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The Cock Tavern, Hackney, E8

315 Mare Street
E8 1EJ
Phone: 02085336369
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hondo . left this review about The Cock Tavern

Still retains it’s Truman’s exterior with quite a dark bare boarded interior. 4 real ales & 5 ciders served on my visit.

On 30th September 2021 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about The Cock Tavern

Date for Original Review: 2nd May 2017.

This pub has existed since at least the mid-16th century and was rebuilt for Truman, Hanbury & Buxton by A. E. Sewell in 1930.
Well described below, though I found this place to be unexceptional, especially the grotty beer 'garden'; the pub isn't helped by the immediate locale.
It's ok and serves a decent pint; I'd pop in if passing, but I'd rather walk a little further east into E9 and go to The Chesham Arms - the 'vegetarian' pork scratchings were an interesting novelty.


I'm not sure if the vegan pork scratchings are still on sale, but this pub has bedded in very well over the years and is a much more accomplished venue. Dating from 1561, this incarnation was rebuilt in 1930 by A. E. Sewell for Truman's, with fine examples of the trademark to the exterior and a lantern.
There are 16 rare bar-mounted pumps with brass ferules, half dispensing real ciders. Ales rotate at speed, are frequently local - or often local for London - and are in great shape too, typically coming in comfortably under the £5.00 mark, which is pretty much what I would have expected to pay before the plague hit.
The pub attracts quite a mixed crowd and is clearly LGBTQ+ friendly, despite the lack of rainbow branding.
This is a must-visit if in the borough of Hackney, making for a great triple with the Hackney Tap and Pembury.

On 20th September 2021 - rating: 8
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Cock Tavern

I'd read somewhere that my favourite pub in Hackney was open, despite wondering where the outdoor drinking was taking place. With the Five Points Summer Tap being a further 10-15 minute walk along Mare Street, we decided to round off our day at the Cock.

The barman was just leaving when we arrived. As such, we ended up with a Seacider Passion Fruit Cider and a Kernel IPA on the house served in plastic glasses. With the two of us remaining a little inebriated, we never did find the outdoor tables.

In more normal times, I really enjoy visits to this place. It has an excellent range of real ales, real ciders and craft beers, with a fairly funky drinking atmosphere and knowledgeable staff.

Hoping to get back inside when this has all blown over.

On 20th April 2021 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Hackney Central, 0.15 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Hackney Downs, 0.44 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London Fields, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 December 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Darts : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 December 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Hot Food : No last updated 10 December 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 05 May 2014 by Moby Duck
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 July 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 September 2021 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 30 September 2021 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 11 August 2014 by paulof horsham
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