The Fighting Cocks Public House

4.3
118 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Lunch
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
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J
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BT
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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FH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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MH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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LP
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

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JA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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TK
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, attentive service and enjoyable atmosphere and food

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KC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Fantastic Sunday roast and outstanding gluten free choices!

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RR
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

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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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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SM
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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PW
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

Excellent food, reasonable prices and friendly service

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

great food
great staff
lovely little garden in the sunshine
indoors lacks a little ambience if going for dinner / lunch. but everything else makes up for it
dog friendly

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S
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, reasonable service. Garden reasonable (in February!) but for the busy road and (large) slightly untidy car park.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service and a pleasant atmosphere, what more could you ask for?

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Ribs were moist, cheesecake was amazing! Decently quiet, but not abandoned. Staff is incredibly cordial and welcoming. Will be back!

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PA
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I booked the restaurant based on good reviews on line and we were not disappointed. Two of us had the ribs, one had the meat pudding and one had the Sunday roast. The meals were all fresh, appetizing to look at, very tasty and very filling. Despite that my friend and I both had the sticky toffee pudding for dessert while the ladies shared theirs (a honeycomb cheesecake?) All the desserts were great. Sadly, the coffee machine broke down so we were not able to enjoy a coffee though doubtless it would have been as good as the rest of the meal! The staff were excellent, being helpful, friendly and efficient. Definitely a great find and one to visit again when we go to Saffron Walden.

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JB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My dining experience was mixed, some people had an enjoyable meal, however, I did not enjoy my rib eye steak as it was very stringey and very under done even though I had asked for it to be cooked ‘medium’. I did mention this to staff who offered me a free dessert-I took up their offer and had the 3 mini desserts which were lovely.

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L
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal on Saturday. Very attentive staff, enjoyed all three courses especially my honeycomb cheese cake. Best liqueur brandy coffee I've had for ages as well. We will be back.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely Sunday roast, highly recommend, great choice on the menu, we will return as many things I want to try

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JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was lovely. The only downfall was that the heating wasn't on ! It was a freezing night and we did feel cold during our meal. I did mention to staff as we paid.

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e
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good but the friendly young man who served us excellent he was p[olite and helpful

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Sunday roast in this lovely family pub.

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply love this place. Right from our first visit The Landlord and Landlady made a point of introducing themselves. Warm welcomes ever since. Food is fantastic especially as my friend is a veggie and she loves the nut roast.
A great selection on the menu not limited to roasts. Something for everyone, easy to book online and the wine is exquisite. Yums alround

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p
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Sunday lunch last weekend. Food was excellent, service couldn't be faulted - young staff but very attentive. Would certainly recommend to others. Plan to come back again ourselves.

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a
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, good service and great atmosphere. Booked this after visiting Audley End Train Christmas Experience with my husband, daughter, son in law and 2 year old grand daughter. We arrived earlier than our booking time as it was a very cold day, but were made to feel very welcome. We will be back-soon!

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C
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Go for the 'Fizz on Friday' - lovely way to start the weekend.

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JA
Essex
13 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Simple food presented well

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M
London
89 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This was our third visit. Not as good as previous visits but still ok. Friendly owner but rest of service had been much better previously and food took a long time to arrive. The two Sunday Roasts were nice and good value. The ribs and chips were nice but didn’t have much bbq glaze. We asked for some bbq sauce to go with the ribs and got a small pot for two people. When this was gone we asked for more and were told they’d have to check as they were running out. An even smaller pot cake out than the first pot. Why serve bbq ribs with little to no glaze/sauce. The ribs are nice but at £16.95 they are towards the upper end of why you should be paying for that cut. It was louder than previous visits but we’ll probably try it again as other visits had been better.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch and definitely recommend the desserts!

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MM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service, only let down was the limited number of dishes available, the creme brulee only had one available and another table ordered it before we got to dessert.

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