Camerons announce Sunderland's Dun Cow pub as latest Head of Steam venue

The Hartlepool pub company is expanding its recently acquired Head of Steam chain with the historic Dun Cow

The Dun Cow in Sunderland
The Dun Cow in Sunderland

Pub firm Camerons Brewery is opening the historic Dun Cow pub in Sunderland as a Head of Steam venue, creating a 15 jobs.

Camerons, which acquired the Head of Steam chain in late 2013, has entered into an agreement with Leighton Management and the Sunderland MAC Trust, to reopen the pub which dates back to 1901.

The Hartlepool-headquartered group has invested £300,000 in the venue and said its vision for the Dun Cow is for it play a key part in helping create a Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter (MACQ) in the centre of Sunderland.

Camerons Pub Estates & 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 will create a vibrant cultural environment in the city, and The Dun Cow will be at the centre of this.

“We are working closely with the team to restore the venue to its previous glory, and all of the historic features will be kept. The Dun Cow, which will be part of our managed Head of Steam brand, will offer over 8 traditional hand pulled cask ales and ciders from local and national brewers, as well as also having 8 rotating craft keg fonts. Being next door to the Empire, we will provide theatre goers with a fantastic selection of great food and drink offers.

“The MAC Trust sees Camerons and the Head of Steam brand as the perfect partner in the redevelopment” said Paul Callaghan, MAC Trust Board Member. “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 Dun Cow is due to open its doors in late September 2014.

In addition to the new site at the Dun Cow, Camerons has refurbishment schemes completed or planned at 25 venues within its 71 retail pub estate.

Camerons are looking to recruit staff for the Dun Cow. Those interested in applying for this site or other managed venues in its growing retail estate should send a CV to


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