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The Old Cock Inn
Ranked #3 of 3 Harpenden B&B and Inns
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“Excellent find...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

Having just spent 5 nights on a business trip from the US at the Old Cock Inn I can absolutely recommend staying here. I am a Brit who lives in the US and have stayed at many BandBs before. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon and was quickly checked in and given a review of the room and facilities. I was in Room 5 at the rear of the property, that was very quiet, had plenty of storage room etc and an excellent bathroom. Travelling alone there was plenty of comfortable space. The room was clean and plenty of towels etc and a daily clean up service was nice just to keep things tidy. The rooms are entered via a house next door to the pub...this was nice as you get your own key and thus are free to come and go as you please.
Breakfast was basically served as and when requested...no pressure to be there at a certain time, just drop in and give your order. The full English was awesome...no need for lunch after that! Also had some local business colleagues join me for breakfast and they were very impressed. WiFi was available and was quick and easy to access in the room and in the pub.
Located in the center of Harpenden within a two minute walk there were 2 grocery stores, a liquor store, newsagent and the main local high street retail stores. That and multiple restaurants to choose from....everything was convenient and very good quality. The pub food was also great if you wanted to stay in.
Rick and the bar staff were great, very friendly and accommodating and always making sure you had everything you need......even for this "fake" American!!
I have stayed at several other hotels etc in the area and quite simply after this experience will be back again.
Great job everyone!!!...and thank you all for a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Little Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

The staff at The Olde Cock Inn always greet you with a warm and friendly welcome and nothing is ever too much trouble.

Having stayed several times now, I have been in almost all of the rooms and all have been great with the bathrooms big enough to host a party. The quality of the tradesmen who have completed the work is exceptional.

All have quite a variety of tea & coffee with kettle and cups plus mints & top quality biscuits. All the beds, pillows etc are very comfy & are in-keeping with the overall boutique theme, as is the furniture. One room has a bed with pop-up tv and another has a huge 7ft wide bed big enough to fill an entire bedroom in your average house.

Breakfast hits the spot, just tell Steve what time you will be down & he’ll be there ready to cater for your every whim, cereal, juice, coffee, tea, full English, omelette or a bacon sandwich to go, as I said earlier, nothing is too much trouble.

Harpenden is a lovely place full of many bars and restaurants so you will have no problem finding what suits your palette. The train station round the corner can take you into London in less than 30 minutes – great for a Theatre break.
My favourite restaurants are Pasta Cibo (Italian), Billy’s Bar (great salads) and The Olde Cock do a super ocean pie. The Red Fox is a bit of a walk back towards the M1 from Harpenden but great to work up an appetite and the menu is a little more special and ideal if you are celebrating.

Harpenden is a little gem – just go and enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

Located at the top of the High Street, they offer B and B in their very well appointed rooms.
Try to request one by the staircase as to not be above the bar. It can e very noisy.
Food is excellent and breakfast is great.
This a a very good address, the landlady is very charming and the staff professional.
See you next time when I visit Harpenden.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

I have been taken here for lunch a couple of times now. The staff are very friendly and always happy to help you choose what to eat. I have tested their chicken and leek pie (with accompanying veggies) and their fish and chips. Both were absolutely delicious and ample portions. Dessert is worth saving room for. One my first visit I ordered an apple crumble with custard which was so so. On my second visit we had an amazing hot cross bun bread and butter pudding. It was amazing!

Lunch for two with a large glass of wine, main course and dessert each comes to £20 per head, which is a good deal. I have no doubt I will return to the Old Cock Inn for another delicious meal in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Malvern, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

My wife and I stayed for one night only on Saturday May 182013. The room was excellent, warm and comfortable with an excellent, elegant bathroom.
The owners are very welcoming and the breakfast was excellent. The pub itself is very nicely furnished and a good venue for a drink at lunchtime or evening. We did not have the opportunity to eat at The Old Cock as we went to a party in Harpenden - maybe next time.

There is very little parking on site but there is a free public car park 100 metres walk.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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london
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

The 1 essential element in running an accommodation business is a welcoming smile. The landlady needs to take this into account. I was made to feel like I was being watched at times. Harpenden is a lovely village, a breath of fresh air and a short distance by train - 20mins - to central London. On the upside, the rooms at the old cock in are clean and recently refurbished.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Lee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

stayed here for one night with six other friends. Staff very helpful and friendly. Rooms one of the best i have stayed in. room and ensuite spotless and luxurious. wish we had booked for two nights. old world inn with modern charm. definatley would come back. hoping to book same time next year. Breakfast superb.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Old Cock Inn
Address: 58 High Street, Harpenden AL5 2SP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hertfordshire > Harpenden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Harpenden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Cock Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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