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As many have pointed out it is worth a visit to see an old fashioned multi-room layout and the lack of a bar along with decent ales (Tring Whirlwind was nice). It is a locals pub first though.
Snarling_Mallard - 21 Sep 2018 11:39
Cock goes from strength to strength! Check out BROOMSTOCK on Facebook! A truly fantastic weekend!
WHBROOM - 26 Feb 2017 10:08
This was my favourite pub of the day in Bedfordshire. There were only a couple of customers in when I arrived. But there were many more by the time I left. It's a fairly unusual place in that it doesn't actually have a bar. Beers are dispensed from casks from a separate room, whilst ciders are fetched from the cellar outside. The pub has several different rooms with lots of character. There were no TVs that I could see. But there was still Christmas music being played. Ales were Sharps Doom Bar, Adnams Ghost Ship, Woodfordes Wherry, Greene King Abbot & Brains Bread of Heaven. The two ciders were both from Franklins - Dunton & Gasper. A third cider was off. Locals and staff congregate near the entrance to the room with the casks. They are certainly friendly. But it's difficult to know who is a customer and who might be serving with no bar! Nevertheless, this is a classic English village pub that is not to be missed.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Dec 2016 18:21
What a gem and to think this survivor from an earlier age was nearly lost,
Had a marvellous day out on a recent Saturday visiting first Jordans watermill then the Cock.

A couple of pints of Woodforde's Wherry hit the spot with a substantial portion of cottage pie.Busy pub and nice to see the youngsters playing on the hood skittles table.

The other pub in the village tied to Greedy King is shut .
oldandmild - 1 Jul 2016 06:55
As other posters have said, a really interesting country pub with the beer drawn straight from the barrel.

Five ales on when I visited although not the most inspiring selection. I went for a pint of Ridgeway bitter (Tring) which was £3.50.

Especially with the nearby White Horse looking shut up, I imagine this place does good business.

And you can’t knock anywhere which still runs a Sunday meat raffle (pork scratchings as a consolation prize!)

duchyjim - 21 Apr 2016 13:58
Lovely country pub, really pleasant garden and courtyard, but the biggest surprise is when you walk into the pub and the barrels are still located in the cellar. 4 lovely ales on with Woodfords Wherry and Caledonian Light on the day we visited. Really well kept ales, good pub food, not posh but very good VFM. Recommended if you are in the area. Lovely.
ThePrincess - 14 Mar 2015 17:08
Called in a couple of weeks ago on a classic car tour. The new owners were very accomodationg and are clearly enthusiastic about their venture.

Friendly service, excellent beers and a facinating unspoilt building with loads of character - what's not to like?

Heartily recomended (and we will be back!)
MartynG - 8 Jul 2014 13:36
Good to see this place out of the hands of the GK b*****ds and now being run as a freehouse. We were very glad to see it hasn't changed internally with the Northamptonshire Skittles table still there. There were four ales on offer straight from the cask, plus Potton cider too. Friendly welcome too.
littledrummerboy - 9 Dec 2013 22:26
Hurrah!! I am happy to report that the pub is now in private ownership and is being run as a FREEHOUSE with a good and regularly changing selection of ales served straight from the barrel in the cellar (no bar). Visited on Saturday and the selection was : GK IPA, London Pride, Old Hooky....with Doombar coming on line this coming week (I was told). I am also informed that the new owner wants to keep everything as is (apart from freshening up the paintwork and the WCs). Food is excellent traditional fayre and popular....I had steak & kidney suet pudding and it was fabulous; my partner had ham/egg/chips and that was also excellent....all washed down with a great drop of Old Hooky. So pleased that it's 'business as usual' at the Cock after the recent 'for sale' scare....and that it seems to still be very popular with locals and those who travel especially to go nice to see a pub pleasantly busy (but not over busy) and v welcoming to all. The new managers - Nick and Michelle - are great too and work v hard. Good luck to the new owner - please continue to keep things as they are!!
archietekt - 29 Jul 2013 13:24
Great pub, lovely unspolit interior of small rooms; great beers and friendly and hardworking staff. Soon to become a free house.

It has original pub games such as cheeses.

Well worth a visit
czartank - 14 Apr 2013 18:58
It seems that GK have not accepted an offer from a local person who was keen to retain the character of the place, and have put in a temporary manager. I wholeheartedly agree with what others have said, this pub needs to be run by someone who appreciates the uniqueness of the place and is interested in decent beer, not just making money. If GK allow this place to be "modernised" or sold for housing it will demonstrate without a doubt what a callous organisation they are.
loneswimmer - 24 Jan 2013 19:05
This pub is far too good for a brewer like GK who are interested only in the bottom line. It needs to be run by an enthusiast who understands the needs of the community and who will introduce beer that is worthy of the place.
Tewin - 1 Jan 2013 14:49
Let us hope a private individual or perhaps a small local brewer comes forward and saves this pub.GK lost its soul long ago and the beancounters hate this type of pub.
oldandmild - 6 Dec 2012 02:34
Appparently Greene King have put this pPub up for sale, don't know if it will remain as a Pub or be convertedtoa housr!
camra - 26 Nov 2012 19:40
Although this is a Greene King house (normally I wouldn't be seen dead in a GK pub!) the beer is well kept and so is relatively palatable compared to GK I have drunk elsewhere. Beer is served straight from the barrel in the cellar and if you want some privacy the pub's selection of small partitioned rooms (some with only two tables in) allows good conversation to be had. Features one of the few skittles alleys still remaining in the area. Only negative point was that when we were there the locals were getting pretty rowdy which detracted somewhat from our enjoyment of the place, but other than that, it's ok.
manx_888 - 9 Dec 2011 14:20
Proving that you don't need that new-fangled invention the bar, The Cock is a real throwback to the days when everything came straight from the cask! Serve a decent pint of GK (as perviously noted this can be a challenge).

Worth seeking out !
LuckyEric - 28 Feb 2011 09:17
Still unchanged from earlier reviews. This is a bit of a time-warp pub with several small rooms, including a skittles room. Beer is still served straight from the cellar, and the Green King IPA was excellent (and I'm not usually a fan). The Sunday lunch was generous and nice enough, although nothing special. The beer's the thing here.
trueconfessions - 15 Sep 2008 14:31
Nice unspoilt pub with small rooms (including a skittles/games room) rather than one big bar, in fact no bar at all as beers served straight from the cellar. Nice pint of Abbot, only wish I could have stayed for more!
Phantom_Raspberry - 6 Nov 2005 11:11
Had the most delicious roast here on Sunday, washed down by that most suspect of real ales, Greene King IPA. I'm happy to report that it was one of the best drops of GK Ive ever tasted, especially as it was gravity dispensed rather than having the flavour strained out of it through a swan neck which seems prevalent throughout this brewer's houses.
Delightful countryside and only a short drive away from the A1, the Cock has much to crow about.

SteveinLondon - 12 Oct 2005 19:19
Very unusual pub. i.e it has no bar, all drinks are fetched from a cellar. Nice experience, really lovely beer garden, very small place overall.
anonymous - 6 Sep 2005 17:58
Nice beer garden, quite cheap for drinks, in a secluded area
Carl1982 - 18 Aug 2005 17:01
A small traditional pub, no bar drinks are served from the cellar. Well worth finding unless you want 15 types of alcopop. No machines little noise apart from the crash of Northampton Skittles.
Tim - 30 Mar 2004 09:24

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