Sunderland’s Dun Cow to become Head of Steam pub

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THE much-loved Dun Cow pub will be operated under a successful real ale and music brand as part of a major relaunch.

Camerons Brewery has entered into an agreement with Leighton Management and the Sunderland MAC Trust, which will see the brewery operate the 1901 pub in High Street West as a Head of Steam venue.

The venue will keep its historic name, but will be operated as a Head of Steam, a brand with branches in Newcastle and Durham.

After being put up for sale, the pub was bought by the MAC Trust as the first phase of its vision to create a hub of music, arts and culture, known as the MACQ, centred on the Old Fire Station. Work has already begun to restore the pub whose Edwardian features have earned it a ranking in Camra’s list of outstanding historical pubs.

Camerons pub estates and operations director, Joe Smith, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Paul Callaghan, Leighton Management and the MAC Trust in the development of this exciting new scheme in Sunderland.

“The vision of the MACQ (MAC Quarter) will create a vibrant cultural environment in the city, and The Dun Cow will be at the centre of this.”

The pub, which is due to reopen in late September, will offer eight traditional hand pulled cask ales and ciders from local and national brewers, as well as also having eight rotating craft keg fonts.

Paul Callaghan, MAC Trust board member, said: “This brings a vibrant, quality offering to the Dun Cow and really sets a very high standard for what we hope to achieve with the MACQ.”

The trust is now waiting to see if a funding bid submitted this month to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be successful.

If it is granted the £2.1million, it would help to pay for the transformation of the Old Fire Station into a dance studio, theatre space and restaurant.