Dun Cow

37 Old Elvet
Durham, Durham England DH1 3HN
bar  3.35/5.0 9 reviews
Mon-Sat 1100-2300; Sun 1200-2230

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
chriso  (718) London, England | March 22, 2017
Visited in February 2016 on our day trip from Newcastle. A small, ancient pub that appears even smaller and tucked in because the buildings around it are much taller. Difficult to get much of a feel for the ambience and atmosphere as they were hosting a post funeral gathering and the mourners were arriving at the same time as we were. It’s understandable that it took a while for us to get served because the staff were concentrating on the funerla party. The beer range was four handpumps including trad offerings like Black Sheep, Castle Eden and Copper Dragon. I’m not sure the range varies much. I opted for a Castle Eden as I hadn’t had it in a long while. So, not a particularly impressive or enterprising range but pretty much par for the course in Durham, which is fine for a pub crawl provided you don’t expect many ticks. In view of the circumstances judgement is reserved on the wider merits of this place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Scotty001  (324) Portlethen, Scotland | September 15, 2016
Excellent heritage bar, beer selection is a bit unexciting, but worth visiting if in the vicinity for the historic nature of the place.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Boudicca  (1232) London, England | August 8, 2016
An olde worlde pub with a local feel. The small public bar faces onto the street and there’s a larger back room accessed via a narrow side alleyway. A funeral party was just arriving at the same time as us so the atmosphere was rather muted and the staff were stretched because most of them were busing laying out (no pun intended) food. There were four hand pumps, one of which was off. A nice place but all a bit low key. (Visited 10 February 2016).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer  (2050) Hebden Bridge, England | August 27, 2015
Twin roomed older world pub heading east from the centre a couple of minutes walk past the Marriot Hotel. It has a Tudor style frontage and is squeezed between two larger buildings presumably built later than this hostelry. The small front room is cosy enough with its ales lined up first on the bar, but if this is busy you may want to head along the side alley and enter the rear room which has a more updated. but still traditional look and appeal to it. There’s another service area here so there’s no requirement to hit the front room first unless you want to eye up the ale selection.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
danlo  (124) Darlington , England | November 13, 2014
Located just out from the centre of Durham. Traditional pub interior with a narrow aspect and low ceilings. Selection of ales abit restricted but the beer was well kept and it wasn’t busy.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
Beershine  (850) VANCOUVER, British Columbia | July 31, 2013
Nice locals’ place. The selection was a little weak when we were there. But the house beer Castle was very gulpable! And the toasty I had was a tasty morsel.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
ads135  (309) Omaha, Nebraska | June 13, 2012
A tiny hole in the wall and apparently one of the oldest pubs in the area. Serve some pretty decent beers in a great environment.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
WASW  (13) , | April 24, 2012
A pleasant enough pub but often a bit pricey, and with a slightly lacking selection of ales compared to other nearby venues. Often quieter than others and good for escaping the student hordes, bar the odd maudlin PG...
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton  (203) London, England | February 28, 2012
This pub is a must visit for anyone visiting Durham. There may only be three real ales on at a time but they are well-kept, and the pub itself is an unspoilt gem. Occasionally the Dun Cow can get packed with university sports teams but in the main locals and visitors alike enjoy this cosy, traditionally furnished pub. There were friendly locals and very pleasant staff on my visit and I would definitely return when next in Durham. Scoopers and tickers: Visit the Victoria for your scoops then come here for a good pint of either Castle Eden or any of two guests mainly from small to medium sized breweries.

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