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£8 - £40
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British, Spanish
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
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Reviewed 26 March 2023

We had a lovely visit. Food is served quickly and is delicous. There are lots of drinks and cocktails to choose from and taste so nice. Staff are very welcoming and friendly, I will be visiting again soon.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 19 March 2023 via mobile

If I could have given this pub a zero I would have. Booked a table for Mother’s Day, no Marlboro Savingnon, no Tanqueray gin, because they had a busy day yesterday. I’m sorry, but you knew it was a busy day on Mother’s Day, go...to Sainsburys, it’s across the road, get the drinks you’re short of. And sell them for four times the amount you are buying it for. I’d pay it! Now for the food, we ordered pig cheeks, AKA dog food. Crochets were ok. Sweet and sour chicken, looked like it was out of a tin. We are not complainers but this pub was the worst meal I’ve had in a very long time. Just want to avoid anyone making he same mistake. On a plus the staff were very enthusiasticMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 10 March 2023 via mobile

Fantastic place. Lovely atmosphere. The singer was fantastic. Food was really lovely and the staff were super friendly and welcoming. Loved it!!! We have booked again already 😁

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 25 February 2023

Met up with the guys from our old band. Very friendly, very welcoming staff. Can't comment on the beers as I'm not a beer drinker but the others were all very happy. Tapas is a great way to eat and to chat and the tapas...here did not disappoint. Something for everyone and no waiting for plated meals, just dive in and it keeps coming! It has a treat relaxed atmosphere with the feel of an established tavern. The Cock has been recently taken over so the older negative reviews don't do the place justice. Will come again.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 9 February 2023

Met with friends for tapas. Food was delicious, service was great and friendly. Will definitely come again!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Sam Bender, General Manager at The Cock in Ongar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2023

Thank you for the lovely review :)

Reviewed 21 January 2023

Visited today with family for lunch and had such a nice time. The staff were friendly and welcoming we were shown to our table promptly and offered drinks and water for the table straight away. We chose a selection of tapas to share which were...all delicious I particularly enjoyed the specials of prawn twists and honey and mustard sausages, the accompanying dips were a lovely compliment to the dishes too. The flavours were incredible and my dad said he thought the food was better than what he'd had in Mallorca. The raspberry coconut slice and chocolate brownie we so yummy for dessert and the coffee was fantastic. The price of the meal was very reasonable too. Thank you all so much for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Will be back very soon!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Sam Bender, General Manager at The Cock in Ongar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

Thank you for the lovely review Gemma. We look forward to welcoming you back soon :)

Reviewed 22 November 2022 via mobile

Wow! Decor is incredible but keeps such a homely feeling at the same time which is perfect, staff are so accommodating and super helpful, from booking to leaving it was just so well ran and easy. Food was incredible, well worth the value same for...the cocktails, London standard without the London price! Will definitely be returning and recommending to everyone!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Sam Bender, General Manager at The Cock in Ongar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

Thank you for the great review Georgina. We hope to welcome you back soon :)

Reviewed 20 November 2022

The restaurant had been recommended by a local friend; inspire of being given a reminder to turn up - which I accepted - 5 of us arrived by taxi from a hotel 20 minutes away to find the place totally shut. Appalling service and even...our local friend as so shocked that she will never return and she and her husband were regulars.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Sam Bender, General Manager at The Cock in Ongar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience due to the previous ownership. Myself and The House Group team have taken over the property since the beginning of November 2022, and he hope you will give the venue another try in the future.

Reviewed 19 November 2022

This pub has now changed hands and is simply called the Cock in Ongar. It has a good selection of tapas and the food we selected for four of us was delicious. Will definitely be visiting again.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 November 2022

I came to The Cock in Ongar as I knew it had changed ownership and was keen to see what was on offer. The service was super friendly and Luke behind the bar made us feel welcome from the moment we walked in. We had...a couple of cocktails which were delicious! I had an espresso martini and a rock n roller (which I'd never tried before) and loved them both. Well made and served with a smile. My wife and I will definitely be back to try more of the cocktails (the list is massive) and to try food (tapas which sounds yummy) when they start serving it - I think this is in mid-November. Definitely worth a visit!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 31 October 2022 via mobile

Visited here on Saturday for some lunch. When we arrived we were not greeted or even acknowledged. We were a party of 6 (4 adults 2kids). We grabbed a table and after 10 minutes still no one had spoken to us. One of us went...to the bar to be advised its order at the bar only which is fine its just nice to be told that. He returned to the table where we read through the menu to choose what we wanted. 5 minutes later the bar man came to our table to tell us we are not serving food until Tuesday week. That being the case why were there food menus on every table? Awful service and we will not return. We swiftly left with two hungry kids in tow and we had an amazing meal at the Kings head just over the roadMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 29 August 2022

We booked 6 weeks ago for 5 of us; like Malcolm219, I received a request to confirm my booking which I did. We had taken a taxi and the restaurant had been recommended. It was clearly VERY shut when we got there with a note...on the door saying closed for two months. The owners should be ashamed - such sloppy, dreadful service. We will never eat here again.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 31 July 2022

We booked online last week to go to The Cock Inn yesterday (Saturday 30th July). We had a confirmation email on Friday to which we responded, confirming that we would be coming, and received a 'Thank You' email in return. When we got to the...pub it was closed with a note on the window saying it was closed due to illness, and has been so for a while. So we stood around in the car park feeling hungry and wondering what to do! I see from other reviews that we are not alone. You can't help being ill, but surely you can ensure that the issue is set out on the pub's website and also ensure that customers aren't contacted to confirm their bookings. It's a shame because the food is excellent here, but the owners are going to loose a lot of goodwill over this.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 17 June 2022

I had a booking for this Sunday, and received an email Friday morning thanking me for my cancellation. I hadn’t ever cancelled my booking and had booked months ago for Father’s Day. Not sure why they’ve cancelled but tried calling and emailing a number of...times but no one replied or answered. No info on any of their socials or website as to why they are now closed, google has been updated to temporarily closed. Slightly disappointed to have been given no explanation as we have eaten here before and it was lovely. A disappointing turn of events, wouldn’t recommend and won’t be returning if it opens again.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 12 June 2022

Booked lunch online and received a confirmation of our booking. When we arrived the pub was CLOSED. Sign on the door saying chef was ill. No response to my email. RECOMMEND TO CHECK YOUR BOOKING BY PHONE.

Date of visit: June 2022
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The Cock in Ongar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4