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Cock and Hoop, Nottingham

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user reviews of the Cock and Hoop, Nottingham

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Sullied by neither gaming machine nor dartboard, the Cock and Hoop is a quiet, cosy, civil retreat from the hurly-burly of High Pavement.

Ales are nicely kept, though with accommodation being a mainstay of the business, prices are towards what you might expect in a hotel bar.

I didn't see any hi-vis jackets or staffies, on the other hand.

Seven out of ten are duly awarded by your correspondent.
Hulots_hat - 9 Feb 2020 19:35
The pub has now RE-OPENED more or less unchanged and very good
8100bob - 30 Nov 2015 13:48
Hotel and pub closed owing to financial problems [reported in the Nottingham Post on 19 May]. Sad.
TiaMariaJim - 22 May 2014 07:49
Not bad not bad. Small quirky, worth a quick pint if you are in the area.
rob372 - 7 Mar 2012 20:40
Nice selection of ales and barman was friendly. The decor looked a wee bit overdone. Cosy but quiet. Ideal if you want a pint away from the masses!
ng10 - 11 Aug 2011 10:15
Food and Ale excellent. Love the quirkily furnished back room with its little nooks and crannies
nivramkram - 22 Jul 2011 19:39
Delightful hotel pub. Great downstairs dining area. Beer selection is somewhat sparse, but is usually an agreeable selection of Jennings beers. A roaring fireplace in winter and great staff make visiting this little pub a pleasure.
MX7 - 24 Jul 2010 16:22
Always a bit of nice respite from the meat markets of the Lace Market. Always a couple of decent ales on too boot.
Menu slimmed right down nowadays, and if you dont eat steak, youre kinda stuck.

Has an atmosphere a bit like a funeral wake though, so dont go in there to party.
steven_Wynn_Uk - 28 Jun 2010 19:40
Small but contemporary place in the pleasant Lace Market part of town that stretches the definition of a pub. It definitely looks like one from outside, but as noted the atmopshere is more akin to a hotel bar, which is what it also functions as. However, it gets good reviews, so went in undeterred. The tiny bar room is plush and modern, with piled carpets, a large gas fire and minimalist decor. At first I though that was the extent of the pub, but then realised a flight of stairs leads down to a large cellar bar, partly flagged and with comfortable, modern furnishings.
Beer range OK but not as good as many of its neighbours- Pride, Landlord and Jennings on my visit. Apparently also has a house ale brewed by Nottingham brewery but didn't see it. It's usually in the Guide though so beer quality can be relied upon.
I did find the bar room cosy with the fire, but not very pub-like- more like a posh house. I didn't mind the place and would return but not as a priority- not really one for the traditionalists.
Carlurmston - 3 Feb 2010 13:05
What a delight this place is. People here don't seem to realise this is a hotel bar, and not a pub, strictly speaking. There is a cocktail bar and a 40+ room hotel at this location too. But forgoing that, I still have an excellent time here - it was like sitting in the front room of a stately home, with plenty of comfortable seating available for drinkers, with a seperate area for diners. It was fairly quiet when I visited but the barman was extremely friendly and professional. The previous reviewer mentions a limited beer choice - this is a HOTEL bar, how many hotel bars have you been in before with 4 ales on? Jennings Snecklifter was on at a ridiculous 2 a pint, but its too strong for my tastes so was supping the Cock a Hoop, which was a sensational pint at a very fair price. I will be returning here if I ever have the misfortune of finding myself in Nottingham again.
Sharp - 16 Oct 2009 14:07
Good show all around. Like stepping back into a more civilised era. Limited beer choice, but well looked after.
Menu used to be very good, but now seems to be limted to variations on steak. Still, always a relaible meeting point and guarnateed friendly service.
steven_Wynn_Uk - 12 Sep 2009 19:04
Good show all around. Like stepping back into a more civilised era. Limited beer choice, but well looked after.
Menu used to be very good, but now seems to be limted to variations on steak. Still, always a relaible meeting point and guarnateed friendly service.
steven_Wynn_Uk - 12 Sep 2009 19:04
Tries to be high-class but comes off as rather faceless and snooty. More expensive than your average city pub and in my opinion, not as good. The food is particularly pricey for what it is.
siddo - 6 Sep 2009 15:33
We popped in here on Bank Holiday Saturday evening when visiting friends in Nottingham. They had been told that the food and service was of top quality.

The bar was small and empty, including no-one around to serve. When a young lad eventually appeared we enquired about meals and we were presented with an A4 photocopied sheet of about 5 starters, mains and deserts. Limited menu for evening meal so we decided to eat else where. There looked to be reasonably priced real ales, though we never stuck around to find out!
buzzybev - 27 May 2009 16:23
Can't comment on the food as we didn't get a chance to eat. Firstly we were told on the the telephone to come at any time as there was only two of us it wouldn't be a problem. When we did arrive at 8.30pm we were told to go away and come back in an hour by a very rude woman. When we did return, an extremely unpleasant bouncer told us to go and stand by the bar, to see if we could be allowed to eat, at this point we walked away in disgust. Worst experience I've ever had in all the years of going to Nottinghams pubs and restaurants - stuffy, rude and completely lacking in any understanding of customer service.
PaulNotts - 7 Mar 2009 08:04
Smart little pub with a pewter bar top and comfy chairs. Up the stairs, across the landing and then down some more stairs is a back room where there are more tables and comfy chairs. This area is used for dining only at weekends. Had Deuchars plus Nottingham Extra Pale and Cock and Hoop (rebadged or brewed for the pub). Had a couple of pints of the Extra Pale which were OK. It's a nice place but it is very small. Try the Keans Head just round the corner if it's too full.
ROBCamra - 16 Feb 2009 14:23
Popped in and had a very nice pint of Nottingham Extra Pale Ale (very tasty and gone in seconds), nice style of pub, bar staff need a bit more training on pint pulling...
davebatt69 - 27 May 2008 11:18
I used to visit this pub, but stopped as it smelled more like a cafe than a pub, what with diners sprinkling vinegar over their chips. Lovely exterior and interior (wood panelled walls). The staff also seemed poorly trained in serving ale (walking away to serve someone else the second they'd put my money in the til. I then had to wait another 5 mins to get my pint changed as it was obvious from the murky appearance it was the last one in the cask.) Expect to see Nottingham Ale, London Pride, and Deuchars IPA.
Slake - 27 Apr 2008 14:51
This place may be trendy but they had a real ale on (Nottingham Brewery) and the layout is very interesting with nice hide-away spots and other larger, more open areas. Worth a look around.
dyyony - 8 Oct 2007 13:53
Love the layout of this pub.its the kind of place where-if you looked liked Daniel Craig- you'd expect to get your next 007 mission(M's sitting room)....Top pint-mine was London Pride.
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 26 Feb 2007 23:15
Has more of a solicitor's waiting room feel than that of a pub. Very bight, clinical and smart. Not really my cup of tea. I believe this place is quite renowned too.
Greshon - 14 Feb 2007 13:35
Cosy non-smoking pub with nice beer and good food.
Been a few times during the day and it was quiet but the staff were very friendly.
I imagine it's busier in the evenings but definately one to drop in for a pint during the day.
Ste1234 - 9 Jan 2007 20:29
Found this bar to be ful of pompous stuck up twits, over priced beer in prissy surroundings. Just a personal feeling, just found it stuffy and unwelcoming, yet my friends love it.
BoozeBear - 6 Oct 2006 22:44
A little Gem. Well worth seeking out if you are a visitor to Nottingham. Good range of beers, but nothing particularly out of the ordinary apart from a special brew from local brewery Castle Rock. Very pleasant member of staff on at the time of our visit (4pm 24.5.2005) who took time out from her cleaning responsibilities to answer my questions on the no smoking policy that was introduced (Dec 2004). Yes, I am fully behind any pub/brewery/chain that takes this bold step. Full marks and very well done.
salamander501 - 25 May 2005 18:02
Excellent pub, quiet with excellent beer but an expensive wine range (hence 9 rather than 10). Has now gone totally non-smoking throughout. Beautiful food.
cathal21 - 21 Jan 2005 15:40
What??? Where is this? Is this the place where you can drink out of tube like on Star Trek, 'cause that was fantastic!
Johnny Calibre - 1 Sep 2004 05:31
Too scared to go in here. Looks too posh.
palmwinedrinkard - 27 May 2004 17:39
Excellent if you want a couple of quiet pints with mates, especially if you can't face the hustle + bustle of other places nearby (i.e the Pitcher and Piano). May be considered a tiny bit pricey, but they have waitress service, so can't complain really. Has a late licence on Saturdays.
McSti - 3 Nov 2003 23:18

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