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Dun Cow, Durham

37 Old Elvet
Durham
DH1 3HN
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Will Larter left this review about Dun Cow

Entrance is by a doorway to a kind of external corridor, with a sliding door giving access to the front room. The bar counter is here, with three beers on: Landlord and two from Castle Eden. I got the impression that the bar was a more recent fixture, as there is a door to the right which is now awkwardly placed because of the counter, and a fireplace is right next to the bar, meaning that if it were to be lit, no one could sit near it.

When going along the corridor later in search of the toilet, I was struck by the number of chairs lined up along it - is this a result of Covid spacing - removing chairs from the back room, perhaps. Or do people really sit out here to drink? (There didn't seem to be any tables.) I had a quick look in the back room, which has a fine ceiling (see photo).

I found it pleasant here, with a bit of conversation going, though not many were present; some customers in a later pub remarked that the Dun Cow is not the same since the former licensee left, but as I pointed out, such a difference is not going to be apparent to the casual one-off visitor, and I found it to be pleasant enough. And the beer was very good.

On 25th May 2022 - rating: 7
[User has posted 3141 recommendations about 2950 pubs]


Blue Scrumpy left this review about Dun Cow

There's not a lot I can add to previous reviews. Although I chose to sit in the cosy front bar. On entering, I immediately felt a sense of deja vu. I'm almost certain I've not set foot in the Dun Cow before, but it's layout was almost identical to another pub I've been to somewhere, the name and place of which I'm yet to put my finger on.

Unless there was anybody else in the rear room, I was the only customer, apart from a lady sat on a stool at the bar, who was clearly with the friendly barmaid. Before long, the barmaid and lady departed and were replaced by a younger barman who was equally friendly. Another couple also joined me, possibly on a date. I remarked on how the Half Moon could be a suitable location for a date earlier. But the Dun Cow could equally be. Indeed, I'd feel much more at home here.

My Castle Eden Ale was very enjoyable. The 2 guest beers were Timothy Taylor Landlord & Moorhouse's White Witch.

I recommend a visit here.

On 27th November 2021 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1374 recommendations about 1374 pubs]


Ian Mapp left this review about Dun Cow

C15th Grade II Listed pub in the 2021 GBG.

Thin corridor offers a sliding door to the front bar or a more standard portal to the rear lounge. The rear lounge is traditional, low ceiling, brown wooden seating with some bench seating.

Very friendly staff and Castle Eden Ale in fine condition.

On 4th September 2021 - rating: 8
[User has posted 989 recommendations about 981 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Alan Winfield
Durham, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Chester-le-Street, 6.71 miles, 2 hr 9 min walk (show)
Bishop Auckland, 11.32 miles, 3 hr 38 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Dun Cow, Durham
6th Jun 2022, 15:52
Review submitted by ROB Camra
 
25th May 2022, 13:32
Review submitted by Will Larter

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - small courtyard - last updated 05 December 2017 by Graham Coombs
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 May 2014 by Alan Hurdle
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
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