Good Beer Guide: Four Sunderland pubs added to best drinking spots

The Dun Cow's assistant manager Daniel Iley celebrates the pubs Good Beer Guide success.
The Dun Cow's assistant manager Daniel Iley celebrates the pubs Good Beer Guide success.
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Four Wearside pubs are celebrating after making new appearances among the best of Britain’s real ale hostelries.

The Dun Cow in High Street West; Butcher’s Arms in High Street East; Chester’s in Chester Road and The Steps in Washington Village are among the new entries in the The Good Beer Guide 2016, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) today.

The Dun Cow's assistant manager Daniel Iley celebrates the pubs Good Beer Guide success.

The Dun Cow's assistant manager Daniel Iley celebrates the pubs Good Beer Guide success.

The annual guide also gives details of the various beers brewed in the region.

The 2016 book is the 43rd edition of the Good Beer Guide. The guide is researched and compiled by local members of Camra, with volunteers visiting all pubs in Sunderland and South Tyneside that sell real ale.

“There has been a real ale renaissance in the city over the last couple of years,” said Camra spokesman Michael Wynne, “and this has been recognised by inclusion in the guide of a number of new entries.”

Dun Cow manager Anthony Ellis is delighted the pub had been included in the guide less than a year after reopening.

We weren’t sure whether or not we would be able to get into this year’s guide because we haven’t been open that long. We are very pleased.

Anthony Ellis

The pub, famous nationally for its Edwardian bar back, was brought by the Sunderland MAC Trust last year and reopened in October, now run by Hartlepool’s Camerons Brewery under its successful Head of Steam brand.

“We weren’t sure whether or not we would be able to get into this year’s guide because we haven’t been open that long,” said Anthony.

“We are very pleased.

“We have had a great response since we opened, with lots of very positive feedback. People seem to like what we do.”

The pub is the first phase of the Mac Trust’s plan to create a new cultural quarter for Sunderland, centred around the Old Fire Station.

“We are really looking forward to the opening,” said Anthiny.

“That will hopefully bring a lot of people into the area from which we will reap the benefits.”

The Dun cow will host the North East launch of the new guide at 2pm today.

Wearside pubs included in the new guide are - Old Ships Inn, East Rainton; Copt Hill, Houghton; Isis, Sunderland; Ivy House, Sunderland; Dun Cow, Sunderland; Fitzgeralds, Sunderland; Butcher’s Arms, Sunderland; Avenue, Sunderland; Chesters, Sunderland; Harbour View, Sunderland; Kings Arms, Sunderland; Museum Vaults, Sunderland; R Bar, Sunderland; Courtyard, Washington; Sir William De Wessyngton, Washington; Steps, Washington; Stables, West Herrington.