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The Famous Cock Tavern is a traditional type of establishment with a contemporary edge, serving a range of classic dishes on an extensive English and Oriental food menu.

Ranked #1305 of 2091 pubs & bars in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

11:00 - 23:00, 11:00 - 23:00

TUE

CLOSED

WED

11:00 - 23:00

THU

11:00 - 23:00

FRI

11:00 - 01:00

SAT

10:00 - 01:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:30

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By Sarah B.

This is one of my favourite pubs in London. I really wasn't expecting it to be great as its located right next to the train station, but it was clean, warm , friendly....and most importantly-reasonably priced. The food is not expensive for London, and is really delicious. The beer garden was also a great surprise- very modern and you really don't feel like you're on a busy street. Many sunday evenings ive been curled up with my partner in this pub. Don't change a thing :)


By T.

Utter crap! And The Famous Cock Tavern was the most expensive pub we went in all night (despite having earlier been in a cocktail bar!) I'm giving The Famous Cock Tavern a rating of 1, but only because 0 or less is not available.


By N.

Couldn't agree more. Nice to know that a year on from the last review of the Famous Cock Tavern, their standards are still the same. I had exactly the same argument with the Manager. The lemonade was flat and the staff refused to replace it. In the end, we both just poured our drinks on the floor and left. The Famous Cock Tavern is a vile bar with an incredibly useless manager.


By M.

Went to the Famous Cock Tavern here last Saturday (17th September) before going to the Garage across the road. Bought a pint of Adams for my mate Gav. Pint didn't clear, a bit cloudy and tasted not great. Politely asked the staff ,who palmed us off onto the manager, for a fresh pint and/or her opinion of the pint.

No change here. Barrel had just been changed and she would not stop to taste the pint or give a fresh one and just ignored us. Tried to talk to her when she was clearing glasess from tables, shrugged off and told that she wouldn't listen. Pint dutifully poured over the floor as we left. The Famous Cock Tavern? Crap pub.



By W.

The Famous Cock Tavern has to be the pub with the rudest staff in London. They were more than happy to take our money at last orders at The Famous Cock Tavern but then tried to intimidate us into hurrying our drinks by physically sitting on our table and being rude.


By W.

The Famous Cock Tavern is situated right next to Highbury & Islington tube. We popped in there one Saturday night after having a meal in a restaurant on Upper Street. It was the least busy pub in the area and now I know why! I have never experienced customer service like this before. At 11pm all remaining customers were told to finish their drinks and leave. The so called manager actually rudely interrupted a couple to ask that they "acknowldge" what she had just said. She was extremely aggressive and in fact sat on our table staring at us to try and intimidate us to finish our drinks and leave. When we asked if she felt that this was good customer service her reply was that she didn't care about our business as the pub is next to a tube station before telling us in no uncertain terms to F off!One member of staff said that she wasn't rude, just tired. How many of us would love to say that in our work! Don't go to The Famous Cock Tavern unless you like being treated by rude, agressive staff.


By Geoffrey S.

The Famous Cock Tavern is nice pub that’s easy to get to - it’s about seven and a half steps away from Highbury and Islington Station. Oh, and it has a funny name, too.

The Venue
From the outside it might look like a bit of a dive, but that’s only on account of its immediate surroundings. It is, in fact, a very welcoming establishment, which comes as no surprise when you learn that this is a Smith and Jones pub.

There are two entrances to The Famous Cock Tavern: one directly opposite the station to lure in those getting off the tube, and one on Upper Street enticing those that have worked their way up from Angel. Upon entry, take note that your foot will sink a couple of centimetres into the soft stripy carpet. It’s a peculiar feeling but its part of the charm as mellow is what they’re aiming for.

The carpet is drenched in browns and greens from the seventies. Lining the wall opposite the bar are four very comfortable booths with brown leather seats and tall stripy orange and red back supports –it sounds hideous but it really works. Closer to the bar, the floor is the usual hardwood, supporting high tables to rest your pint on and bar stools on which to rest your rump. In one corner you’ll find a gambling machine and in the other one of the epic quiz arcades. You can also catch Sky Sports on a flatscreen telly at either end of the pub.

The Atmosphere
In stark contrast to what goes on outside the front doors, The Famous Cock Tavern is a really relaxing and peaceful venue during the day, playing a light ensemble of nineties ambient dance classics. The bar staff are welcoming and the leather booths even more so. Free WiFi coupled with the availability of fresh coffee also makes this a great location to set up your office or surf the net, and the designated outdoor smoking area in the back provides a chilled area for the smokers away from the chaos that rushes past the front doors. For a night out, however, the decor comes across as a bit bland and boring when compared to the numerous alternatives that are filled with personality up and down Upper Street.

The Drink
With a large bar it comes as no surprise that the selection of drinks is varied. On tap is the usual Fosters, John Smiths, Kronenberg, Grolsch, Carlsberg, Guinness, Strongbow, Carling and Becks Vier. Bottled drinks include Leffe, Bulmers, Twist, Peroni, Magners, Hoegarden, Stella and Bud. IPA, Wells Bombardier and Adnams is available as well. All prices are reasonable for the area and it’s a decent place to kick start a boozy night out

If it’s spirits you’re after they’re not in short supply and you’ll be sure to find something that appeals to your liver.

The Last Word
The Famous Cock Tavern is a great venue for a family lunch in the day and a decent place to kickstart a good night out along the Upper Street strip.

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