The Cock & Bull will always be a soft spot for my wife and I, as she claims the Covington location was the site of our first date. We were happy to see a new location open in Hyde Park around the same time that we moved into the neighborhood. When a friend of ours was in town recently to see our new place we all agreed to head up to this new location and check it out. They have a great patio out front, but the weather was a little too warm for us and so we opted for a table inside. We visited on a Tuesday evening and found no wait for a table.

Stained Glass

The inside of the restaurant is actually very large too. The front room appeared to seat a healthy number of people, but there are even more seats in an additional back room, which is where we were seated. To go along with the large space they also have a large offering of beer, nearly 60 taps are dedicated to various craft and macro beers from both the US and overseas. It’s a pretty impressive lineup overall.

Five Onion Soup

To start off my meal I went with a cup of the Five Onion Soup. The menu says it isn’t French onion soup, but it sure looks like it and tastes like it too. It was a great combination of different onions and it was topped with a large amount of melted provolone. My visit was off to a good start. For my meal I chose the chicken teriyaki wrap with a side of macaroni & cheese.

Chicken Teriyaki Wrap

Unfortunately the wrap was not as good as the soup that I started with. The chicken was good, but was easily overpowered by the large amount of salad mix. The menu said that the teriyaki chicken and provolone mix would be accompanied by lettuce and red onion, but it appears they took the easier route and just used a generic salad mix instead. I think if this were replaced by some better quality lettuce and fresh onion it could have been much better. The macaroni & cheese was good, not outstanding, but next to the wrap I enjoyed it a lot.

Lightweight Fish & Chips

My wife went with the “lightweight” fish and chips, which is an 8 oz portion of their famous hand cut fillets of icelandic cod, deep fried to a golden brown, served on a bed of seasoned fries. She was happy with her choice, and even this smaller serving of the dish was a lot of food. Obviously this is a popular dish at the English style pub and I saw many plates of it being delivered to hungry customers throughout the restaurant.

Veggie Wrap

Our friend had the veggie wrap with grilled eggplant, zucchini, mushroom, goat cheese, and spinach wrapped in a┬átortilla and served with balsamic mayo. She seemed happy with her meal as well. So I must have just made a bad decision. I wouldn’t say that any of the food was outstanding, but the restaurant is new and they are likely still figuring things out. I’m sure we will be back in the future and I hope for some improvements. It is still worth a visit, as is, for the beer selection and atmosphere alone.

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5 Responses to “Cock & Bull English Pub”
  1. fritz says:

    Veggie Wrap? Chicken Teriyaki Wrap? Five Onion Soup? Seriously? You refer to this as an “English Style pub”. The only reason they call it Five Onion Soup it the fact they know they cant call it French because there’re supposed to be an “English pub”; which makes me wonder why they have “Bavarian pretzels”(England hates germany – no pub would consider serving this).

    • edpaffjr says:

      The only reason I call them an English style pub is because that is actually in the name of the restaurant. I would agree that it doesn’t really fit into the mold of a typical English pub. Though I can’t blame them for serving dishes that aren’t typical of the limited style. If they only served English dishes, then I probably would never visit, and I’m sure the same is true for others.

      • fritz says:

        My comments were more towards C&B, not so much your review.(BTW, nice blog site) its just my pet peeve. The bait and switch. Other than the name, there is really nothing that resembles an English Pub(the Pub at Mews make a fairly good effort in that respect). 10% of the menu I would say leans that way, but decor, etc. – no. Its basically an American bar with American bar food. So why not just let the name reflect that? Ive been there with 7 people who all ordered something different so I got a good sampling of the fare including the Fish/chips. all in all, very underwhelming.

        • Robin says:

          Actually, we agree with you. We do far more than English fair, so we are rebranding, becoming Cock & Bull Public House. We don’t want to take away from our British roots, however, we are far more than British in both food and drink. Thanks for your input.

          Robin
          Cock & Bull Public House

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