Smokehouse shuts up shop in Sunderland a year after opening

The Dun Cow pub
The Dun Cow pub
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Just under a year after opening a smokehouse chain has closed its Sunderland branch.

Longhorns opened to much fanfare last November in the former function room at the historic Dun Cow pub in High Street West.

Longhorns is famed for its meat trays

Longhorns is famed for its meat trays

But just weeks away from the first anniversary of its opening, the chain has ceased trading at the pub.

The watering hole, which is being run by Camerons Brewery under its Head of Steam brand, has been restored to its former glory as the first phase of plans to create a cultural quarter centred around the adjacent Old Fire Station.

Its upstairs room was given Longhorns' Texan-style branding during the restaurant's opening, but owners of the pub say the room will now be returned to its Edwardian splendour, with plans in place to open it in time for Christmas.

Longhorns branched into Sunderland after the success of its popular Newcastle venues, in Mosley Street and Jesmond, which specialise in smoked meats, ribs and burgers.

The Dun Cow pub is still trading as normal.