22
Mar
2012

Fulham’s Cock Tavern

I’m a fan of mini plates of food as I can then sample a variety of tastes rather than getting stuck with one disappointing main. Having convinced my companion of the wisdom of my reasoning, we ordered a selection of ‘grazing plates’ and sat back in a cosy corner of a recently refurbished Fulham pub.

A good choice of small dishes is just one appealing feature of the Cock Tavern. The Friday night we were there had a band playing familiar songs which added to the lively atmosphere without being intrusive. It’s equipped to thrive in all seasons with both a cosy open fire and an al fresco dining terrace for barbecues.

Small plates ranging from £3 to £6 dominate the menu of British classics. Out of the selection we tried, the fish and chips really stood out. The minty peas were a lovely accompaniment to the haddock in crispy batter. However, I expected the chips to taste more unhealthily delicious and crispy given their description as ‘triple fried’. The salt and pepper squid was pleasingly tender although the batter lacked a little crunch.

On the meat side, the sticky bourbon barbecue ribs were sweet but a little dry. A mini toad in the hole was better to look at than to eat but overall, the food was yummy and even better for being keenly priced. We were full after our table of grub but still managed a hearty dessert of sticky toffee pudding with caramel ice cream.

If you’re partial to a cooked breakfast at times other than the morning, you’re in luck. The all-day Fulham Breakfast is available for two to share or as a feast for one for £17.50. Weekend brunch is served until 2pm or a Sunday roast is another possibility for your dining desires.

Let’s not forget it’s a pub though replete with craft beers and ales and an enhanced volume of conversation. The wine list is as reasonable as the food with a range of bottles from £14.50 to £27.

Thought has been given to making this place a bit different. You can avoid the feeling of invisibility which can afflict those tasked with ordering drinks and place your order from a vintage telephone in a booth at the front of the pub. Losing yourself in a board game might appeal if you have time on your hands and Sunday nights offer a quiz evening.

If you’re in west London, the Cock Tavern is a homely choice where you can indulge without breaking the bank.

The Cock Tavern
360 North End Road
Fulham
SW6 1LY

Tel: 020 7385 6021

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