Cock Tavern [Hackney](Howling Hops) | Hackney, Greater London
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Cock Tavern [Hackney](Howling Hops)
Excellent based on 42 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

315 Mare Street, Hackney
Hackney, Greater London England E8 1EJ [ print map ]
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Hours: Mon-Sat 1200-0100; Sun 1200-2230


Mayor: Theydon_Bois (84) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 10-12


Cock Tavern [Hackney](Howling Hops)

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Beer Available At Cock Tavern [Hackney](Howling Hops) (arranged by most recent)
Howling Hops Mild Ale (Single Hop Special) 48, Howling Hops India Saison , Howling Hops Pale Ale Number 1 , Howling Hops Amber US Special 46, Howling Hops Summer 37, Howling Hops Pale Ale Number 6 44, Howling Hops Pale XX Superior No.6 57, Howling Hops IPA Black No. 1 , Howling Hops XX CCC , Howling Hops Pale Ale Number 10 , Howling Hops Pale XX Superior No.3 78, Orbit NEU , Founders Porter 100, Howling Hops Raspberry Sour , The Kernel Pale Ale Amarillo Zeus Simcoe 94, Green Valley Devon Farm Cyder - Sweet , Siren / Cigar City / Grassroots Neither 98, Howling Hops / Three Friends Saison 76, Howling Hops 1914 AK 46, Howling Hops Farmhouse Saison (Saaz/Tettnang/Mittlefruh) 32
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42 reviews for Cock Tavern [Hackney](Howling Hops)
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  81%
 Selection  82%
 Food  70%
 Value  77%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  93%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (694) London, England | December 1, 2012| Updated July 5, 2014
An old fashioned street corner pub, now a brewpub, with a great range of beers.
The inside of the Cock has been knocked through and it’s quite spacious but plain inside, with a white tiled back to the bar. It has a similar atmosphere to the Southampton Arms (its sister pub), the same sort of basic food (pork pies, roast pork or cheese baps and scotch eggs) and a similarly good range of beers, all of which were in good condition when we visited. (Last visited 6 June 2014).
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (620) The ’Sham, England | April 13, 2013| Updated April 14, 2014
Visited on 30/03/13 after a short 6 or 7 minutes walk from the London Fields Tap. Trad old boozer with an L shaped bar, we arrived at around 4.30/5 pm on a Saturday and only bagged a table because some folks were just getting up to leave as we came back from the bar. Mixed group of punters in here, age ranges, etc - all making for a good vibe. Service was good also, no idle chit chat they just got on with the job of dispensing good beer! Tap for Howling Hops and as such theire beers dominate the line up but other London micros are on offer in the form of Alpha State and Beavertown amongst others on this visit. Howling Hops bottles available to drink in or take away, my only gripe on this front is that they charge the same price for take away where as up the road at London Fields take away bottles were about £1 less when compared to drink in! Great boozer none the less and one worth heading out to. Pembury Tavern is also not too far away, and the William IV (Brodies) is about 15 or so minutes away on the bus. Hackney Central (LOROL) is just over the road.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (613) London, England | December 20, 2012
Right, so if I ever opened a pub, I would want it to look like the Cock Tavern. I love the aesthetic here. Lots of bare wood, some tiling behind the bar, salvaged furniture...I love it. This place is the flagship pub for Howling Hops beers and I love coming in here to try them. The ’brewery’ is housed in the pub basement, incidentally. The quality of the HH beers seems to have improved since their inception, and the quality of the cask conditioning at the pub also seems to have become better with time. The selection of beers beyond the HH line is usually quite impressive, and highlights mostly local breweries, especially Brodies, The Kernel and East London. The pub also maintains an oddly extensive range of cask ciders, usually around six or so. The prices here are good and the staff both friendly and efficient. The pub has a modest range of snacks and pub grub. I’ve had the pickled egg, which I wholeheartedly recommend. I really like this pub and, while it is a destination in itself, it is walking distance from a handful of other fine drinkeries, among them London Fields Brewery tap room, Duke’s Brew and Cue, and Baxter’s Court. Get thee to Hackney.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Fin  (544) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 4, 2013
Loz and I visited here on Sat 2nd March 2013. I must say this place was a cracker, it had a really nice feel to it and the beer selection was simply stunning. It is situated close to the overground line and only 7-10 mins walk from London Fields Tap Room where we went first. You enter from a door on the corner of the building and the bar is a large L shaped affair in front of you down the right hand side is handpumps (12+) on the foot of the L sort of ahead of you to the left is the keg taps, We had Brodies/Mikkeller Mofu Stout, Magic Rock Big Top, Howling Hops Chocolate Stout, Brodies London Sour, Brodies Dalston Black IPA, Kernel Citra IPA all were very good the Brodies Sour and Dalston Black IPA were my favourites though. The food range is limited to snacking, so expect pork pies, pickled eggs, nuts, snacking salami etc, we had Pickled eggs, crisps and pork crackling. The two staff were really pleasant (busy) and helpful to people choosing. Its got a nice feel about this place, with a good mix of people, simply furnished, wooden floors throughout. I really liked this place and will make efforts to get here again.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub  (499) Banbury, England | November 21, 2012
Went to this pub on a Sunday afternoon in November, it sits at a busy junction in a slightly run down area. There is a great deal of effort in making a go of this, it is slightly shabby inside but comfortable enough and friendly. I like the feel of it and there is certainly a lot of cider available if that is your bag. It will never be The Southampton but it is certainly worth a visit.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (494) Burnaby, British Columbia | August 6, 2014
Nice good sized corner pub. Lots to drink and the usual pub fare, precise are pretty compatible and service is decent. Beer list is extensive, with their own and many more. Pretty good.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Rune  (404) Tromsø, Norway | August 3, 2014
Great medium-sized brewpub in Hackney, home of the Howling Hops beers “ brewed in the basement right below your feet”. I stayed here for almost three hours early on a Sunday afternoon and had a great drinking time. Nine of their own ales were available added by guest beers from London breweries like Five Points and Brodies, among others. Altogether there were 16 hand-pumps, including five devoted to ciders, and furthermore eight on kegs. Some of their own beers are on bottles to take away. Dark wooden interior, sparesley decorated, and with a large L-shaped bar. Classic rock music in the background (Iggy, Jonathan Richman etc). Friendly and informative service – thanks for serving me ales in thirds. I used buss no.30 from Kings Cross (about 15 minutes), it is also quite possible to walk from the nearest tube station, being Bethnal Green (visited 13.07.2014 as the first part of one of my best days in London, ever).
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey  (403) Croydon, England | December 16, 2012
The Cock Tavern is a stripped-back old corner boozer located deep in Hackney. The interior is traditional with a contemporary edge to it. The beer selection is rather impressive indeed – a wide range of bottles, Keg and cask which covers all the best British Microbreweries. Think along the lines of Kernel, Brodies, Magic Rock and Thornbridge. This place also has its own beers under the name Howling Hops which seem to be getting better each time I visit. A cider lover will not be left out here with about six options on cask. Snacks cover the likes of pies and pickled eggs. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. A great addition to the London beer scene.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
jackl  (403) Charlottesville, Virginia | October 8, 2012| Updated January 25, 2013
Yet Another Update: The house beers have improved quite a bit since the initial batches. I now actually look forward to trying the house beers when I visit. I still wish they served less cider.

UPDATE: I’ve been to this place a few times since its opened, and have now been able to try some of their house beers. The house beers range from decent (chocolate stout) to amateurish (gold). Taste before you buy. On my last visit, 8 of the 16 casks were serving cider. The place still retains a slightly rundown but friendly vibe.

Original review: The Cock Tavern is an excellent new brewpub located near Hackney Central station. It’s located on the site of an old Truman’s pub, and the exterior has been wonderfulyl restored to show off the original tiled advertisements. Inside, the pub has kept an old-school aesthetic. The ceiling is patterned, the polished wood long bar is grand, the wood panelling seems aincent. This lends to a relaxed vibe not dissimilar to The Southampton Arms. There’s no music or TVs, only beer and conversation. The beer selection is excellent. The pub is home to Howling Hops brewery. Unfortunately no house beers were available on my visit, but they’re to feature prominently in the future. There’s 16 casks. Seasonals from Marble (rare for London) and Thronbridge featured alongside stuff such as East London Brewery and Red Squirrel. 3 ciders and perries were on offer too. There’s 8 keg selections on offer. Keg beers included Redchurch Hoxton Stout, beers from the Tempest, Kernel, and Camden. This was a very well curated tap line up. The bottle selection is small, but there was stuff from Brodie’s, The Kernel, and Redchurch available. It seems this pub’s looking to embrace local London beer, something I fully support. The service was very good. This pub’s only a few days old, and they’re obviously still working to improve the place. For instance, the seating looks temporary, and the bathrooms need a bit of fixing. With that said, this place is already high on my list of best pubs in London. Strongly recommended.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Brugmansia  (392) Jylland, Denmark | August 22, 2012
Visited this pub 5/8-2012, on a nice pubcrawl with some friends. Very classic cornerpub from the outside, buth coming into the pub, it´s clear that this one is a bit speciel - 24 taps, not every pub has that many :-) Cosy atmosphere, friendly staff, that knows their stuff. Many of the beers are from the local brewerys around London. Didn´t do food, but a few bar snacks. Being close to the Overground it´s very easy to get this nice place..

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