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Cock and Hoop

1 August 10 words: Sophie Farrell
Comfortably nestled amongst popular night-time haunts, along the cobbled streets of High Pavement and opposite the Galleries of Justice
The Cock and Hoop

Comfortably nestled amongst popular night-time haunts, along the cobbled streets of High Pavement and opposite the Galleries of Justice, this none-more-traditional venue serves as the perfect antidote to the city’s hustle and bustle.

The intimate pub atmosphere - with comfy armchairs and settees galore - make it an ideal place to relax after a busy day at work. It’s also the ideal precursor to a date, if you would like a few drinks in a quiet pub venue before venturing downstairs to the dedicated restaurant space. With wine, beer, spirits, traditional and local ales, plus the usual selection of soft drinks, there are beverages available to suit all tastes.

When we ventured downstairs, we discovered an open plan space with quirky little booths for those in pursuit of privacy whilst eating. The service was with a smile and the waitress was attentive. There could have been more space between tables, but tea lights, soothing music and dim lighting made for an ambient atmosphere. The menu, although concise, covered all bases with popular British fish, meat and vegetarian dishes.

You can order nibbles with your drinks, which include mixed olives (£3.00), the roasted nut selection (£2.50) or Tuscan bread with olive oil and balsamic dipping (£3.00). Starters include roasted butternut squash soup with mushroom toast (£4.85), duck leg and breast terrine with green peppercorns and sourdough (£6.50) and a salad comprising devilled lamb’s kidney, anchovies, oat cakes and pickled shallots (£5.75). The mains also appeal to British pub food enthusiasts with beer battered hake fillet, mushy peas and chips (£9.50) and roasted leek and kale lasagne (£8.50).

I chose a fish cake (£5.50) for starters and was pleased to discover a hearty, well-seasoned portion with soft mash potato filling. The fish pie main (£9.50) didn’t disappoint either with delicate flavours designed to tantalise taste buds. My guest had salmon rillettes (£5.50) followed with succulent lamb rump (£12.50), which proved to be the wholesome and simple British cooking you’d expect from a Michelin Pub Guide venue.

Aimed clearly at people who want a bit more than your standard pub lunch - and a lot less noise - Cock and Hoop is a gastropub par excellence. No two-for-ones, to be sure, but the level of value for what you get towers over its rivals.

29-31 High Pavement, NG1 1HE. Tel: 0115 852 3232
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