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Cock Tavern, Kilburn

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Nothing has changed
Once a rough stinking pit always a rough stinking pit,
Run and frequented by only the lower dregs of society
Avoid! Avoid!Avoid!
Equaliser247 - 22 Mar 2016 03:28
I quite like The Cock and go there for footy when Angie's II is showing rugby. I may make music night some Thursday. Only downer: Beck's Blue a whopping £3.80!! Other drinks prices were quite reasonable.
oak_cliff - 2 Mar 2016 21:45
Went there for the first time recently with a few of my mates, only because we were trying out a few pubs in the area....this was the worst.

You step off the noisy and bright Kilburn High St into the seedy, dark and dingey hell-hole that is the Cock Tavern - messy and grubby interior, disinterested staff, and wierd, weird locals. It was FA Cup final day when we were in there, some African guy walked up to our group and said he'd travelled thousands of miles to see Arsenal in the Cup final....despite the fact he couldn't name a single Arsenal player and he was standing in a pub in Kilbun while the final was being played! He then proceeded to shake my hand and refused to let go of it, and fell to his knees in front of us and wouldn't get up....this appears to be typical of the regulars of The Cock Tavern. An absolute dive of a place.
Fenriz - 27 Nov 2014 13:31
don't drink here a friend and i went in here for a drink and a game of pool so my friend went to the pool table and i introduce myself to the landlord to witch he said "what do you want to know my name for" so with that my friend and i walked out and the pool table was gone hopefully sold for some customer care lessons i will go back when that man has gone, so unfriendly
papalong - 5 Mar 2013 12:10
What has happened to the weekly karaoke on a Friday night? The place used to be buzzing on a Friday evening - There were lots of people. Now on a Friday it is almost empty and the regulars have disappeared. Very sad. Bring back the karaoke.
Annesleya - 25 Feb 2012 11:03
Although this Pub looks quite decent on the surface, after a few minutes you come to realise the place is a pit. Flooded toilets, indifferent bar staff, scary regulars and a £5 deposit to play pool. Security staff came on at 7pm the Saturday I was there, I can only assume to keep the nutters in. Sadly this pub is indicative of all the places on Kilburn High Rd now.
emlagh - 24 Jul 2011 11:03
Crap service and average beer, though I still quite like it for some reason. There's a theatre upstairs if you're into that kind of thing.
MX7 - 24 Jul 2010 17:40
Never, ever buy food here. I got a BLT and it was absolutely shocking - two slices of thin white processed sliced bread cut into triangles, heavily spread with margerine, and when I looked inside half of the already small portion of badly cooked bacon was fat and there were only one or two pieces of tomato throughout the whole thing. It's the worst sandwich I have ever had the misfortune to be presented with. How anybody can make such a hash of cooking some bacon is completely beyond me, and my boyfriend's opinion of the pad thai that he got was that it was 'a bit strange'. Added to this, we had to wait for quite a while for it because the barmaid came over and told us that she'd lost the chef.

Fine for a pint and a game of pool if you get the table that has a cue ball instead of the other one where we had to use spare yellow pool balls scribbled on in felt tip, but I repeat, don't buy food here.
catfitz - 10 Apr 2010 12:34
This place has plasma screens throughout, but they were all off at 16:45 last Saturday afternoon which I found a bit strange. There are also a couple of pool tables at the rear.

The barmaid was waiting for a barrel to be changed, but instead of serving me she stood at the bar talking to the local that was waiting for his Fosters to appear. Whilst standing there scratching my head I spotted a couple of hand pumps but only Greene King IPA was on as the other pump was unused.

It took a good couple of minutes for me to get cheesed off enough to leave without buying a drink and Iíll not be returning.
Strongers - 23 Nov 2009 13:08
An ok pub, very much the Kilburn sort of mix but despite there being no beer at time of visit (there is usually) it was friendly enough and reasonably comfortable.
rainlight - 14 Feb 2009 09:34
I don't blame the Muldoons for getting out. A madhouse with friendly-scary regulars. But that's what Kilburn High Road has always been all about.
Bronxrichie - 23 Oct 2008 01:03
Sorry to report that the Muldoon family have sold up and moved on. As 'Chester' noted (Aug 2006 post), tenants only seem to stay for six months. Its a shame they couldn't make a go of it as a comedy/music venue; especially as its now back to its old uninviting ways.

Sadly, no longer recommended.
growlwow - 5 Aug 2008 12:00
What used to be a bit of a down-at-heel boozer has been transformed over the recent while into one of the most happening music, comedy and variety venues in West London.

Run by the Muldoon family that saved & ran the Hackney Empire for 15 years, the pub has now got a great vibe - just goes to show that it's the landlord's personality that makes or breaks a pub experience.

Live music on Wednesday evenings & all day Sunday, comedy on Tues & Sat nights and occasional Music Hall nights.

Well recomended.
gmc1 - 16 Apr 2008 14:09
I was in this pub-for the 1st time-and found the bar staff very very rude, aggressive and unfriendly. They were shouting at customers and not being nice at all. I do not recommend this pub to anybody and could not wait to get out of there soon as. I think they should all be fired and the manager got to look for some friendly bar stuff instead. I will tell all my friends and people i know to NEVER EVER go there.
SHE - 27 Jan 2008 20:06
being here seems a bit surreal.. the locals are friendly, except when it comes to billiards... but its a little bit of a dump though... still fun if that is what you are after!!!
frostman - 13 Apr 2007 15:23
The Cock is a cool place for a pint or 2 - always guaranteed a seat, its cheap as chips and there is no hint of gastopubitis which seems to have infected so many of the other pubs in the area. had cool runnings on the tv one saturday afternoon i was in there - you can't say fairer than that.
poochie - 6 Feb 2007 21:31
anybody know why this pub is again looking for a new TENANT again .Tenants seem to stay only about SIX months which is apity as its areasonable pub for a pint.
chester - 23 Aug 2006 22:42
Reopened but didn't go in. Peered in the window and it looked empty.........very empty.
Lyncroft - 23 May 2006 20:01
Recently i have been to The Cock Tavern and since been taken over by new management this year it has been refurbished to a high standard which has improved the once scabby toilets to ones which are clean, modern and are a huge improvement since the last time i went there in 2005.

The staff are all friendly and polite and up for a laugh with the customers.

Prices are good and very reasonable, they also have intertainment on the weekend which attract the good crowd (Unlike before thank god.)

I would highly reccommend this for a night out, i for sure will be returning there on a regular basis. Have fun..!
Sarahog86 - 26 Apr 2006 23:29
Closed for refurbishment. Looks a big job.
Lyncroft - 27 Feb 2006 19:07
gone down the drain,pub not very clean & the prices are high
dottiesue - 18 Aug 2005 11:49
oh yeah its scary as fck this gaff,..last time i was in there i got through two family boxes of maltesers having felt obliged to buy them off an intimidating wannabe confectioner....And yeah,..you're right about the bogs,...they take me back to nam....
kmcs - 1 Apr 2005 11:06
I went for a few scoops last night to The Cock, and from what i gathered it is once again changing hands, this time away from the brewery managed house back to a tenancy. Two Irish lads intend to once again add a personal touch to the pub and liven it up a tad by incorporating live music and live sports both of Local and of Irish origins. Looking around the place it needs a serious sort out toilets etc need to be nuked guys!! Hopefully they instill some of its former glory back to The Famous Cock Tavern!!
anonymous - 31 Mar 2005 13:24
This is not a pub for the faint hearted. The patrons are mainly those who have seen the rawer side of life, have a liking for strong drink and lots of it, and are able to complete a dizzy waltz when the singer strikes into an emotive Irish ballad. To see people here take the floor is a frightening spectacle of whirling bodies and nifty foot work.

Service is pleasant and the beer is reasonable but some of the customers sent a chill down my spine that even the beer did not completely calm.
Watcher - 12 Feb 2005 11:56
I find this place okay. About 5 years ago they used to have bands that had a proper drummer, etc, now it seems to be poshed up kareoke. Okay for a pint or two though.
Lyncroft - 5 Dec 2004 00:01
This boozer seems to change hands every time i come to Kilburn but it always does what it says on the tin. It serves ok ale at an ok price in ok surroundings...and usually there is a man going round trying to sell knocked-off socks...the joys of the kilburn high road
PortmanRd - 2 Dec 2004 17:08
This place has two pool tables and a very cheap approximation of an ale. Big and cavernous. Can't think of much more to say.

Oh yeah, a mate of mine once got thrown out of here for skinning up some wacky backy. Political correctness gone mad.
travis - 11 Oct 2004 16:12

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