The Fighting Cocks Public House

4.4
138 reviews
£25 and under
British
Fine ales and good food await you at The Fighting Cocks. We're a two minute walk from Audley End Station, situated on the edge of the historic village of Wendens Ambo.
The pub has changed a bit over the years since the first reopening on its current site circa 1865. The original pub was located some 500 yards away by the Old Forge in Wendens Ambo and was demolished to make way for the railway. In those days we are told the pub was called “Ye cock in ye hole”
Since taking over in June 2014, we have made some changes of our own to improve the pub. One was changing the pub opening ours. So no more hit and miss, we are open daily
What 138 People Are Saying
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RobertW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here many times, perfect as always, great food.

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AlisonC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal, really good steak. Shame you ran out of the pie but just proves how popular it was !!
Interesting selection of specials on offer as well.

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Kas0103
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a super Sunday lunch, could not fault it - excellent service from the lovely young staff; hot, tasty and well-cooked food; reasonably priced, what’s not to like? We loved it and will definitely go back again. We will not hesitate to recommend the Fighting Cocks to our friends and family!

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MarkW
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We struck out on the noise front: three large parties, two of whom were on the bottomless (?) Prosecco menu. Oh well: at least a busy pub/restaurant is less likely to close forever!
Staff very polite and friendly, food very good.

JM
JennyM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, service wasn't the quickest and the bar was a bit cold, but despite that we had a great time. Would defiantly go back, just with a thicker jumper on!

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DaveS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had booked lunch for four of us at 1pm. When we arrived the place was deserted. Just two bar staff and us. The service was good, but I'd rate the choice and quality of food as very average.

Halfway through our meal, several locals turned up and started playing pool at the other end of the bar. Other than that, the place was devoid of any ambience and it was all rather disappointing.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Sundsy lunch. Very nice it was too. This was our 2nd visit and it won't be the last !. The Service was great and the food matched the service. Nothing was too much trouble. We will return.

JM
JosephineM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was inedible..
Chicken tagine was dry as a bone burger was dry and tasteless fish and chips a soggy mess and steak which was supposed to be medium was bloody at 1 end and grey at the other..
Wanted to try it as was looking for a venue for a Christmas night out but will definitely not be going there..

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MarkD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to take my mum and dad out for his 86th biRthday meal. Food was excellent, service fantastic, extremely polite and accommodating staff especially in light of some rather unusual requests from my parents.
Beer was good too, perfect pint of Young’s.

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Rara
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Nice staff, food was reasonable, but it's a tiny room, and our table for two was bang in the middle with people squeezing past, the bar was almost at elbow range and there was no privacy for an intimate chat between friends who haven't seen each other for a while. The manner and attentiveness of the staff did make up for it to a large degree, the chap behind the bar and the waitresses that served us were all absolutely delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this restaurant via Open Table. Had never been there before and was pleasantly surprised. The service provided by the staff was exceptional. They couldn’t do enough for us. We had a Vegetarian in the group who is very particular about what they will eat and the waitress and chef went above and beyond by providing a meal solution which was not on any menu.

The food served was of a very high quality and I am ashamed to admit I ate more than I should.

Highly recommended.

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Drumspipes
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great value and overall very enjoyable

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TonyK
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of Gluten Free and excellent service

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Purple
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very good food that we had, however not enough choice of dishes also on OpenTable the menu was much more varied to what was actually on their menu also the prices were lower that was actually on the menu at the pub.

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Camaleon
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice Pub, excellent food. The day of the visit was slightly noisy. Not a Pub owners fault

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Chloe
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The Sunday roast at The Fighting Cocks was good but the service was very slow.

CL
ChristineL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu great friendly service would highly recommend a visit

CJ
CarrieJ
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. Food was wonderful as was the service. My 11 year old said "I love this places vibe" and I tend to agree with him.
This was our first visit but it won't be our last. Thanks 😁

HJ
HelenJ
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely staff. Chose this pub from online reviews and was not disappointed. Will visit again. Was perfect for catch up with friends. Extensive gluten free menu. Really good

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday treat. Fuzz Friday good value for money. Staff attentive and constantly refilling glass!

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Jules
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu choices.
Delicious dishes x 4 very generous portions.
Very friendly staff.
Lovely large outdoor space.

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vipBeccyT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A great find, lovely food - healthy portion sizes and attentive staff

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FaronH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is superb, just a shame the car park looks, like war zone.

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MikeH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quaint country pub, nice food and pleasant friendly service. Sadly as I was driving I could not sample the ale.

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LesleyP
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and lovely attentive staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Excellent choice on both the standard menu and the two/three course fixed price menu.

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AlisonC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch, good choice of gluten free dishes on the menu.

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Janie
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very drab decor, very much in need of a refurb. It was a very warm the day we visited and no windows were open. Service was very poor, we waited over an hour for main course to arrive despite the place being almost empty and then had to ask several times for water, desert etc. Coffee machine broke down And despite saying it was no problem not to have the coffee they eventually bought some very poor Luke warm coffee. The waiting staff were all very pleasant when they did come to the table but stood around chatting behind the bar most of the time. This is all a shame because the food was good.

JA
JACKIE
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We booked a table for 9 on Father’s Day and although some of our family were over half an hour late, it wasn’t a problem. We received Good food and great service.

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TonyK
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service and enjoyable atmosphere and food

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always at the Fighting Cocks. A warm welcome from Marie, friendly and attentive waitress and barman. Our food was tasty and freshly cooked. Good value for money. We will be back!

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DawnC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Sunday roast and outstanding gluten free choices!

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PaulC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The main oven was out of action the day we visited for lunch, but they still accommodated not only the two of us who had booked but another five who tagged along. We were warned that the food would take longer than usual, but we were not in a hurry and had a pleasant relaxing meal in the sunny garden. The Figthing Cocks ale is highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second visit - amazing! Huge gluten free selection which is freshly cooked and very tasty. The managers make the overall experience so enjoyable, they are welcoming and accommodating at all times!

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RobertaR
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a couple of times. Always accommodating towards our grandchildren and they are all very polite and helpful. Will definitely be going back and very soon.

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Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was best we have had out, well made and delicious. Waiting staff knowledgeable about menu. Will be back to try other dishes

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DavidP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very disappointed, limited menu ordered ham egg and chips, they didn't have any eggs. Lasgne alternative was far too crispy and made me wonder how long it had been hanging around. Far better pub food is available, unfortunately not here.

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Glyn
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at The Fighting Cocks are always excellent, we welcome their new lunch-time menu with its fixed prices for 2 or 3 courses. We will remain regular visitors to this lovely country pub.

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Deb123
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fourth time of dining here and never disappointed. Lovely, freshly cooked food from an extensive menu. Better than your average pub grub. Really good value. Service and atmosphere always excellent too. Highly recommend.

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SallyM
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Relaxed meal, good food. Slightly out of town but taxis seem reasonable. Bar area opens into restaurant area.

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PWallis68
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not what I expected to be honest , a small pub/ gastro on the main road. Pub itself is small and felt that tables were too close , we were put in the middle next to another two seater table and didn’t enjoy the close proximity of the table setting.
Dinner was ok , a combo roast meat platter that was hot and tasty.
Garden area could do with a spruce up and the busy road detracts from the ambience

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The Fighting Cocks Public House is rated 4.4 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

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