SAM SMITHS – COCK OF THE ROOST

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Five trains headed north from Archway to High Barnet before one eventually took me south to Goodge St. Why is that? Who’d want to go to Barnet?

Cock

This stretch of tourist London north of Hamleys is unknown territory for tickers and giggers,

What pre-emptive potential would the Cock hold ?

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More to the point, how much trouble would I get into for getting my mobile phone out ?

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Stop that man !

Quinno and Liberal James had bagged the seat nearest the door, an impressive achievement on a busy Friday night.

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If the Cock has ever been in the Guide it was before BRAPA first urinated on a public railway (Malton, 2001).

Any sensible person would have gone for the keg Stout.

Not me.

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OBB

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Quinno and James had been working their way round South London’s Sam Smith gems, having a different drink each time. They’re from Reading, which explains a lot.

My OBB was as good as you could hope for in central London; cool, rich and chewy (NBSS 3.5).

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I think we may have talked about Brexit, Rotherhithe and mobile phone bans.

I do know I went back to the bar to choose something they hadn’t had before.

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Those two bottles cost £11.70. Don’t feel guilty, lads.

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I had a taste of both. I might have even mixed them. Don’t @ me.

The Cherry beer may have cost more than a pie at the Etihad on a Tuesday but it was sensational.

He may be cantankerous but Humphrey still runs some marvellous pubs.

I’d had enough beer, but being London my gig didn’t start till 9pm, well after my bedtime.

So I did the tourist stuff for an hour, attempting to find food for less than a tenner within 500m of Oxford Circus.


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No good beer at the Social, but (yet) another pre-Brexit opportunity to see the wondrous Amber Arcades wish the UK goodbye before 31 October.

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The Dutch really do have all the best tunes, even if Humphrey has all the best pubs.

27 thoughts on “SAM SMITHS – COCK OF THE ROOST

    1. I was in the Cock last night en-route to The Social to see John Head (who was magnificent). I was sat on my own in a corner reading a kindle book on my iPad minding my own business. I was approached by a member of staff who, very politely, told me that I was not allowed to do that. I queried would it be all right to read a paperback. I was informed that indeed, this was acceptable, but I was reading via ‘tech’ and so not allowed.
      I supped up and went to the Social to finish my book.

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      1. Wow. You troublemaker you.

        I know brother Mick and the first Pal Fountains LP was up there with Swoon in 1984 but ashamed to say I don’t know John.

        The Social is tiny, isn’t it?

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      1. £3.50 ?
        it’s gone up 10p since I was in there sixteen months ago.

        “I think we may have talked about Brexit, Rotherhithe and mobile phone bans” but hasn’t Humphrey banned conversations about mobile phone bans ?

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    1. Dave,
      Yes Sam Smith’s OBB is quite an unusual beer, and there’s no harm in that.
      How did you think Sam Smiths in the Old Blue Bell compared with John Smiths a few minutes later in the Market Tap ?

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  1. Nice to see The Cock in there – the interior is almost as good as The Champion down the road.

    Good food for less than a tenner near Oxford Street? Should have gone to ICCOs.

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  2. No problem with mobiles/electronic devices at the Chandos, just across from Trafalgar Square, last Saturday night.

    Good OBB as well, worthy of 4.0 NBSS. Definitely best pint that evening.

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      1. Citra,
        Yes indeed, a lovely pub, and I think you recommended the Seven Stars not far away and not just for the pub cat(s).

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      1. Maybe for a diversion you could switch to ticking Sam’s pubs. Would be rather more achievable as well. But you’d still have the problem of finding them inexplicably closed, and often barricaded with rocks 🙄

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      2. I don’t think Quinno and James are going to have a week away in Rochdale, although I’m sure the TAND would happily give them a guided tour.

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  3. When Smith’s got to 25 (or maybe 26?) pubs in London, which would have been some time in the 80s, they set up a crawl around them in the same form as the Youngs 135 crawl – i.e. you collected a leaflet from your first pub and got the entry signed by someone on the staff then when you went to the others you got those signed until the leaflet was complete. At that point you sent it to the brewery and got the special tie back. I still have my tie but it’s a bit inaccessible at the moment. I wonder how many of the pubs they had then are still in their ownership? It has struck me for years that they buy pubs as much for the investment value as to sell their products, which might apply more to the London estate than elsewhere.

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