A former foodie favourite is upping the steaks, after opening its doors under new management.

The restaurant above Sunderland’s popular city centre pub, the Dun Cow, is now serving up sizzling steaks and other mouth-watering dishes, after opening up as The Grillroom on Friday.

Pub Culture, the firm behind Sunderland’s popular Engine Room bar and bistro and The Peacock, has taken over the running of the space above The Dun Cow – which it also operates – after the restaurant – formerly under separate management – closed last year.

Bringing back familiar faces, general manager Paul Scott and team leader Lisa, the restaurant is dishing up a high-quality menu of meaty meals, with specials for vegetarian diners.

Head chef Kieran Burke, who trained under Gary Rhodes and worked in a Michelin Star restaurant, oversees catering across all Pub Culture venues and is running the Grillroom’s kitchen, which will be open to the public initially on Friday and Saturday evenings with rest of week being made available for functions and private dining.

Diners with mobility issues can sit in the Dun Cow and order from the menu, and a lite bite menu is also available Monday to Saturday from 11am-6pm.

The venue is open on Sundays, from 11:30am until 8pm, serving home-cooked Sunday lunch only.

Paul Scott, who diners will recognise from his front-of-house role with the venue previously, joined the team after The Chop House closed last year.

Paul is also now general manager of The Peacock and has taken on responsibilities for The Grillroom too.

He said: “Customers at The Peacock who know me from my time with The Chop House have been asking for some time if there were any plans for the restaurant to reopen, so it’s really exciting to be part of the team that is bringing it back to life.

“There is a real trend at the moment for steakhouses, and with Kieran running the kitchen, and sourcing the finest quality meat around, cooked perfectly, and a great opening weekend under our belt, we are certain the Dun Cow and Grillroom offer will prove a big hit.”

The venue complements the thriving Cultural Quarter, which has seen a number of eateries emerge over the last twelve months.

Joe Smith, operations director at the Pub Culture group, which also has a popular Dun Cow and Grillroom venue in Jesmond, said: “The Peacock and Engine Room have both proven to be a roaring success over the last year or so, and we know this is down to the quality of the offer.

“The venues, the menus and the standard of food and service are fantastic, and that’s certainly something that is appealing to the people of Sunderland.

“We’re delighted to have launched this new venue for the city, and we look forward to welcoming more customers old and new, over the coming weeks.”

To find out more about the venue, visit www.pubculture.com or find it on social media.

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