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The Cock, Bishop's Stortford

2 Stansted Road
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 2DX
Phone: 01279652386
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Punch Taverns

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Cock

Fairly bog standard boozer located on a busy set of traffic lights. There were only a couple of other customers present on my arrival. Although, I believe a band may have been about to set up outdoors at the rear and there were a few drinkers filtering outside too.

The ale choice was uninspiring - Doom Bar & Tribute. But the barman was happy to chat.

On 9th August 2020 - rating: 4
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Cock Inn

A beautiful building from the exterior with a refurb which is more cock up than Cock Inn.The bar is immediately infont of the front door with four handpumps serving Adnams Bitter , Broadside and Spitfire as regular ales and Adnams Explorer as a guest but sadly not on during our trip.Vertical drinkers gather round the bar while to the left is a seperate room with two sofas,stools and large coffee tables and a clutter of wooden artifacts that make the area feel smaller than it really is.If this is meant to be a quiet area ,that objective is ruined by the Sky sports screen.Around the otherside of the central bar are more screens,a ubiquitous (for Stortford) pool table and muzak is blared at significant volume.Needless to say the ale left something to be desired.Such a wasted opportunity in what could be a very interesting pub interior in the hands of a sympathetic owner.

Pints of View have reported before Christmas 2014 that Punch have sold this pub to the Craft Beer Company,but this may be wishful thinking because it is still being run by a Punch lessee and there is a board on the outside stating that the lease is available.No change to report sadly.

On 17th January 2015 - rating: 4
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Roger Button left this review about The Cock Inn

The Cock dates from 1547 and has been a pub since 1620 when it was called the Black Lion and later the Vernons Head. It stands at a crossroads on the edge of the town centre and is the last of 4 pubs that once stood here. The pub is said to have been a regular haunt of Dick Turpin who, if the stories of his frequenting of pubs is to believed, would never have had time to do any robbing. The pub also doubled up as a courthouse and jail so I doubt he would have been too keen on hanging around (metaphorically speaking). One of the upstairs rooms is also said to contain a priesthole.

From the outside it does appear a bit faded and grubby and the interior has been given a fairly basic, stripped back and quite modern makeover that perhaps doesn’t enhance all the best characteristics however there are still enough wonky walls and sagging ceilings to attest to its great age.

The main bar is L-shaped with fairly spartan furnishings including a couple of high back pews but on the whole it comes over as quite dull and underplayed. The rear section is separated by a wall remnant with double sided fireplace and contains a pool table. There is also a small equally spartan side room with a bit more of a loungey approach. There were several rather lewd, double entendre, pub adverts making the most of the pub name in a Carry On style of humour and also some unusual modern artworks (for sale). I think the TV count must have been addressed since the previous reports as I noted only 3 (main bar, pool section and side room) and they didn’t come over as particularly intrusive

Beer wise, there were 4 ales available for my visit, 3 by Adnams (Bitter, Explorer and Broadside) plus Spitfire. I tried the Explorer which was fine quality wise and priced in line with most of the pubs in the area.

I certainly didn’t feel uncomfortable here and the customer base seemed perfectly civilized although it is yet another pub in the area that probably hasn’t made the best of its attributes. As it is on the way to the football ground, I wouldn’t have any major objections in making use of its facilities at some future stage.

On 1st February 2011 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Roger Button
Bishops Stortford, 0.29 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Stansted Mountfitchet, 3.25 miles, 1 hr 2 min walk (show)
Sawbridgeworth, 4.75 miles, 1 hr 31 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Cock, Bishop's Stortford
9th Aug 2020, 15:25
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
15th May 2016, 13:13
Request to mark pub as open by ROB Camra approved

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  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 August 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 09 August 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 15 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 01 February 2011 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 May 2016 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes - The Cloud - last updated 09 August 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
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