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The Fighting Cock, Listerhills, Bradford

23 Preston Street
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Fighting Cock

In an industrial part of Bradford,this is a traditional basic boozer, very old school and all the better for being so.The apex front door leads to a three section interior with a wooden floor throughout.The first area is square with a wood burner kicking out some good heat.The mid section has most of the bar opposite while the back area has some booth seating.Decoration is deminimus,there are no TV screens,muzak or other modern distractions.The customers were as well worn as the pub,it's welcomes dogs and everyone was friendly.Don't expect fancy food ,I made do with crisps and nuts.
The ale range on my trip was Salopian Charm Assault (NBSS 4),Thornbridge Jaipur,Theakston's Old Peculier,TT Landlord and Boltmaker,Moorhouse Black Cat Reserve,White Rose Original Blonde and a further ale I failed to note.8 real ales on a Wednesday lunchtime was a positive surprise ,and the quality has been recognised by regular GBG entries and CAMRA awards.
Make the effort to get out here if visiting Bradford,it's basic and a throw back to an industrial past which has largely departed.Thankfully this pub has survived,it's wonderful.

On 11th November 2021 - rating: 9
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Fighting Cock

A good destination pub and well worth a visit. Even on approach, observing the outside, I had a feeling this was going to be good one, with the large Hand Pulled Ales sign and old wall mounted pub sign and an array of numerous empty casks stacked up against the wall.
Another feature I liked was the corner entrance, with its two worn sandstone steps. The interior was basic, with worn timber boards throughout and a long timber bar running from the front room into the two side rooms. 12 handpumps, all in use, we went for the Magic Rock High Wire and the Glentworth Calypso, both were excellent. Friendly and helpful staff. Only we were on a crawl, I would have spent more time in here.
The pub has also recently added a beer garden area, with bench seating and an aluminium frame set up stillage, for future beer fests.

On 31st October 2015 - rating: 9
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ROB Camra left this review about The Fighting Cock

It's quite a long walk through an old industrialised area to get here. Once you've negotiated the numerous car washes (are Bradford's cars really that dirty) and the multiple scrap yards (probably caused by over cleaning), you arrive at this gem of a pub. This has to be a destination pub, there's nothing else to come out here for. A real survivor. The pub is as described by OB below. 12 handpumps on the bar and all 12 were on. Both the beers I tried were in excellent condition and served to me by a friendly barman. It was fairly quiet on my Friday afternoon visit but I'm guessing it gets busier later on. I'll definitely be making my way out here again.

On 16th January 2015 - rating: 9
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This pub features in the following crawls:
Bradford City Centre Real Ale Crawl by Jonathan Crewdson
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by John Yeadon
Bradford Forster Square, 0.88 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Bradford Interchange, 1.02 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Frizinghall, 2.16 miles, 41 min walk (show)
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11th Nov 2021, 22:19
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
11th Nov 2021, 22:16
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard

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  • Beer Festivals : Yes - February - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 02 August 2013 by John Yeadon
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 May 2010 by Will Larter
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