Camerons Brewery adds Sunderland pub the Dun Cow to its Head of Steam venues

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A HARTLEPOOL brewery has taken over a pub.

Camerons Brewery has entered into an agreement with Leighton Management and the Sunderland MAC Trust, which will see the brewery operate the Dun Cow pub in High Street West, Sunderland, 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 City.

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 around the former 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 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.

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 £2.1m, it would help to pay for the transformation into a dance studio, theatre space and restaurant.