Sunderland couple turn horsebox into new coffee house - complete with stunning views and Shetland ponies

A Sunderland couple who have converted an old horse trailer into a new coffee shop are celebrating a successful opening after deciding to start a new business venture during the coronavirus lockdown.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 3:59 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 4:00 pm
The New Plough

Emma Mould, 45 and Marc Harrison, 39, opened unique coffee trailer the New Plough in Cox Green, selling freshly made tea, coffee and cakes – as well as giving customers the chance to take in the couple’s farm, which features pigs, rabbits and a Shetland ponies named Charlie and Spirit.

Situated right on the River Wear, Emma and Marc wanted to give people a place to enjoy the scenery of Cox Green and decided they were ready to take the plunge of opening the business during the coronavirus lockdown.

Emma’s Dad got to work converting the old horse trailer and the business opened for the first time in late June, offering a takeaway service or outdoor seating.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Owners of The New Plough Coffee Trailer Emma Mould and Marc Harrison, with Shetland pony, Charlie

Emma said: “I’ve always loved the thought of opening something for people to appreciate the beautiful setting.

“Since lockdown the amount of people enjoying walks and visiting Cox Green seemed to give us the perfect time to get started.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support and the lovely comments. Our first weekend has been such a success.”

The family friendly coffee trailer is planning on offering future children themed days where youngsters will be able to meet and pet the couples Shetland Pony’s and hope to attract walkers all year round.

The New Plough Coffee Trailer, Waterside, Cox Green.

The New Plough Coffee and Tea House is now open at the Cox Green Waterside.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

The New Plough Coffee Trailer, converted from an old horse trailer.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you

How to subscribe to the print edition

It’s easy to subscribe to your local newspaper. We have arranged a special 20 per cent off subscription offer for people to take advantage of. Visit, choose the newspaper title, the type of subscription and enter your details.