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The Cock Tavern (Brew Pub)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Squawk - NZ IPA Wai-iti Waimai Excellent1
Verdant - Track & FieldExcellent1
Five Points - Derailed PorterExcellent1
Wylam - Jakehead IPAExcellent1
Track - Two’s Day Juice Excellent1
Squawk - IPA: Simcoe, Mosaic, Falconer’s Flight Excellent1
Track - EnigmaExcellent1
Deya - Steady Rolling ManExcellent1
Wylam - Swipe Right SPAExcellent1
First Chop Brewing Arm - PODExcellent1
Box Social - FubsyExcellent1
Bullfinch - SwiftExcellent1
Deya - Just a GlimmerExcellent1
Squawk - Oat Pale Ale Wai-iti Excellent1
Track - El DoradoExcellent1
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent1
Deya - Into the HazeExcellent1
Maregade - AmberGood1
Wylam - GalatiaGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 1Good1
Maregade - Blonde PaleGood1
Track - ZakaGood1
Redemption - Victorian MildAcceptable1
New Bristol - 365Acceptable1
Brick - Kinsale BitterNot Tried0
Maregade - PaleNot Tried0
Maregade - Vanilla Milk StoutNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - MillionaireNot Tried0
Almasty - APANot Tried0
Maregade - IPANot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Pale Series CitraNot Tried0
Salopian - KashmirNot Tried0
Hammerton - Blank SlateNot Tried0
Brick - Peckham PaleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Red Spider RyeNot Tried0
Wylam - CascadeNot Tried0
Wylam - Hickey the RakeNot Tried0
Maregade - Elderflower SpringNot Tried0
Hop Stuff - FusilierNot Tried0
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Ruby RedNot Tried0
Hobsons - Champion MildNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - BounderNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

08 Feb 2018 (Stephen Harris)
It’s the monthly ‘Holy Cheese Mountain’ night here and the visiting brewery is Verdant (although they have no cask beer). I realise that it will be busy so leave work early and am here by 6:30. It is already packed however and more keep squeezing in, making the pub a bit uncomfortable.
Box Social - Fubsy4.20ExcellentA slightly sweet, black Oatmeal Stout.
Track - El Dorado4.00ExcellentA proper murky, golden hopfest.
Verdant - Track & Field7.20ExcellentFrom key-keg. This is a great, strong, fresh, juicy, US-style IPA
Redemption - Victorian Mild6.00AcceptableDark brown in colour. I don’t enjoy this as much as I was expecting – possibly because it comes immediately after a couple of very hoppy beers.
Gipsy Hill - Bounder4.40Not Tried
13 Jan 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon on a Sunday is a quiet session here, probably due to the lack of roast lunch provision. I like it quiet. With Maregade Brewery having relocated to larger premises nearby, I understand that Howling Hops are once again brewing some cask beers here.
Five Points - Derailed Porter5.20ExcellentAn excellent, soured and slightly stronger version of the regular Railway Porter. Produced in limited quantities each winter.
Track - Enigma4.00ExcellentA cloudy, golden, single-hopper. Quite distinctive hop tastes.
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Ruby Red5.00Not Tried
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Brick - Kinsale Bitter4.00Not Tried
26 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Very busy in the early evening with people here before an event at the Hackney Empire. Much talk about the pub now accepting plastic payments (formerly strictly a cash-only venue) although I did not see anyone give it a go.
Track - Zaka3.80GoodA fresh and fruity Pale Ale.
New Bristol - 3654.00AcceptableA hazy brown colour. This is a heavily-malty, traditional Best Bitter.
Hop Stuff - Fusilier4.30Not Tried
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale 5.00Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
07 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
It is the monthly cheese night here, with a big crowd present including people from Wylam Brewery (who are the featured brewery) and Mikkeler (who are not). My friend Dave is horrified to find not one dark beer on the bar in any format and resolves to drink cider.
Wylam - Jakehead IPA6.30ExcellentA very nice, strong IPA.
Wylam - Swipe Right SPA4.70ExcellentA fruity APA.
Wylam - Galatia3.90GoodVery pale and rather sharp.
Wylam - Cascade4.10Not Tried
Wylam - Hickey the Rake4.20Not Tried
Maregade - Elderflower Spring4.30Not Tried
09 Aug 2017 (Stephen Harris)
As part of the London Beer City event, this pub is hosting Deya Brewery from Cheltenham tonight. They have brought four key-keg beers with them and the brewers are showing what multi-talented chaps they are by DJ-ing here tonight.
Deya - Steady Rolling Man5.20ExcellentMore murky yellow/gold. A very fine-tasting US-style IPA. Some lemony flavours.
First Chop Brewing Arm - POD4.20ExcellentA relatively lightweight, but still excellent, Vanilla Stout.
Deya - Just a Glimmer4.00ExcellentA thickly-cloudy yellow/gold colour. An APA and full of fruity US hop flavours.
Deya - Into the Haze6.20ExcellentAnother thick glass of golden murk. A smooth, fruity, strong IPA.
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye4.80Not Tried
Maregade - Pale5.20Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
Squawk - Oat Pale Ale Wai-iti 4.20Not Tried
22 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and not crowded.
Squawk - NZ IPA Wai-iti Waimai 5.50ExcellentA top-drawer IPA with superb New Zealand hop flavours.
Track - Two’s Day Juice 4.40ExcellentA collaboration beer with Brew by Numbers, available from key-keg. A murky yellow colour. Juicy and lemony.
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
Brick - Peckham Pale4.50Not Tried
24 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Here for the presentation of East London & City CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year award. There is a nice little gathering of members and the pub is very generous with a supply of cheese and biscuits.
Squawk - Oat Pale Ale Wai-iti 4.20ExcellentRather nice – best beer of the evening in fact.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 15.00GoodNice to see Howling Hops beers in cask, although I think I actually prefer the fresher taste at the brewery. This is cloudy and fruity pint.
Maregade - Blonde Pale4.80GoodGolden, cloudy and sharp.
Maregade - Pale5.20Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Hammerton - Blank Slate3.20Not Tried
19 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Rather quiet for a Friday evening, with many of the usual faces absent.
Squawk - IPA: Simcoe, Mosaic, Falconer’s Flight 6.80ExcellentA very serious IPA.
Maregade - Amber4.90GoodA cloudy, amber beer, with a fruity, hoppy bitterness.
Salopian - Kashmir5.50Not Tried
Maregade - Pale5.20Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Maregade - IPA6.00Not Tried
02 May 2017 (Jason)
4pm opening we were the second customers. A proper drinkers pub I could have stayed here all day trying the beers alas it was towards the end of our crawl today. A good range of ciders on offer too.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Excellent
Wild Beer Co. - Millionaire4.70Not Tried
Almasty - APA5.10Not Tried
Maregade - IPA6.00Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Pale Series Citra4.20Not Tried
03 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
An early afternoon visit when the pub is nearly empty and I have the pick of the seats.
Bullfinch - Swift4.00ExcellentThe pumpclip depicts a Swallow, so you get three birds for the price of one. This is a satisfyingly hoppy, pale beer.
Brick - Kinsale Bitter4.00Not Tried
Maregade - Pale5.20Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried

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About The Cock Tavern

The pub sign. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E8 1EJ.

There was a pub called the Cock in Hackney village as early as the 1650s, and in 1661 it was the venue for ‘Popish Conspirators’, plotting an unsuccessful assassination attempt on King Charles II. Nobody is quite sure if this was the predecessor of today’s pub – but the present pub was certainly around by the 1830s and was rebuilt in its present form by Truman’s Brewery in around 1930. Very much a down-market, high street, strictly ‘no real ale’ sort of place, it closed in early 2012 for refurbishment, and re-opened on 18 July 2012 as a real ale champion, complete with in-house ‘Howling Hops’ micro-brewery (subsequently relocated to larger premises). This pub is sister pub to the Southampton Arms in Kentish Town.

We have visited this pub 80 times, seen 289 different beers and tried 185 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ