The Cock Inn

4.3
220 reviews
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  • Cosy
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
The Cock Inn is a 17th century pub, in the heart of St Albans, with beamed ceilings, wooden floors, log fire in the winter and relaxing garden for warmer days, in addition to a very friendly welcome from our outstanding staff.

Our Head Chef, creates regularly changing seasonal menus, using the best seasonal produce, sourced locally whenever possible. We offer a superb value lunch and dinner menu, bar snacks menu, outstanding Sunday menu and daily changing Specials menu.

The lunch menu, available Monday to Saturday, is £13.95 for 2 courses and £15.95 for 3 courses. The dinner menu, available Monday to Saturday, is £16.95 for 2 courses and £18.95 for 3 courses. The best value in St Albans we think! Our Sunday menu offers a choice of roasts and other delicious main dishes and is available 12pm until 8pm. Booking is highly recommended as 'Best Sunday roast in St Albans' is often quoted!

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Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Father’s Day meal. Everyone enjoyed the food. The only misstep was the crumble that my son had for dessert as I think it was a more adult version of a crumble than he was expecting. From that perspective I would say they don’t particularly cater for children but this didn’t really impact our enjoyment.

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j
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I missed step into restaurant and fell heavily hitting my forehead on wooden chair back. in doing so I wrenched my back, which is still painful.
May I suggest painting step edge to alert customers to hazard?
Health and safety precaution?

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S
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service excellent. Would highly recommend.

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K
Hertfordshire
27 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another lovely meal at the Cock Inn. great food and service. Thank you to Catherine for sorting out the voucher. Dining out in St Albans I would not go anywhere else.

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GC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the second time we have been to the Dock and on both occasions we had a delicious meal. Thank you

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very much enjoyed our meal with friends pre concert. Need to mention the charming and very efficient waitress— don’t know her name but she was from Lithuania.
Also just to say my name is Pat not Frank( that’s my husband) but it was booked on my name !!?

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RP
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a table, turned up to be told the restaurant was closed. Bobbins!

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CG
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday Roasts, lovely old pub. A favorite! Been here about 5 times now and it never disappoints. Bookings essential as it's popular

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G
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very good service, food very reasonably priced, bit noisy

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NE
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We were particularly impressed with the care of the staff... they found out the name of the song and recording artist playing in the background for my husband as well as offering to move some flowers when I started sneezing due to a hay fever attack. Thank you!

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall an excellent dining experience. Food, service and atmosphere were all great. Just the toilet facilities need improving to ensure a perfect 5 star experience!

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JG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a good gastro pub. It offers everything you would expect in a pub; with a menu that is varied in selection. The food is of a quality that you would struggle to find in many restaurants for the same cost. An excellent venue for a formal/informal evening...

I return often!!!

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MN
Hertfordshire
13 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was the best meal I've had in St Albans so far. Delicious! I highly recommend!

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f
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday lunch, service was excellent (Catherine).

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MC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Sunday Roast.

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HL
London
16 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always first class HOT food and fabulous staff.
This place is my home from home dining
Thank you ALL x

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MH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I booked the restaurant after being taken there myself a month ago and being very impressed. My second visit was with a friend of many years standing and the restaurant didn't disappoint in any regard.
Great food, very friendly, helpful staff, relaxing ambience. Highly recommended.

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CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday Roast. Attentive and friendly service from Cathryn our waitress. She made our experience excellent! Great seeIng and hearing all the locals catching up. Would recommend.

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DM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice Sunday lunch in a nice environment. The menu choices were good with plenty of options for a Sunday roast and other mains. The roast dinner was excellent. I will certainly be going back for food at The Cock!

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OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff and great food that is great value for money

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub with a great menu and perfectly cooked food. would definitely recommend.

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RW
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came here for Mother's Day lunch and had a very pleasant time. The food was tasty and the service was good. Only negative was my Mum asked for her beef to be super well done (burnt!) and it came out red so it had to be sent back. Apart from that, all was good. A cosy pub and a real fire - brilliant.

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JG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food we had was an excellent quality. The service could have been slightly more attentive. Price was slightly higher than expected.

Only negative, the tables were rather on top of each other, not helping with the service and making moving around the pub awkward.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Despite being “sold the last table for 1200” we were the only people there for lunch and the place never filled. Probably the fault of the app not the venue. Superb service throughout with genuine concern for our experience. Great food if a little too al debate for my taste on the veg. Great value wines and superb attention to detail way above that expected from a pub.

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OT
Los Angeles
93 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have been coming here since 2011 and it's nice to come back to St. Albans and still find that some things haven't changed. Great food. Friendly service. We had great starters and delicious food. My wife's meat pie was a bit overcooked, but they were so conscientious about it they took it off the check. Will recommend this place to anyone, anytime.

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EP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend requested a starter not on the Sunday menu and the cook fulfilled her request. She was delighted. The food was delicious . We had the Sunday roast which is a good size. Very filling. We had a super afternoon. The service was excellent.

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FB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to have a traditional Sunday roast and was not disappointed. It was absolutely delicious!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Adventurous chef. The food is usually very good and sometimes exceptional.

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HF
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

lovely food. Courteous service. Pleasing décor. ……..

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GC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely informal setting to eat great food - - we had a wonderful evening

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Unusually, one of the main courses was not good. Profuse apologies from the manager and full refund; handled very well.

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PB
Hertfordshire
18 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We dined on a Monday evening so quite quiet but the food more than made up for it. We all had the set menu which is amazing value. I had the bubble and squeak with poached egg and bacon for starters and it was delicious. I had the main course of beef and ale pie which was lovely and despite being pretty full(portions are quite generous) I had to make room for the pavlova.
Would recommend whole heartedly

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JA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sunday roast! Really cosy pub with a lovely fireplace, looking forward to come back soon.

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SD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch. Good value for money, good food and friendly service. Would definitely go back and would recommend to friends.

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a
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely Sunday Roast (even for a Vegetarian), kids size portions as well. Generous amount of meat and veg... 😋

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HN
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked Sunday Lunch, as St Albans is mid way between us and some friends. Only available table was at 3.30pm, must have been busy. Meal and service good, Adnams Gost Ship was a plus, waiters very friendly and efficient. Sunday lunch had several roasts on offer which were all very good, well the beef and lamb were, no others were tried. We were not rushed and left after about 3 hours which gave us plenty of time to catch up.

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OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was attended to immediately and shown to our reserved table. Fast service and great atmosphere, friendly professional staff makes the dining experience all the better. I’ve been here many times & continue to do so. Highly recommend dining here

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RD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food. The service was great. Will definitely be visiting again.

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RT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent meal - as always! never felt rushed with the meal so many thanks

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent evening, excellent food, the only thing that maybe lacked a little was the service, we were right in the corner so probably a little difficult to get to, which is maybe why we were left to our own devices for the meal, other than ordering/bringing the food and paying the bill. That said, the waitresses were lovely so can’t really complain!

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