Cock & Dragon, Cockfosters

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
So this is what's at the end of the Piccadilly Line... we had half expected the terminus at Cockfosters to be marked by a waterfall a la the edge of the world, so I suppose we should look on this pub and restaurant first with relief rather than anything else. It might not be worth a journey from west London for but this place does have a certain charm. It's helped by a walk from the tube station that's almost rural England in miniature (Church, overgrown graveyard, Cricket ground) and the striking initial view you get of the pub (not often we've seen a pub with a clock tower). From the exterior we thought we'd stumbled across a polo club, and a sense of grandeur is carried on in the bar - all mock country house leather chairs, family crests and wooden walls. Luckily, the fare on offer is a match for the interior. There's a good supply of ales on tap and some fine Thai food to go along with them (though note, kitchen's closed between 2.30pm and 6pm). Not really the sort of place for a Big Night Out, but once you get settled into one of the armchairs here you'll find it very difficult to leave.
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10 Jul 2011
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
In an area with few alternatives (in fact I think this is now the the only pub in Cockfosters / Oakwood), you might expect The Cock to rest on it's laurels due to lack of competition. However, apart from the fact that quality of experience can be variable and it definitely goes through good and bad patches, this is still a great pub.
Good selection of ales (always well kept), lagers and bar snacks. There is a Thai restaurant attached (used to be fantastic back in the day, but is now pretty average) which doesn't intrude on the country-style pub, but enables you to buy platters, stir fries and curries if you are peckish. The interior is great with sofas and leather armchairs. There is a great beer garden for the summer and an open fire in the winter. Families are welcome, but I never seen any badly behaved kids. They sell second hand books with all proceeds going charity. They even have quiz machine and have installed a TV for the football!
The only downsides really are that it some of the drinks can be pricey, and occasionally staff can be a bit mardy / unhelpful - however, when we were leaving the pub the other day and it started to rain the manager went round the back and gave us a brolly from lost property. Now that's service!
For anyone in North London, a great day out is a trip to Trent Park followed by an afternoon in the Cock and Dragon.
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24 Aug 2009
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This is definitely the best pub around, well in the Barnet / Potters Bar area at least - great staff, excellent service and lovely bar food at a reasonable price. Drink prices can't compete with the likes of JD Wetherspoon but the difference is that you get a decent drink in a local pub with a great atmosphere. And it's the little touches that make a huge difference - the bottled beers are always perfectly cold and every drink seems to be served in the right glass!

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Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, London, EN4 9HU
020 8449 7160
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