Sunday Lunch at the Cock and Hoop in the Lace Market

The Cock & Hoop pub in the Lace Market District has been a public house since 1833 when it was called the Country Tavern. In 1933 it was taken over by Home Ales and you can still see the brewery name built into the window at the front. Even though the original brewery has been closed since the 1990’s it is good that quite often you can find one of the beers brewed at the Pheastantry Brewery by a new company using the Home Ales name here on the bar.

The pub is attached to the Lace Market Hotel and it was that group that gave the place its current name. The bar at the front is quite small and a bit cosy, but there is another cellar type of area to the side full of cubby holes where we like to sit and drink.

We were checking out the menu on a recent visit and saw that they do a daily special with a beer for £10 which seemed to be a good deal if they had something that you wanted that is. For example on a Wednesday you can get a Burger which usually costs £12 with a pint, so that is a saving of at least £5 probably more 🙂

It was then that I had spotted that they did a Sunday Lunch deal as well for £10 or just £15 if you added a drink AND a pudding!, So last weekend when we were hungry I knew a place that we could go 🙂

The menu talks about the Sunday Roast as thus “choose from a selection of roast meats served with beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, veg, cauliflower cheese & gravy

The meat choices the lunchtime we visited was Beef or Pork, we ordered the Beef

Roast Beef

The Sunday Lunch plate arrived pretty quickly from the kitchen and I was very pleased to see that the slices of Beef were nice and pink. It was a bit dimly lit in the cellar dining area where we were sitting but there was just enough light from the standard lamp alongside the table to get a few pictures. For reference the dark patch on the meat is gravy not a shadow,

It was nice to find that we were getting proper seasonal vegetables to go with our Roast Beef. There was a large mound of Kale to one side and a pile of red cabbage lurking to the other side.

The Yorkshire pudding was large and looked like it was going to topple off the side of the plate. I soon had it in its place though by soaking it with gravy to weigh it down! Three nice big Roast potatoes were also present, actually a bit too large. I like the crispy part of the roast spud as opposed to the fluffy potato part so I would have been just as happy with some smaller ones so I could get more crispy skin. I know that you just get what you are given so I got on with the job in hand of eating instead of wishing and dreaming.

There was a decent portion of Cauliflower Cheese to sit alongside the Roast Dinner plate and I was happy to see another jug of gravy arrive with it. I was even happier about 5 mins later when we asked for even more gravy and it was no problem another jug being swiftly dispatched from the kitchen

I pushed the meat to one side to make some room for the Cauliflower Cheese and also to reveal some more seasonal veg that had been hiding. Carrots and Parsnip were in among the selection of root vegetables that I found and they were all cooked really well.

Overall this was a really quite decent Sunday Lunch, there was plenty of everything and for £10 it was really good value. My only small gripe would have been that the meat was cut a bit too thickly and the knife I had wasn’t really up to the job of cutting it very easily. Having said that, it did not stop me demolishing the plate so it was not the biggest of concerns 🙂

I had forgotten how much I liked the Cock & Hoop as a pub. They always have some good real ales on, it is usually pretty quiet so you can get a comfy seat and the menu has most things that I want to eat on it.

This time it was the Sunday Lunch, but another time I reckon I will be back to check out of of there daily deals. Knowing me as you do I suspect that it will be one or all of the nights where the deal involves a burger, a pie, or a plate of fish and chips 🙂

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The Cock & Hoop is located at 25 High Pavement in the Lace District area of Nottingham, NG1 1HE if you want to do google maps (or similar).

It is opposite the Galleries of Justice and inside and adjunct to the Lace Market Hotel.

You can check them out on their Facebook page

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