nr Bury St Edmunds
on-Sat 12-3; 6-11, Sun 12-3; 7-10.30
For a Suffolk treat you have to try the pretty-as-a-picture pub all painted pink. The Cock at Brent Eleigh, some 10 miles south-east of Bury St Edmunds on the A1141, is a pub to seek out for its traditional atmosphere, good beer and cider, and a scarcely-altered interior which has earned it a place on CAMRA?s National Inventory. The building itself is very interesting and stands out as an original design/conversion for a pub. It is thatched with a couple of eyebrow dormers. How old it is is hard to say: the painted stucco exterior with some 18th-century features conceals a half-timbered core that may go back a good century or two further. There are two simple bars at one end of the building. The main bar is simply furnished in time-honoured country pub style, the only intrusion being a bar counter installed by Greene King in 1976 in place of a hatchway. There is a real coal fire and lots of Greene King memorabilia about it. The Cock has lots of traditional pub games you can play including pitch penny. The other area, the snug, is excellent. It has a boarded ceiling and half height paneling on the walls. Service here is still through a hatch. A coal fire and long table complete the room. Look out for the 1969 Greene King price list on the wall. As you approach the pub from the car park, you?ll spot another door on your left leading to a short passage with a hatch to the servery. This is the old off-sales area, though not used for that anymore. Beers on at the time were: Adnams bitter, Greene King IPA and Abbott. There is no food served here, just beer. However, there is accommodation here.
Greene King IPA