The Dun Cow Inn was transformed from the original pub and adjacent Grocery store in 1975. When transformed the original grocery store frontage was altered to complement the existing frontage of the original pub.
The grocery store that stood where the restaurant stands today was established in 1838 as Cochrane’s store selling all manner of items. The advertisement, which is displayed in the pub as you come through the front door into the bar area, describes the shop as a “Druggist, Grocer, Stationer, Bookseller and Agricultural Seeds Man”. They even prepared and sold medicines for horse and cattle as well as being an agent of the Westminster Fire and Life Insurance Company of Londonand took commissions for the letting of houses and collected rents.
The former Prime Minister has brought many world leaders to enjoy a meal here at the Dun Cow. The most high profile of these being George W Bush, the former President of the United States of America in 2003 at the end of Mr Bush’s two day state visit to the United Kingdom. Others that Mr Blair has entertained here include Lional Jospin in 1998, a former French Prime Minister.
As well as Mr Blair and other world leaders there have been other famous faces pop in for ‘a bite to eat’ including; Duncan Bannatyne from BBC2’s Dragon’s Den and The Stereophonics called in for a casual Sunday Lunch after their gig at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle late last year.