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The Cock Tavern
67 High Street,
London, E17 7DB,
020 8521 8112
This re-opened last Saturday.
It looked quite clean today looking in from outside, but didn't appear to be very busy at approx 10:50am. I couldn't see if they were selling anything worth drinking (real ale). I didn't have time to stop for one!
I wrote this to a friend and she said you might publish as a review. Just my honest reflections on my recently reopened local.
Well The Cock Tavern is back.New decor but some old elements have remained. Shame its not any of original fixtures and fittings...
Perhaps the Cock has to keep some of its old regular crowd because there will be stiff competition in next few weeks for Hackney/Stokey/village people type folk with disposal income, i.e. overdrafts.
"The Chequers" run by the Antic pub company is located 5 minutes up the High street and from all accounts is going to give that area a much needed boost when it opens. It's a real shame then that the Cock Tavern hasn't got its act together to beat them to it.
Ok the positives...Every opening night needs a mix of punters. No issue with the customers, in fact I thought the lady in corner with badly slept in hair and missing teeth versus blokes with designer glasses and lumberjack shirts quite endearing. Personally, I'm not fan of places that serve babycinos and charge £8 for a glass of anything anyway (see The Castle). Another major plus was at least drinks I had on Saturday were served in a clean glass so its ahead of the Rose & Crown already by a Usain Bolt streak.
A big letdown was only red wine on offer was Echo Falls Merlot (makes you want to drown yourself in Jacobs Creek let alone drink it) and excuse given? "First night"...mmm. You can't charge 3.50 a glass for something that costs 3.99 at Lidl can you? When I asked what reds they had barmaid showed me the bottle like a Sommelier. Odd. I was warned not to expect Rioja but they really deserve grade E for effort, there. My mate tells me pint was no better either. London Gold far from shining...
The deafening 80's soundtrack & flatscreen TV's was really beyond logic. I asked if it could be turned down and was told in a shrill but polite tone "its controlled by the machine." Someone said characters in there were from Hogarth...(apparently pub has stood on that site since 1700's) but friggin' Orwellian I thought after that response from the barmaid.
However after 10.30 (yes lasted that long as company was nicer than venue and for next few weeks not that close to any alternatives) they were a bit more concerned about local residents so the volume miraculously went down. The silent MTV remained, alas.
Not quite sure about boozers with bouncers. Sends a sign that bit of crack and a barney is a pre-requisite. Bottom end of market isn't that rough is it?
If they get rid of loud music so you can have chat without rupturing your larynx and get some decent alcohol they might be ok. Big ask, I know. The Nags survived with no food, cat weddings but decent drinks list for years (location,location aside) so that I can live with. Missed opportunity for Cock though no pub grub.
Got to feedback to the new management before I write it off totally. Since I'm only few minutes away will go back in a month or so and see if it was a first night error and they didn't know what to expect after their Ikea refit. Think they have about a month until the Antic lot take over Chequers and show them how it's done.
The Cock Tavern needs to prove this place isn't a no go zone for locals that won't slash the new leather sofas. My hopes? Not high...
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