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Old Fighting Cocks, Telford

Pub added by Oggwyn Great
48 Market Street
Oakengates
Postal town: Telford
TF2 6DU
Phone: 01952615607

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Oggwyn Reborn left this review about Old Fighting Cocks

Pub is well described in previous reviews , it is a very friendly pub owned by the Wrekin Brewery(previously Ironbridge) with help from Everards .
No food is available but you can order from the local takeaways who will deliver to the pub ,where , plates and cutlery are supplied . The pub will also allow you to take your pint to the un-licensed Indian resturant across the road .
There are 10 handpulls , 9 serving real ale and 1 with Scrambler cider , the beer range varies with a couple from Wrekin and Everards Tiger plus guests from far and wide , the Wrekin ales are good value at around £2.40 a pint the guest are around £3 .
A large selection of bottled craft beers are also available .
Only problem is the beer quality has suffered recently due to high turnover of managers , four in the last 12 months i reckon .
This should be a great pub it just needs someone who knows how to cellar properly.

On 18th February 2015 - no rating submitted
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Oggwyn Great left this review about Fighting Cocks

Just a quick add on to the previous reviews , there is now a 32 seat cinema , Oakengates Picturehouse , now open in the former Union/Function room in the pub (upstairs) and you can take your pint in .

On 13th January 2011 - no rating submitted
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Ale Monster left this review about Fighting Cocks

This recently reopened three room traditional pub is owned by Everards Brewery but leased out to the local Ironbridge Brewery and is the oldest pub in the area dating from around the mid 1600’s, although it was gutted by fire around 1880 and subsequently rebuilt (the history of the pub is on the wall in one of the back rooms). As you enter the beautifully restored frontage with its stained glass windows you are immediately met by the small L shaped bar counter, the room is a C shape around the central bar, the décor is plain and traditional with lots of wood, a small Victorian cast iron fireplace on the right and a couple of paintings and a display of tankards on the walls. At the back of the public bar is a small snug on the left and a corridor decorated with paintings and photos of horse racing which leads to a second snug on the right. The first snug has a log burning stove against the back wall with beer memorabilia on the walls, the second snug at the end of the corridor has a similar log burner against the other side of the same wall with old sporting illustrations on the walls.

Regular ales are Everards Tiger Best Bitter and three changing ales from the Ironbridge Brewery with a further three changing guest beers from Shropshire and the neighbouring counties, Ironbridge have a cask swapping scheme with some of the other local breweries. There was also a cider on hand pull and two empty pulls around the side of the bar counter, ten hand pulls in total.

I love what they have done with this place, I get the feeling that this is what the pub would have looked like in 1883 when it was refurbished after the fire, the wood is all fresh and new rather than made to look old and well worn as many pubs try to do to give a false sense of age. Also the beer range and selection is really good, Oakengates has become a great place for a mini pub crawl as there are now four good pubs in the centre with six or more real ales on!

On 14th June 2010 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Fighting Cocks

One of three pubs almost in a row, with another opposite, the centre of Oakengates is well served with options for a good pint. Of this group, the Fighting Cocks looks the best having only recently been reopened as a 'cask ale emporium' after a major refurbishment. Inside, you find a well-presented 'L'-shaped bar with eight working handpumps plus another two which are due to be commissioned soon. The real ales are divided between those from the owners (Ironbridge Brewery) and other local guests. My pint of Pot O' Gold from Wood's Brewery (£2.60) was excellent. Overall, a fine establishment.

On 5th June 2010 - rating: 8
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Soup Dragon left this review about Fighting Cocks

A neat looking white rendered terraced pub, with black paint work. The refurbished brewery tap for the Ironbridge Brewery as indicated by the etched glass behind the bar. There is a beer garden.

The interior - i just saw the two rooms (see Oggy's review below) served by a central wood bar. The decor is a plain light colour with wood panel, a little modern in some ways, yet traditional in others. There is a wood floor, a few prints on the walls and a small tiled fireplace. The service was friendly, as were the clientele and their dogs.

Beer; a bit of tap stuff - but classier; Amstel and Peroni. On the handpull side there were 8 real ales; with a great Elwoods Black Dog MILD, Woods Shropshire Lad, 3 Tuns XXX and Ironbridge Foundry Gold the ones i tried.

Stayed here the full time i was in Oakengates, except for a swifty at the Station as they do MILD - and i dont regret it one bit.

On 3rd June 2010 - no rating submitted
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Oggwyn Great left this review about Fighting Cocks

Oakengates oldest pub reopened after an extensive refitt , its a terraced building with stained glass windows , as you enter the bar is straight in front with seated areas to both sides , as you walk through theres a back room , wood panneled with leather seating , a partionened corridor leads to a snug and a further room down a slope with a quiz machine . In the main bar there is a door which leads to the side passage (covered)where there are seats and tables with a small courtyard to the rear also with seats and tables . There are 10 handpulls , 3/4 are from Ironbridge (its the brewery tap) plus 5/6 guests and a real cider , all the beers are well kept , the service is pretty good as well , only real downside is lack of banter though this may come as the pub becomes more established , well worth a visit along with the Station , Crown and Alexandria , Oakengates is becoming a real ale mecca

On 15th May 2010 - rating: 8
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