Published on April 5, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour


Class act pub changes hands

A hugely popular North East pub and music venue has been bought by one of its former managers. The Cluny, based at the heart of the Ouseburn Valley, has been sold by Camerons Brewery to a company headed by Julian Ive, who worked at the pub between 2005 and 2016.

Camerons will maintain a drinks supply deal into the hugely popular pub but the site will be operated independently by Julian’s company Mi Viejo Fruta Limited.

Chris Soley, chief executive at Camerons Brewery, said: “The Cluny is a unique operation that requires a management team not only focused on providing a fantastic drinks range but also understands the intricacies of running a busy music venue. We feel the team at Mi Viejo Fruta will be able to deliver this to ensure The Cluny maintains its reputation as one of the key music venues in the North East.”

Julian Ive, director at Mi Viejo Fruta (Spanish for My Old Fruit), said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Cluny and have many ideas in store. The Cluny is already the finest small venue in the North East and I intend to build on that legacy and create a cultural hub, serving first-class food and drinks that the many customers, musicians and artists who already frequent the venue will be proud of.

“I would also like to thank Camerons Brewery, and in particular John Foots and Chris Soley, for making this deal happen, and I look forward to maintaining my relationship with them for many years to come.”

Camerons took over The Cluny as part of its Head of Steam acquisition from Tony Brookes in December 2013. Events already booked will go ahead as scheduled and ticket sales remain valid.

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