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The Cock was the first of three pubs visited in Baldock on Saturday evening. It has a bar and a lounge with two separate entrance doors. Although inside, they merge into one where they meet at the bar. As with Snarling Mallard's review, I didn't find the beer range too inspiring. Morland Old Speckled Hen was joined by Greene King IPA & XX Mild & Robinson's Unicorn. A little disappointing.
blue_scrumpy - 12 Nov 2018 21:45
fairly disappointed with this one - it looks and feels the part as few proper pubs are left in this town but only a Sharps brew apart from the GK offerings and it wasn't that great a pint.
Snarling_Mallard - 25 Aug 2018 22:54
Had a good old traditional pub night, nice Ales and some good laughs at The Cock. Friendly crowd too. Had a good week in baldock.
drinker451 - 30 Oct 2011 12:33
While on a work visit, took a walk down Baldock High street and popped into The Cock Pub for a pint and was pleasantly greeted with a friendly welcome from the Landlady and staff.

Great atmosphere and lovely pub surroundings. Tried the IPA and found it to be excellent. Supped some Ale at the bar with some of the locals and staff, who had time to chat! Lovely pub, old traditional setting too. Liked the IPA, The St Peter's Best Bitter was great too.

Beers and Guest Ales were tip top, definitely worth a visit or three!
My quick visit turned into a long visit!


Bert_Ale - 2 Sep 2011 10:28
Well, back in sunny Baldock yet again. Nice going for a drink around town centre.
Some very nice Ales at The Cock Pub, Ale Fresco pretty nice and very tasty Reverend James, then off for a few more pints up road and a lovely curry!
Still a lovely unpretentious pub with great atmosphere and staff...
drinker451 - 9 Jun 2011 13:18
My first visit this year and it was bitterly disappointing. Both the St Edmunds and a guest called Sorcerer were in very poor condition. A great shame as this is a nice pub.
wobblybob - 8 Apr 2011 19:54
Good Abbots and St Edmunds.... very well kept and went down well.
Loved the guest Ales too.... great choice.
This place has the respect and appreciation of a good crowd that only many years of good management can build.
I'm glad I came back to Baldock and popped in to The Cock on my travels round the area.
drinker451 - 26 Oct 2010 21:39
Good pub, nice and warm atmosphere with good ales and beers.

Back in baldock this week and being down the cock on my 'tour of the town', and no doubt back there again this weekend.

Ale_munkey - 2 Oct 2010 09:29
Had a great night drinking round town...
didnt get to do any ov the 'traditional old country pastimes'... but had a nice night... ended up at The Cock...good pub and friendly atmosphere.


I'll satnd ya them pints back G


Carb_Lad - 23 Sep 2010 09:04
Who cares!!...great beer- great place -

i'm off there right now...

Carb_Lad - 22 Sep 2010 20:01
Good pub, good fun and good beer...

Probably one of the best in the town, with 20 years plus top service and loyal customers....
always busy, warm and friendly.

Great guest ales (when they have some on)

Ale_munkey - 22 Sep 2010 18:26
Thats what I have being trying to say, and indeed have being saying for a while ...
that this should all stop, (and never have started really...)
''it should be about reviews only'', and " about the beer'...and what a great pub The Cock actually is..along with its staff.

'Opinions' and 'banter' are indeed just that! Hence its a review site!

Despite some accusations stating alleged 'facts' and 'opinions'.. i have sought to try and calm and negate it when possible.
However... i do NOT agree with harsh online language aimed at anyone.
I too contacted the web site hosts a while back regarding a mêlée of accusations and similar 'defamation' of a character in the first instance, and sought a legal 'opinion' on it as it all got a bit much. As of last week I am ina process of feedback with the representative at 'Beer in the Evening'.

This site should NEVER have being used to cast aspersions or 'get personal'.

After all it is a review site...  

drinker451 - 22 Sep 2010 18:23

warm friendly pub,
with a heavy touch of traditional stylin for sure, a great
roaring fireplace in In winter,
wiv a cool outdoor area for summer..
n great atmosphere.

Always busy and very popular.
Friendly staff...good crowd
friendly beers n ales ...(go down nice n easy.. ; )

like it lots ...
I always try n come here when pub crawling in town...

miss 8_pint
8_pint - 22 Sep 2010 11:53
Had some nice Ales last night, and a relaxing IPA ..nice evening.
nice place.

Carb_Lad - 22 Sep 2010 09:24
Me thinks the lady doth protest to much!

Haha! wot a laff.....
Carb_Lad - 21 Sep 2010 19:49
bypassboy... when you are next around....come on down, its very hard to judge a place from such a distance. and from a while back. ; )
drinker451 - 20 Sep 2010 23:14
when i am next home i may pop my head round the door. hopefully the old caring landlord will be there and not the man i have seen recently
bypassboy - 20 Sep 2010 23:08
Learn to read 451 - nowhere did I use the word naughty. Thought i had read you were gonna keep quiet. Maybe you should as most of what you write is complete tripe. What he deserves and doesn't deserve is none of your business. I will say the same to you as I did drunkard - as you are not there 24/7 you have no right to defend him blindly. I dont really care anyway to be honest - thank god I moved away from Baldock and dont have to put up with small town shit like this too often. Just a shame when I do come back I have to listen FIRST HAND to the crap the landlord comes up with. Not any more.
bypassboy - 20 Sep 2010 16:58
Good point 'drunkard' and 'Carb'

The 'landlord HAS stood by those people who have disgustingly slated him and his pub on this site. They should all be ashamed of them selves.' .... spot on statement.

Attention bypassboy ... It's quite childish to hear 'He has said some naughty things to his customers of late'... sounding like first year school kids now.
Ok..he is no Saint.... but doesn't deserve back stabbing from you...

Lets not forget it was 'brain-bypassboy' plus or aka Rob who started vicious petty mud slinging ....
So - to conclude - it was Rob Schahill who is abhorrent enough to think he can tarnish the Landlord secretly online and get away with it, starting viscous rumors on a review site. Why... who knows!! Perhaps it never was 'about the beer' was it...
... but at least he seems to have hinted that he wants to stop this of late .. so i agree with him there for once.

All I can say is that its a double edge sword and I'd rather see it stop i'm starting to want to hear more about 'drunkards' 'charity beer festival' story ... as i'm sure he would want to hear the others ones... but this could be too public a place to slate people maybe... don't you think!!!

I'd prefer it was just a review site...

drinker451 - 20 Sep 2010 15:36
I agree with 'drunkards' 100% eloquence...

Carb_Lad - 20 Sep 2010 15:20
What a pile of crap you talk drunkard. Unless you are in the pub 24 hours a day 7 days a week you know nothing of what happens when you aren't in there. Therefore I suggest to stop making sweeping statements. The landlord is not the saint you paint him as - FACT. He has said some disgusting things to his customers of late - FACT.
bypassboy - 19 Sep 2010 23:31
The Cock pub is a warn friendly pub, with olde world traditional settings, a great roaring fireplace in in winter, and a cool outdoor and covered garden area for summer.. always busy and very popular.
Friendly staff and owners make it that much more welcoming...

still busy and a fun place to drink... highly rated, respected and busy pub in a busy town.

drinker451 - 15 Sep 2010 15:44
Lovely pub, traditional fabulous atmosphere and extremely well kept ales. .. (many awards and recognition of this) a good solid comminity pub where you can hear yourself think and enjoy conversation with those around you.
Ale_munkey - 14 Sep 2010 20:26
ok Mr Ale... know where ya comin from... lovely traditional pub with a fabulous atmosphere and extremely well kept ales.

drinker451 - 14 Sep 2010 09:10
'Ale testing day' - can i have you job..? Lucky bugger....
im stuck in an office with a hangover and ringing ears from standing in the base speaker too long!
Ale_munkey - 13 Sep 2010 10:40
Hey's a good old pub... i just go there regular like and have fun with mates n some great drinking nights round town... (Ok..i know that bloke gets a bit drunk sometimes and it can all get a bit embarressing... but dont we all!)
Baldock bloke.. just read reviews n your story.... i do sort of remember you working there a while back.... how ya doin'mate.?

I still say its a great fun pub....
anyway - off to an Ale testting day i go...
drinker451 - 13 Sep 2010 10:37
Hehe!...too right - it got well messy drunk all weekend....
great fun...great music in town... ended up drinking at The Cock n had a good night...
not sure where these arguments are coming from but lets all just enjoy our selves huh!
Ale be there....
Ale_munkey - 13 Sep 2010 10:14
Blimey...i drink round HItchin, baldock n Cambs.... i find this all hard to believe!
I like most of the pubs in baldock and have always found them welcoming and friendly...
my fave of them being the Cock. Ive drunk there for years.... a good crowd

drinker451 - 13 Sep 2010 10:02
i agree with baldockbloke. The landlord said some disgusting things about my sister who had never been in there before. Greene King should throw him out. Landlords shouldn't get drunk and then pass revolting sexual comments about their clients. I would certainly never go in there and advise anyone else to not bother either.
bypassboy - 12 Sep 2010 21:37
drinker451 - either we are talking about different incidents or you are a relative/friend of the landlord. He is the one who gets drunk on red wine and either swears at his customers or says improper things to them - usually the women. Around town he now has a reputation for his actions. As said before - a real shame as it used to be a real pleasure to pop in there if you wanted a good pint in a traditional pub.
baldockbloke - 12 Sep 2010 21:09
I'd be very interested to hear who"Drinker 451" thinks the people are who were asked to leave and the reasons for it. Of course, I'm not afraid to show who I am. I'm Rob, who used to work there. so hopefully "drinker 451" will say who , he is... or does he work for some marketing company? Honesty, in my book, is always the best policy.

Nice to see The Victoria made it into the Good Beer Guide this year... consistently cracking pint of Deuchars IPA in that place.

It's all about the beer!
Rob_Scahill - 12 Sep 2010 21:08
''without a doubt this is the best beer in the best pub for miles and miles around. the locals are fantastic and friendly and there is always someone to chat with and share rounds with. all the bar staff are brilliant. a real bonus is no kids, no fruit machines, no loud music, no pool table , no dart board, no karaoke, no happy hour (they are all happy) no keg-like beers and no food - unless you count cheesy moments as a meal! superb way to spend a evening''
drinker451 - 12 Sep 2010 13:18
Still a great pub, had some great parties there recently and love the award winning IPA and mix of Ales... 'baldockblokes' review pointed out - theres been a few trouble makers in recently who got asked to leave....who did swear and cause some issues...but they are all gone...and its back to a cosy fun place to drink with a really solid mix of customers from all ages...
Love it pub in baldock
drinker451 - 12 Sep 2010 12:59
Heard the landlord telling his customers to f off a while back while trying to enjoy a pint having come home for the weekend. Apparently he can be a nasty piece of work. Shame - I used to enjoy drinking in there.
baldockbloke - 11 May 2010 16:04
Great pub, excellent Ales and a nice rich pint of IPA... tastes great and seems to me to be presented in the real manor it should be. (The walls are adorned with awards for top quality ale and beer.... so seems they must be doing something good)
In fact I had some top quality ales there just the other night...

A busy place, yet with a good crowd....
I disagree with previous comments about IPA being thin, or miserable staff.... having being there many times I find it a warm and comfortable place with a great atmosphere, and top landlord and landlady and great . In my travels drinking all around, thats a very special thing to find... a place where you feel like you belong and have great beer.. and a great open fire place

The staff are all good fun and friendly...i give the place a 10/10 for sure.....

I find as a regular around many pubs that the complainers are just not in the pub thats right for them.... when i was younger I wanted loud hectic pub/clubs.... now i want calm cool and traditional pubs with great drinks and atmosphere... The Cock has just this.

drinker451 - 3 Apr 2010 11:04
Traditional pub with the emphasis on well-kept ales, comfy surroundings and conversation. The interior is 'brewers' rustic', but has plenty of separate seating areas and a superb log fire. Well worth a visit for a relaxing pint.
wobblybob - 25 Feb 2010 19:16
without a doubt this is the best beer in the best pub for miles and miles around. the locals are fantastic and friendly and there is always someone to chat with and share rounds with. all the bar staff are brilliant. a real bonus is no kids, no fruit machines, no loud music, no pool table , no dart board, no karaoke, no happy hour (they are all happy) no keg-like beers and no food - unless you count cheesy moments as a meal! superb way to spend a evening
baldockbloke - 23 Nov 2009 23:02
Was in here last week. The place was packed to the gunnels so must be doing something right, or maybe it's just small. Nice pint of Bonkers Conkers, but thought the IPA a little on the 'thin' and tasteless side. Somebody agreed with me as saw them take their pint back to be exchanged.
Sandman1 - 7 Sep 2009 17:27
Best pub for miles around, great host, great atmsosphere, no kids, great beer. Friendly banter always available, one critism is this pub is just too comfortable!
Ginola - 29 May 2009 17:08
This pub comes into its own in winter with the log fire and chestnuts available for toasting.

Without doubt the best beer to be had in Baldock and thankfully one of the few pubs Greene King has left alone is its 'refurbishment' programme.

A minor point but the landlady is Danish ( a fact she is proud of) not Dutch.

DoctorFunk - 11 Sep 2008 15:45
The posts left by others made me laugh hard! If it's still the same landlady as about 4-5 years ago, she is actually very nice. Maybe it's because she's Dutch as to why everyone thinks she's miserable. Funny stuff!

It's a great pub and I've enjoyed many a good time in there. Great fireplace and the landlord doesn't mind it if you chuck another log on the fire in the winter, if you feel a bit chilly.

Great locals to chat to and there's almost always someone at the bar on a weekend to have a chinwag with. All in all, an excellent pub.
The_Dude - 22 Jan 2008 21:21
A good traditional pub. Sometimes has live music on a Sunday. I think the landlady is really very nice persion - she is just a little reserved, not miserable. Good puib to visit in the winter as they have a big open fire.
zoomy - 5 Sep 2007 09:42
fantastic beer in a good old fashioned no smoking pub. friendly bar staff except for the miserable landlady - would have got a 9 without her! easily the best pub in the area though
anonymous - 21 Dec 2006 10:03
A Greene King pub, with a good selection of quality beer, including a mild, and guests.
helenp - 29 Apr 2005 09:06

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