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The Cock Tavern (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Boxcar - Dark MildExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Stop the TrainExcellent1
Signature Brew - Roadie - All Night IPAExcellent1
Salt - VelveteenExcellent1
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster StoutExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old LondonExcellent2
Ashover - Victorian Ruby MildExcellent1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXExcellent1
Mallinsons - New World PaleGood1
Electric Bear - Whirly BirdGood1
Blackjack - StoutGood1
Cromarty - Rogue Wave Good1
Saltaire - Cascade Pale AleAcceptable1
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Gotland DrickeAcceptable1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Moor - RawNot Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Tring - Pale FourNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical DeluxeNot Tried0
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Juicy 4pm Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - RIP - Russian Imperial PorterNot Tried0
Tring - SnaggletoothNot Tried0
Northern Monk - Eternal Session IPANot Tried0
Tring - Colley's DogNot Tried0
Track - Made in the ShadeNot Tried0
Electric Bear - Werrrd!Not Tried0
Northern Monk - Striding EdgeNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Milkshake StoutNot Tried0
Five Points - Railway PorterNot Tried0
Track - SonomaNot Tried0
Five Points - Best Goldings HopsNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPANot Tried0
Three Sods - Mon Chéri IPANot Tried0
Northern Monk - Striding EdgeNot Tried0
Three Sods - Smoked Brown AleNot Tried0
Three Sods - Rooi KabouterNot Tried0
Tring - Side Pocket for a ToadNot Tried0
Saltaire - Triple Choc (was Triple Chocoholic)Not Tried0
Tring - MoonGazerNot Tried0
Hammerton - CrunchNot Tried0
Tring - Death or GloryNot Tried0
Five Points - Best Fuggles HopsNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

09 Mar 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon visit. A young group of drunks are somewhat spoiling the usually calm atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Signature Brew - Roadie - All Night IPA4.30ExcellentGreat to see Roadie back in cask. And it's tasting as excellent as ever.
Salt - Velveteen4.80ExcellentA great, black Porter with vanilla and chocolate.
Tring - Colley's Dog5.20Not Tried
Electric Bear - Werrrd!4.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Wiper and True - Milkshake Stout4.50Not Tried4,6% version.
02 Mar 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon and there are a few "characters" present.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ashover - Victorian Ruby Mild7.00ExcellentA strong and full-bodied, dark Ruby Mild. Quite sweet.
Blackjack - Stout5.00GoodQuite sharp and fruity.
Moor - Raw4.30Not Tried
Tring - Pale Four4.60Not Tried
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Juicy 4pm 4.90Not Tried
Boxcar - Dark Mild3.60Not Tried
Tring - Snaggletooth3.90Not Tried
29 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
I spent my whole time chatting to a friend at the bar and failed to note the other cask beers available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Boxcar - Dark Mild3.60ExcellentA very fine, chocolatey/coffee Mild.
20 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Always nice to be here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Electric Bear - Whirly Bird5.20GoodGolden. A full mouthfeel and a bit earthy.
Tring - Side Pocket for a Toad3.60Not Tried
Saltaire - Triple Choc (was Triple Chocoholic)4.80Not Tried
Tring - MoonGazer4.30Not Tried
Hammerton - Crunch5.40Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Five Points - Best Fuggles Hops4.10Not Tried
02 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
A Sunday afternoon vibe.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mallinsons - New World Pale4.00GoodClear gold. Very dry. Bitter finish.
Saltaire - Cascade Pale Ale4.80AcceptableDrinkable but not great. I was not surprised to later realise that mine had been the last pint out.
Three Sods - Mon Chéri IPA4.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old London4.80Not Tried
Three Sods - Smoked Brown Ale5.20Not Tried
06 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon. I think I left my scarf behind. Will have to return soon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30ExcellentRich and smooth.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old London4.80ExcellentA very nice, roasty and hoppy Porter.
Northern Monk - Striding Edge3.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Track - Made in the Shade5.60Not Tried
02 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Nice to find an open pub in deserted London.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10ExcellentVery fresh and fruity.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Northern Monk - Striding Edge3.00Not Tried
Five Points - Best Goldings Hops4.10Not Tried
30 Dec 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Rather quiet today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - New Old London4.80ExcellentA tasty Porter.
Northern Monk - Eternal Session IPA4.10Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
Northern Monk - Striding Edge2.80Not Tried
Three Sods - Rooi Kabouter4.90Not Tried
10 Dec 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon and the pub is filling rapidly.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Gotland Dricke3.40AcceptableThis beer has been 'maturing' somewhere for the last seven years! A smoked Saison. Thin, sour and smoky.
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - RIP - Russian Imperial Porter12.50Not TriedAn ancient cask, dusted down from somewhere.
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Northern Monk - Eternal Session IPA4.10Not Tried
Track - Made in the Shade5.60Not Tried
26 Nov 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon quietness.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Stop the Train6.90ExcellentFrom key-keg. Another cracking NEIPA from Howling Hops. Amarillo and Mosaic hops for lots of orange and stone fruit flavours. Plus some bitterness on the finish.
Cromarty - Rogue Wave 5.70GoodUS hop flavours.
Tring - Death or Glory7.20Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried

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About The Cock Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional15
Excellent187
Good90
Acceptable28
Poor1

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 124 times, seen 426 different beers and tried 269 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ