This time it was a vintage bus pub crawl around heritage pubs of Sunderland that we joined. Well, as you can see from the above picture, the vintage bus didn't arrive, unless the vintage was circa 2014. A slight disappointment but nothing that would spoil the afternoon.
|Dun Cow exterior|
|Dun Cow interior|
After lunch in The Dun Cow, we had a look around upstairs with our guide Ron from the Sunderland Antiquarian Society. There was a good group of approx 30 of us on the tour, a friendly mix of men and women and we were off to a good start. Rightly listed in CAMRA's good beer guide.
|Mountain Daisy exterior|
|Mountain Daisy interior|
A proper drinking palace, built for working men, and decorated in some style too. There are mosaic floors in the Buffet Room (which my brother uncovered in the late 1990s when my cousin ran the pub); tiled walls, and tons of stained glass including one stained glass window with a Mackem motto. Beautiful interior and one that holds special memories for me as my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in the function room upstairs. One of the older ladies on the tour pointed to a boarded up cupboard in the pub and told me it was the original snug. Her mother used to go in there, it seated six and was an area for women only.
|Kings Arms exterior|
|Kings Arms interior|
Lovely little boozer down by the river. Our tour guide had some old maps of the area which were fascinating to look at. Another pub rightly included in the CAMRA good beer guide.
Another pub right on the river in what had once been the docking area for ships coming in with esparto grass which was used in Sunderland to make paper in the papermills.
|Butcher's Arms exterior|
|The 'death house' door on the right hand side, steps leading down to the river Wear|
Pub 6 - Hearts of Oak (1710)
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