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Brilliant Boozer.

This is my favourite place to drop in to drink both alcohol and atmosphere when visiting Durham. It... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jonandfam
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York, United Kingdom
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What a pub should be like - please don't change it

It's official....this is probably my favourite pub in the world. The Dun Cow is almost exactly the... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Glyn S
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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my favourite place to drop in to drink both alcohol and atmosphere when visiting Durham. It takes a little finding as it lies just beyond the range of most city centre visitors, although if you turn left out of the Marriott it's only...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

It's official....this is probably my favourite pub in the world. The Dun Cow is almost exactly the same as it was in the early 80s when I handed most of my student grant over the bar in exchange for the elixir of life Castle Eden....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Glyn S
Reviewed 22 October 2018

A character pub with stone passages, comfy seats and a very friendly atmosphere. Great pint of Black Sheep, wine not bad but room for improvement (if they sell much). No music and if i lived in Durham it would be my local.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank keith j
Reviewed 18 September 2018

When we meet for an annual reunion we always go to the Dun Cow for lunch and a pint on Saturday. It is always the same high standard, good value food, a good pint and cheerful service.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

Popped in with a friend for a pint or so, which we do regularly. This time I decided to have the BBQ Chicken wrap with chips for lunch. Along with my pint of Castle Eden bitter, which is a premium quality, well kept pint of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

A superb pub, full of character, a calm and friendly ambience and is what a proper pub should be. There is a decent selection of real ales and whisky, the wine selection less so. The food is pretty decent and good value, the scampi is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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sophyorst, Public Relations Manager at The Dun Cow, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

Thank you for your review Alastair! We do in fact allow children in the lounge area situated towards the back of the venue, but not in the frontal 'snug' bar so as to keep the traditional feel for the regulars, I'm glad you picked up...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Atmospheric little pub and one which is a little quieter than some in Durham. Also a welcoming staff.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

This is one of my favourite pubs ever! You don’t find its level of unchanged traditional ambience very often these days. Good range of beverages and lovely home made food are served by friendly staff-go try asap!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank carolr536
sophyorst, Public Relations Manager at The Dun Cow, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you Carol, we can't wait to have you back!

Reviewed 6 August 2018

even though we are from out of the city, we always enjoy popping in for some good local ale and some good local chat, the pub has good local character from a time when the pub was "the local" and the staff always spot on.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Explorer396769
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Fantastic bar a little off the beaten track. Great atmosphere, great staff and a tag as the most haunted bar in Durham, but staff reluctant to expand on this claim. All in all really worth a visit ...

Date of experience: July 2018
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JSC53
23 November 2017|
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Response from sophyorst | Property representative |
Hello there this is Sophie from the Dun cow, I'm pleased to tell you that we do not charge an entry fee for New Year's Eve but we will however not be open for the whole of the evening, 8pm is a probable time for closing... More
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dannyTA2015
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We have a lounge bar for 60-70 people which can be used exclusively for functions. Please contact us in the pub or on Facebook for events.
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