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Fighting Cocks, Rotherham

Claypit Lane
Postal town: Rotherham
S62 5JT

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Alan Winfield left this review about Fighting Cocks

The Fighting Cocks looks like a 30s built estate pub,that is situated on an estate in the Rawmarsh area of Rotherham.
I arrived at this pub just before 12am and there was a few people waiting outside for it to open,it opened dead on 12.
Once inside there are two smartish rooms either side of the main entrance,each room was carpeted and had comfy looking bench seating,there is a much larger room to the rear which is square shaped,there was comfy bench seating around the edge of the room and normal tables and chairs in the middle,there was a full size snooker table to the far left and a pool table next to it,the darts board was on a small raised area to the rear right.
The pub is a Samuel Smiths tied house,no real ales,i had a decent drink of keg Old Brewery bitter,which went down well at 90p an half.
I always enjoy going in Samuel Smiths pubs,this one did'nt dissapoint.

Pub visited 31/5/2014

On 31st May 2014 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about Fighting Cocks

A Sam Smiths pub - instantly identifiable by the total absence of signage - was a pleasant surprise for me on my bike tour of some of Rotherham's further flung pubs. This is a brick built, possibly 1930s, estate pub, with the original layout of rooms intact, as might be expected of this brewery. The entrance has two doors leading off it, but the one on the left was locked when I was here on a Friday afternoon, so I went through the other door to the right. This led into a lounge in which three men were putting the world to rights over a pint or two. There was no one behind the bar, so I ventured through the next door which was marked both Public Bar and Concert Room. This was a large room, of the type seen in working mens' clubs, with a full size snooker table and a couple of pool tables, plus a bar which was again unstaffed. I returned to the original room, whereupon one of the locals raised a holler, which eventually resulted in the appearance, from the cellar door, of a pleasant young woman who proceeded to serve me some beer.

There is no real ale on here, but a range of Sam Smiths keg products was on offer. I had the 2.8% mild, priced at an astonishing £1.36 a pint, which was too cold at first, but I let it stand while writing a few notes for my review, and it improved after a while. This is a comfortable pub with the usual Sam Smiths décor (walls a dubious shade of brown paint, probably remaindered because no one else wants to buy it, with yellow skirting boards) and some original features such as the bar surround, which was made of what look like tiles but are in fact wood (or at least wood veneer) squares. In the unlikely event of my returning to this part of town, I wouldn't mind popping in again.

There's a lingering smell of stale cigarette smoke, which surely can't have lingered the nearly six years since the ban? Maybe it just drifts in from the doorway...

On 26th April 2013 - rating: 7
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