PubsandBeer

History: Home > The Cock Tavern

The Cock Tavern (Freehouse)

[More Visits]

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale Exceptional1
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)Excellent1
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter Excellent1
Boxcar - PAL-021 DDH Pale Enigma Excellent1
Short Stack - Keller PilsExcellent1
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 Excellent1
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Folly Road 2018Excellent1
Wander Beyond - LorisExcellent1
Cromarty - Brewed AwakeningExcellent1
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Stupid Sexy Suffolk (Blend 2)Excellent1
Short Stack - Table Beer (Vic Secret, Ella)Excellent1
Buxton - Axe 'X'Excellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
Big Smoke - Solaris Session PaleExcellent1
Heavy Industry - Iron Fist Velvet GloveExcellent1
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk StoutExcellent1
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Big HiyuGood1
Track - Made in the ShadeGood1
Park - White StoutGood1
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale Good1
Buxton - Big ClawGood1
Five Points - XPAGood1
Box Social - Hybrid TheoryAcceptable1
Moor - So'HopNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPANot Tried0
Hobsons - Best BitterNot Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Burning Sky - AuroraNot Tried0
Cromarty - Ghost Town Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical DeluxeNot Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Hobsons - Champion MildNot Tried0
Cromarty - WhiteoutNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner AleNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Truman's - SwiftNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - The Ego Has LandedNot Tried0
Truman's - LazarusNot Tried0
Truman's - ZephyrNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Truman's - FirestarterNot Tried0
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter RevivalNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Five O'Clock ShadowNot Tried0
Track - SonomaNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Milk ShakeNot Tried0
Marble - Manchester BitterNot Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

14 Mar 2019 (Stephen Harris)
It's the monthly cheese night tonight and the featured breweries have both supplied only keg beers. So for once I give the handpumps a rest.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Folly Road 20185.80ExcellentWild yeast beer from keg. Zero carbonation. A lot of red wine barrel character.
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Stupid Sexy Suffolk (Blend 2)6.50ExcellentFrom keg. A Flemish Red style beer- blended from 8 wild-ferementation barrels. Would not look at all out-of-place in Flanders.
Buxton - Axe 'X'6.80ExcellentSouped-up version of Axe Edge, from keg.
Buxton - Big Claw8.00GoodDIPA from keg. This one a bit fizzy.
Marble - Manchester Bitter4.20Not Tried
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80Not Tried
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk Stout5.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
11 Mar 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and not too crowded.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80ExcellentVery nice. Light, crisp and hoppy.
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk Stout5.00ExcellentSweet, chocolatey Milk Stout.
Short Stack - Keller Pils5.20ExcellentFrom keg. If only all English Lager tasted as good as this.
Marble - Manchester Bitter4.20Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
12 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Busy in the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Short Stack - Table Beer (Vic Secret, Ella)3.30ExcellentFrom a keg. The second beer from the latest brewing operation in the cellar here (I missed the first one). It is seriously murky. Pale gold and hop-filled.
Track - Made in the Shade5.60GoodA smooth, chocolatey Porter.
Box Social - Hybrid Theory3.50AcceptableHazy gold. Odd flavours that I could not identify. Not sure that I liked it very much.
Weird Beard - Five O'Clock Shadow6.90Not Tried
Track - Sonoma3.80Not Tried
Wiper and True - Milk Shake5.60Not Tried
02 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
It's very quiet in here tonight. I guess most pubs are on this date.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wiper and True - Milk Stout (Milk Shake)5.10ExcellentA cask version of this beer badged at 4.5%. Thick, creamy and sweet.
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Truman's - Firestarter4.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Beer Monkey Brew - Bitter Revival3.90Not Tried
27 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A brief stop.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heavy Industry - Iron Fist Velvet Glove5.70ExcellentA Stout with chocolate and sour cherry.
Truman's - Lazarus4.20Not Tried
Truman's - Zephyr4.40Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Chocolate Stout4.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
05 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Pub very busy with survivors from the nearby Pig’s Ear Beer Festival.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wander Beyond - Loris7.20ExcellentFrom a keg of some kind. Strong, crisp, fruity and tart.
Park - White Stout4.20GoodA golden-coloured Stout. Disturbing.
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Brewed Awakening4.70Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
Arbor Ales - The Ego Has Landed4.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
12 Nov 2018 (Stephen Harris)
An interesting evening here with four Cloudwater Brewery beers in cask – part of that brewery’s ‘cask relaunch’. The pub is packed for this, including many brewing industry faces, and apparently 250 pints of the Cloudwater beers are sold tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale 4.60ExceptionalSuperb, chocolaty Brown Ale. Ticks every box.
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter 5.30ExcellentA black Porter with a fruity/winey character. Suffers a little from being alongside the superb Brown Ale, but still excellent.
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 5.50ExcellentThis completely nails the soft, fuzzy, fruity NEIPA style.
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale 4.00GoodA comparatively routine Pale when considered alongside the other riches available tonight.
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
08 Nov 2018 (Stephen Harris)
After-work visit for a quick one stood at the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cromarty - Brewed Awakening4.70ExcellentIt is one of life’s little mysteries that I hate coffee as a drink, actively dislike coffee-flavoured chocolates, but really enjoy a good, dry Coffee Stout like this one.
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Cromarty - Whiteout3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
25 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet enough to find a table here. I commented that the pub smelt of joss sticks. Blank looks all around; apparently they are called incense sticks now.
BeerABVScoreNotes
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Big Hiyu5.70GoodA soft, murky gold thingy, but this one is bitter and has a strong alcohol kick.
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
Burning Sky - Aurora5.60Not Tried
Cromarty - Ghost Town 5.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Tropical Deluxe3.80Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried
19 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Having moved on from the Pembury Tavern, we found this pub also to be unusually crowded tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentI’m continuing to find this beer very much to my taste.
Boxcar - PAL-021 DDH Pale Enigma 5.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. Boxcar are building a very strong reputation locally, and this is a great hop showcase.
Five Points - XPA4.00GoodPale and sharply-hopped.
Moor - So'Hop4.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - House IPA6.90Not Tried

[More Visits]

About The Cock Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional13
Excellent162
Good79
Acceptable25
Poor-

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 99 times, seen 361 different beers and tried 229 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ