DETAILS of an on-street beer garden have been revealed after Wetherspoon confirmed the council has granted permission for a road to be closed.

The chain has said a request to temporarily close the road behind The Cooper Rose in Sunderland has been approved by Sunderland City Council.

Earlier this month, the chain said a joint-request - along with the Chaplins pub opposite - had been made for the closure of Derwent Street.

At the time, the chain said it was in discussions with how the space behind the pubs could be used to create a beer garden in line with restrictions being lifted on April 12.

Meanwhile, the council said it was working to "finalise plans" to establish an attractive outdoor space for food and drink.

The Northern Echo: The pub does not have a beer garden at the moment Picture: JIM SCOTTThe pub does not have a beer garden at the moment Picture: JIM SCOTT

But revealing the plans for how the beer garden will look as it confirmed a decision had now been made, Wetherspoon said the road was closed on March 29.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesperson for the chain, said the beer garden at The Cooper Rose would be transformed to include planting, lighting and space for 36 people.

He said: "The road was closed by the council on the 29th March and The Cooper Rose will have nine tables and 36 chairs out with some planting and lighting.

"The pub shares the space with Chaplins bar (opposite) who have also shared the set up costs."

From April 12, new rules across England are expected to see pubs, restaurants and cafes permitted to serve food and drink outdoors.

It follows on from the easing of lockdown restrictions today as certain rules on travel and mixing with others were lifted.

In response, Sunderland City Council said: "A street café licence has been approved for the Cooper Rose and Chaplin’s pubs.

"Plans are progressing to establish an attractive new outdoor eating and drinking area for the city centre."