. The poached eggs on both our dishes were cooked to perfection. A perfect runny yolk.

Tin of Sardines

My only complaint about it is that the amount of avocado was very little. I have seen photos on their own socials of how much you usually get. In comparison, mine just didn’t have as much. Perhaps they had run low with it being a weekend? But for £8.50, I’d just expect more sustenance.

I will definitely go back to Tin of Sardines to try their cheese board and get some of their gins in me!

Tin of Sardines

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