The Cock Inn

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236 reviews
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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
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 set menu, bar snacks menu, outstanding Sunday menu and daily changing Specials menu.

Our set menu, available Monday to Saturday, is £15 for 2 courses and £18 for 3 courses at lunch; £20 for 2 courses and £23 for 3 courses at dinner with a 20% discount available Monday to Thursday evening. 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!

What 236 People Are Saying
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LA
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect apart from the toilets! One of the two toilets didn’t have a toilet seat which I thought was poor.

MW
Hertfordshire
15 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely young lady serving us who was very helpful. The Cock's menu is small but good quality, and I was able to find some delicious gluten-free options – the pub will happily adapt to suit as far as possible. Two of us had the halibut which was simply superb. I'd forgotten how enjoyable the Cock was, so will happily return for future dining.

J
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Friendly and efficient ‘this is the best burger I have ever eaten’ said my son!

P
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal and good vslue

TL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A short menu but constantly changed.
Interesting combinations. I had belly pork with black pudding and apple jus.

KS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic sunday lunch with daughter and grandson - great food and excellent service, wonderful hospitality and ambience casual while not too pub grub - balance just riight for our taste - would really recomend.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Think this is the best value in St Albans. But very noisy on a Friday evening.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The 2 roast dinners were excellent. I would have given 5 stars but the sticky toffee pudding crust was a bit hard - sorry! Excellent service too. We'll be back.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food and really good value for money. Highly recommend anyone to go.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends, food was fab! Service was a little slow but that worked for us because we were in no rush and just enjoying the lovely meal. Would highly recommend.

KM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband treated me to lunch on my birthday. I love the intimate feeling of the dining area here. The food was tasty & arrived quickly, which is vital at lunchtime. The waitress was very good but could have done with more help, as she was doing everything without assistance, except towards the very end when another staff member cleared & set a table. If it had been busier I think she may have struggled to keep the service efficient. I would always recommend The Cock as an enjoyable dining experience.

DP
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, with great service and overall very good value for money. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

FM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Not up to usual standard. Maybe it was time of day (sat down Sunday at 5:30). Roast beef, lamb, fried fish and roasties were over-cooked. Everything else perfectly cooked and delicious. Especially the gravy. Romanian Pinot noir was yummy. Shame because it’s usually superb, so will still be recommending and returning 😊

AS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch, which was reasonably priced, and good service

HL
London
20 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff, food and venue superb
Portions generous and the Pims was amazing sooo moreish Thank you

OT
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.

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?

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

Food was delicious and service excellent. Would highly recommend.

K
Hertfordshire
28 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.

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

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 !!?

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!

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

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

Very good service, food very reasonably priced, bit noisy

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!

OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok sounded nicer than it was

K
London
2 reviews
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!

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!!!

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!

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

Great Sunday lunch, service was excellent (Catherine).

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

Great Sunday Roast.

HL
London
20 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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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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