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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

A pub with a nationally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

TYNE AND WEAR - Sunderland, Centre, Dun Cow

An historic pub interior of national importance

9 High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3HA

Directions: Junction of Dun Cow Street.

Tel: (0191) 567 2262


Opening Hours: 11-11 Mon-Thu; 11-midnight Fri-Sat; 11-11 Sun

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale and Real Cider

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Sunderland)

Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals (11-9, 5-9 Mon-Sat; 12-4 Sun)

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1208545

Listing Date: 1978

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An impressive corner site building of 19012, next door to the Empire Theatre and patronised by many of the stars who performed there. It was designed by architect Benjamin F. Simpson of Newcastle to replace a pub that had been on the site since at least the 1830s. A good sense of the original two-room layout remains, despite the filling in of a corner doorway and removal of a wall to the sitting room at the far end. The bar-back is one of the most stunning in the country. It has three sections, divided by semi-circular projections, and is richly decorated with delicate Art Nouveau-style woodcarving and various plaster reliefs. The formidable bar counter also has strong detailing. The side entrance led to a lobby with a hatch to the servery the curvaceous screen with stained glass panels dividing it from the main bar is still there, though partly opened up for easy access. The pub was taken over by Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust in 2014 as part of a project to regenerate the area as a cultural quarter. The building was meticulously restored in partnership with Camerons Brewery Head of Steam chain in a 20-week project. Everything was carefully cleaned with the finishes and colours being restored to the Edwardian originals.

Dun Cow, Sunderland, Centre
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