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The Cock Tavern (Gray & Sons)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Truman's - BlindsideExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent1
Harvey's - IPAExcellent1
Dark Revolution - AtomicGood1
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, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Ongar (or Chipping Ongar), Essex
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentAll the expected Harveys expectations!
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also 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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent3
Good1
Acceptable3
Poor-

Website.

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 6 times, seen 15 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CM5 9AB