Make that a double! Restored Sunderland pub scoops two national awards

The Mac Trust's John Mowbray, Marie Nixon, and Paul Callaghan in the Dun Cow, High Street West, Sunderland.

The Mac Trust's John Mowbray, Marie Nixon, and Paul Callaghan in the Dun Cow, High Street West, Sunderland.

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The restoration of one of Sunderland’s most historic pubs has scooped two national awards.

The Dun Cow, in Sunderland’s city centre, today scooped two of just five titles in the National Pub Design Awards 2015, run by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) in association with Historic England and the Victorian Society.

The Dun Cow in Sunderland has won a refurbishment and conservation design award.

The Dun Cow in Sunderland has won a refurbishment and conservation design award.

It was crowned the winner in both the Refurbishment and Conservation categories. The Dun Cow is a Grade II-listed building, built as a gin palace in 1901, which has been rejuvenated and restored by new owner, the Music, Arts and Culture (Mac) Trust.

Fine Edwardian features have been conserved as part of a £300,000 restoration.

Author of the Judges Report, Professor Steven Parissien, said: “The latest Pub Design Award winners show that there’s lots of life left in this much-loved national treasure.

“All the winners show that good, sympathetic design makes commercial as well as aesthetic sense.

The Dun Cow, originally built as a gin palace in 1901, has been rejuvenated and restored to its former grandeur.

The Dun Cow, originally built as a gin palace in 1901, has been rejuvenated and restored to its former grandeur.

“They remind us the British pub is so much more than somewhere to have a pint – it is the beating heart of our neighbourhood, a place that defines our identity. It is absolutely fantastic.”

The Mac Trust’s Paul Callaghan is delighted to see the regeneration of The Dun Cow honoured at a national level.

“A lot of time, effort and real care went into the restoration ,” he said.

“For it to be recognised by a national organisation such as Camra is great news for The Dun Cow, for The Mac Trust and for Sunderland.

“And to win two awards if amazing.

“I would have been absolutely delighted just to be nominated, so to win two out of just five awards nationwide is fantastic.”

The Dun Cow is a central plank of the Mac Trust’s plan to create a new cultural quarter for Sunderland, which includes the transformation of the former fire station in High Street West.

Paul was quick to point out that the Trust could not take all the credit for the magnificent building.

“It is an absolutely beautiful pub to start with,” he said.

“All we did was to restore the building to its Edwardian glory.”