Ashbrooke caters well for the people that live here. If you’re into fitness, then you may be tempted by membership at the Ashbrooke Sports Centre, which, in addition to the sports facilities, also features an Italian restaurant and two highly-rated bars. Backhouse Park is a great place for an early morning run too.
The Rosedene is Ashbrooke’s local pub. Situated in a Georgian mansion, it’s a cosy, family-friendly establishment with a good beer garden; which is ideal for the summer months. Venture a little further out and you’ll find some great local restaurants, including The Ashbrooke, The Barnes, Mamma Italia and Yuvraaj Restaurant, a popular Indian eatery. Diego’s Italian Restaurant in the Ashbrooke Sports Club is another great choice.
If you’re after a smaller bite, then the Vintage café, situated in the heart of Ashbrooke, is a firm favourite with residents.
There are plenty of convenience stores in Ashbrooke, which is great for those times when you don’t want to have to walk 20 minutes to the city centre. Ashbrooke Store is on Tunstall Vale, and Wilson’s Convenience Store is on Queen Alexandra Road. There’s also a Spar shop at the Shell Service Station on Ryhope Road.
There are several fantastic schools in the near vicinity too, which is welcome news for families with children. Ashbrooke School is a specialist day school for students with complex educational needs, and there’s also other great schools in the area, including, St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, St Anthony's Girls' Catholic Academy, Southmoor Academy, St Mary's RC Primary School, Hill View School, Thornhill Park School, together with the independent Argyle House School. Likewise, you’re within walking distant to the University of Sunderland City Campus and Sunderland College.
The area is excellent for commuters too. There are several bus stops in Ashbrooke, and Sunderland Station is only a quick walk away. From here, travellers can reach Newcastle, Durham, Whitby, Carlisle, Middlesbrough and Hexham. It takes around three and a half hours to reach London King’s Cross. The Metro train line provides another easy way to get around in the area; not only within Sunderland itself, but further afield too.