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The Cock Tavern (Gray & Sons)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - IPAExcellent1
Truman's - BlindsideExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent1
Dark Revolution - AtomicGood1
Elgood's - Primates of the CaribbeanGood1
Elgood's - Beer GogglesAcceptable1
Mighty Oak - HoodwinkAcceptable1
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Stour Valley GoldAcceptable1
Harbour - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)Not Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Deverell's - DarksideNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Priory MildNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Viper (Mighty Oak) - Jake the SnakeNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Ongar (or Chipping Ongar), Essex
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

24 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon on Sunday and the pub is quiet.
Elgood's - Primates of the Caribbean5.00GoodA dark Best Bitter. Fruity and a little bit spicy.
Viper (Mighty Oak) - Jake the Snake4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
01 Dec 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime a few at the bar and a group dining. Second stop today whilst on a turnaround of the X21 Upminster to Ongar route, a few others I recognised from the bus had the same idea as me.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentAll the expected Harveys expectations!
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
09 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime visit and I find an old friend, Ron A, at one of the tables. My run of bad luck regarding beer quality at this pub continues.
Elgood's - Beer Goggles5.00AcceptableA bland-tasting Golden Ale in dull condition.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Priory Mild3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
13 May 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and a couple of groups leaving as I arrive, a few locals left around the bar area engaged in rather loud conversation.
Harvey's - IPA3.50ExcellentAll the flavours I expected in spot on nick too. £3.40pp for the thrifty minded.
Truman's - Blindside4.30ExcellentSurprisingly good, fruity rich and hoppy golden ale @ £3.60 a pint for the thrifty minded.
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Deverell's - Darkside4.80Not Tried
02 Dec 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Busy late afternoon at this drinkers pub. Seating was a choice of tables or leather sofas around a centrally located log fire.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Stour Valley Gold4.20AcceptableMalty with a slight sour kick, unsure if it's meant to taste like that.
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)3.00Not Tried
27 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon and quiet. I planned a longer visit than last week’s, but didn’t enjoy my pint and decided to explore further down the high street.
Mighty Oak - Hoodwink4.30AcceptableI enjoyed this beer a couple of weeks ago, but this was a bit rough and ever so slightly sour. Just about acceptable
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Dark Revolution - Atomic3.80Not Tried
21 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I found I had 15 minutes or two hours to wait for a bus at the stop opposite (I really should check these things in advance), so this was a rather brief visit to what is clearly a very decent boozer.
Dark Revolution - Atomic3.80GoodA cloudy, golden, fruity Pale Ale.
Harbour - India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Hoodwink4.30Not Tried

About The Cock Tavern

The pub sign. The Cock Tavern, Ongar (or Chipping Ongar), Essex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Ongar (or Chipping Ongar), Essex, CM5 9AB.

A Grade II-listed, weatherboarded pub on the high street in Chipping Ongar. Inside there is a single room, with low ceiling and wooden beams. There is a real fire in season, and a couple of outside benches. Has a good reputation for its real ales.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 17 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CM5 9AB