The Cock Inn, Mugginton

Sister pub to The Three Horseshoes and part of Berkeley Inns Limited, The Cock Inn has recently been extensively renovated and re-opened after being shut for over 10 years and I must say from the off that they have done a fantastic job. Approaching from the car park you can see that the pub has benefitted from a huge extension and a landscaped terrace that I already have my eye on for summer…

We arrived an hour ahead of our reservation so we could enjoy a drink before our meal – what’s really nice about The Cock Inn is that the bar & restaurant areas are kept separate and each have a really different vibe. We headed to the bar which is a modern take on an oldie-worldie pub, with a copper bar, gilt framed paintings, leather benches & log fires

There’s a good selection of drinks from both bottled and draught beers, to spirits and wines – I saw quite a few impressive G&Ts! The husband had a pint of Estrella and as it was so cozy in there, it put me in the mood a glass of Argentinian Malbec which was lovely and smooth (my glass wasn’t that much bigger than his pint, it’s purely perspective, promise 😉 The whole bar area was packed which was lovely to see – they only re-opened a couple of weeks prior to our visit and I can see why it’s already a hit!

When our table was ready the lovely hostess came and found us and took us through to our table. The restaurant has a slightly more modern feel than the bar, and the large extension means it’s airy and spacious. The Cock Inn have commissioned some great artwork for the restaurant, personalized with the pubs name

We had a peruse of the menu and made our choices – as I’d chosen fish dishes for my starter and main, I ordered a glass of Veuve Clicquot to compliment them

I have to make a confession here – I’ve never in my life ordered a prawn cocktail as I’ve always thought there’s something really unappealing about it, however I took the plunge and ordered it for my starter and I’m really glad I did! Tonnes of gorgeously sweet baby prawns were mixed with crisp shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sliced pickled gherkins and creamy, tangy cocktail sauce. Two juicy tiger prawns took pride of place on top and the dish was accompanied by a warm wholemeal mini-loaf and herb butter. A delicious fresh, light dish

For my main I chose the oven baked Cornish hake with new potatoes, samphire & a chive and cream sauce. The fish was delicate and flaky with a super crispy skin, and the new potatoes were buttery and soft without being over cooked. Tender samphire provided some greenery whilst the creamy sauce was well seasoned and complimented the other ingredients nicely without being overpowering or heavy

The husband had the roast beef dinner which came with mashed & roasted potatoes and seasonal veg – it wasn’t until after he’d finished that we saw other tables had received cauliflower cheese & greens with their roasts when he hadn’t. We mentioned this to our waitress and she swiftly deducted 50% from the price of the roast without being asked which was more than fair. He did say that what he had received was really tasty and the portion of beef was huge

For dessert we shared the dark chocolate & chilli pave which was surprisingly delicate – it looked as if it was going to be heavy but was far from it. Beautiful dark chocolate with a hint of chilli coming through at the end – we both did feel however that the chilli wasn’t neccessary and we’d have preferred it without but still thoroughly enjoyed it

Timings with food & drinks were sometimes a little off – we would receive our food and be without a drink for a while (which when you’ve ordered a dessert wine with dessert kind of defeats the point) but I didn’t feel it detracted from our meal, it just needs a little refining

Personally, as someone that is really not fussed about having a roast dinner (I know, I get told I’m weird all the time!) I would like to see the ‘main’ menu offered on a Sunday so there’s more to choose from – I’d had an asian flavoured noodle dish the night before and two of the three non-roast choices were Asian flavours and/or noodles so I didn’t fancy those, which only left me with one option – although I must say again what I had really was great

We shall definitely be returning very soon, and I will be sure to book a table as I can see with it’s popularity already, you might be out of luck getting one if you just turn up

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