ONE of Tyneside’s best-loved bars is set to re-open, after a fast-growing chain confirmed it will be taking over the premises.
Last orders was called at The Brandling pub, in Jesmond’s Brandling Village, in March 2017, but the venue will once again throw open its doors in late summer, after Pub Culture – which operates a growing number of venues across the region – took over the building.
Pub Culture, which is backed by prominent businessman Paul Callaghan, will undertake a fit out before it relaunches as “The Dun Cow at Jesmond” – expected to open in September.
Paul Callaghan, who is one of four founding members of Pub Culture, said: “Jesmond is a vibrant, exciting part of Newcastle, and we see huge potential for this latest venue, which we are delighted to add to our portfolio.
“We have named the pub after one of our other venues, which has a traditional feel to it and will deliver a similar proposition to its customers – a fantastic selection of real ale, great food and a programme of live music, comedy nights and other excellent cultural entertainment.”
He added: “The name Pub Culture captures the ethos of our business, which is not only about creating high quality pubs, but places that celebrate culture and local talent. We are passionate about our pubs being friendly meeting places that add to the communities they serve – great venues where we serve excellent ales and play fantastic music to create a really special experience.
“The Dun Cow at Jesmond will be built around the same successful model we have put in place in our other venues, while retaining the charm and uniqueness that made it so popular in its heyday. We are hugely excited to open our doors.”
The Brandling was put on the market at the end of last year. It had undergone a refurb before that, but customers can expect something new and different again when it becomes The Dun Cow at Jesmond.
Joe Smith, operations director, said: “Our pubs are honest, we deliver the traditional pub environments, with a more modern approach to excellent service and some stunning food dishes.
“A great choice real and craft ale is at the heart of our drinks offer, alongside an extensive list of spirits. Mix that with great food and lively music and we pull in a hugely diverse range of customers to our other pubs, because there is essentially something for everyone.
“I think what has been the key for us so far has been creating venues that offer local talent a platform, so we will have a great programme of entertainment – everything from established artists and comedians taking centre-stage, to busker’s nights where people can just turn up, plug in and perform.”
To keep up to date with the venue’s transformation and to find out more about its official opening, follow DunCowJesmond on Twitter and Facebook.