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The Cock, Fitzrovia, W1

27 Great Portland Street
W1
W1W 8QE
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Tris C left this review about The Cock

Another pub in the area dating from the late 17th century but rebuilt in the late 19th and another SS pub which has what must be a fake High Victorian interior with ornate cornicing, ceiling roses, cut and etched glass or mirrored screens and signs prohibiting the use of mobile phones; there's an ornate fireplace at one end with its original surround and the fine bar back is original. I don't know if the Minton (or similar) tiled floor is original, but it looks good. Like the Crown & Sceptre up the road, customers seemed to be mainly blokes with beards and tattoos.
There was the one ale on, the ubiquitous Old Brewery Bitter at a pricey (for Sams) £2.35 a half and although it wasn't customarily freezing cold, it was a bit lifeless, served by a very uninterested barman who didn't seem to have heard of the half before.
This is a pretty pub, but the choice of ale and general ambience don't make for a restful experience, but it was probably the best of my four pub mini-crawl.

On 10th October 2021 - rating: 4
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Will Larter left this review about The Cock

A fantastic building, easily identifiable from further up Great Portland Street by the huge lamps suspended over the pavement and looking as though they could fall at any moment. Inside it's superbly well presented too, but this almost goes without saying for the vast majority of Sam Smith's pubs. Quite busy at the time of my visit with a post-work crowd revelling in paying only £3.50 a pint. The Old Brewery Bitter was in good condition and all's right with the world.

On 17th February 2020 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Cock

Chugging along much as it was five years back. Bottles of Nut Brown ale and Chocolate Stout enjoyed on a rather busy Friday evening visit.

May 2014
Another Sam Smiths outlet in an area they seem to have colonised. This one has some ultra-massive glass lanterns hanging outside the pub. The inside is, apparently, a faux-recreation of an old Edwardian pub and I really rather like it. The ground floor has lovely tiled flooring, leather banquettes, plasterworked ceiling and some classic dark wood fittings including snob screens, a large partitioning archway with inlaid clock and a tidy bar back. There’s a lounge bar upstairs that was closed on my visit. Usual Sam’s selection including cask OBB which was in decent nick if (as usual) a tad cold (should that be ‘Tad cold’?). Pretty busy on our visit, certainly in comparison with two their nearby Sam’s pubs (the Cock and Dover Castle). I quite enjoyed it in here and wouldn’t be averse to a revisit, even if it’s unlikely to trouble the ‘must-do’ list. Rated 7

On 18th December 2019 - rating: 7
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This pub features in the following crawls:
W1: Baker Street to BT Tower by Sir Tubbs
London W1 Crawl, 26/03/16 by Komakino .
London May 17 by Roy Collins
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London Charing Cross, 1.18 miles, 22 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.19 miles, 22 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 1.34 miles, 25 min walk (show)
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10th Oct 2021, 19:02
Review submitted by Tris C
 
18th Jul 2020, 18:43
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