Head of Steam takes over Sunderland’s historic Isis pub

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THE BREWERY behind the renaissance of a historic Wearside watering hole has added another city pub to its chain.

The Isis, in Silksworth Row, will now be operated under the successful Head of Steam brand, part of Camerons Brewery.

With an emphasis on real ale and live music, the brand has already played a key role in the transformation of the Dun Cow in High Street West, which it took over last year.

The Isis, and its Grade II-listed Victorian building, is already one of Sunderland’s most popular pubs, and has twice been winner of the Sunderland and South Tyneside CAMRA branch Pub of the Year, thanks to its cask and craft beers and ciders.

Head of Steam are pledging to continue with the pub’s winning formula.

Chris Soley, director and general manager at Camerons Brewery, said: “This is a further major investment into our pub estate and we are delighted to bring another quality pub into our group.

“We opened the Dun Cow in Sunderland in October and that has proved to be an enormous success and we feel the Isis will complement this pub perfectly.”

Joe Smith, operations director at Camerons, added “The Isis is a great traditional pub and we are looking to retain the site’s current offer and existing staff.

“The pub’s style and ethos is very much in line with our Head of Steam brand. The Isis will be able to access the vast array of both local

and national cask and craft beers, ciders and premium spirits we have available within our business.”

Head of Steam operate The Dun Cow on behalf of the Mac Trust as part of its plans to create an cultural quarter centred around the Edwardian pub and the adjacent Old Fire Station.