Food Review: Cock Inn’s best kept secret is out

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Food is one of the great pleasures in life and so is eating out, especially when you stumble on a rare gem.

The delightful 16th century Cock Inn at North Crawley is one such place – a well kept secret that deserves to be shared.

Its reputation for excellent food and drink is fast growing and it’s clear the team take great pride in everything they do.

The pub restaurant is under new management with the friendly staff striving to make each visit a welcoming and enjoyable experience.

The pub’s talented chefs Gary Cobain, who worked with Jean Christophe Novelli, and Dan Capp, gold medallist at Hotelympia 2012, boast 36 years’ experience between them. They are experts at what they do and it shows.

Their dishes are prepared using the finest local ingredients and cooked to ensure an authentic homecooked taste.

We were spoilt for choice but after much deliberation I chose pan roasted salmon fillet served with crushed new potatoes, tomatoes, French beans and lemon dressing.

The dish was mouthwateringly delicious, light, cooked to perfection, beautifully presented and complemented by a fine glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

My companion opted for the breaded Cajun spicy coated breast of chicken served with potato wedges, homemade coleslaw and a dressed salad.

A wholesome dish and lots of it. Leaving a little room for dessert, obviously, I opted for a creme brulee served with the Inn’s speciality – shortbread decorated with the pub’s logo – a nice touch.

Landlady Jackie Magee explained the menu was changed every three months to offer a range of traditional dishes to suit every palate with the specials board changed daily.

Highly recommended are the Inn’s homemade pies which have achieved legendary status since being entered in the National Pie of the Year Competition, with its Tuesday Pie Night proving very popular.

But the Cock Inn doesn’t stop at being a good place to eat – the pub also offers entertainment with quiz nights and live music.

So if you insist on great quality homecooked food served in front of the wood burners on a cold winter’s evening, or enjoying the beer garden in the summer, visit the Cock Inn. You won’t be disappointed. ON