Friday

The Cock, Hemingford

Taken form The Cock website 
Bank holiday started off with a rather unsophisticated, but fun, evening out in London at 151 AKA 'The Dive'... It then rapidly shot up the sophistication meter and we went up to Cambridge for the weekend with friends in their gorgeous cottage, complete with cheeky pooch 'Boss'. Bliss...

One of the evenings we were booked into The Cock in a pretty little village called Hemingford Grey. Winning Cambridgeshire dining pub of the year 2013 and also National Pub of the year (according to The Good Pub Guide'), due to this we all had high expectations.

The dining room is a lot larger than expected, for some reason we all expected a quaint little local pub serving exceptional food. This pub possible does about 50 covers per seating with tables turned should you book before 8pm, so not 'quaint' by any means. 

Taken form The Cock website 

We were seated and freshly baked bread was brought to the table which I thought was a decent touch, rather than waiting till ordering. One thing we all commented on was the fact that the menu's were laminated which looked cheap and a little 'Harvester - ish'. This aside, the menu was split into Starters, mains, sausages (they make their own) and fish was shown on a separate menu due to the dishes changing depending on what types are available. A lot of the dishes are quite inventive, puree's areused throughout and lots of hearty veg to accompany the free range and locally sourced produce. Certainly not your normal pub grub.

We ordered some pork scratchings with apple sauce to nibble at whilst we were deciding on what to munch on. These were amazing...




Caroline started with the rosemary and garlic polenta chips, with rocket, parmesan and tomato jam. Arriving first we all looked at the plate with an 'oh' expression. Four 'chips' sat in the middle of the plate with a measly amount of rocket and a splattering of jam. The latter I am told was tasty, however over all this dish really disappointed on taste and deliverance. 




Slock chose the clam and mussel chowder, Brioche croutons and coriander oil. This was far better than the previous let down, the chowder looked lovely, had perfect consistency and smelt so delicious. No scrimping on the ingredients and also the perfect amount for a starter portion. 


A happy man... 
Mr D opted for the duck parcel, with sweet and sour cucumber, sweet soy and ginger dressing. This was pretty large for a starter, and something made me think it could have been presented in a much better way. There was a huge amount of meat inside which sadly was over powered by the sweet hoisin and soy it has been marinated in. The cucumber however was lovely and would have worked well had this not been so overly salty.




I decided on scallops, black pudding mousse, cauliflower cous-cous and puree. The scallops were cooked to perfection and a decent size, therefore I was pretty happy. The cous cous was a nice crunchy addition to the plate and the black pudding mousse was much dryer than expected, but as a classic combination with scallops this was overall a decent dish. 



Onto Mains...


Mr D had Pork Tenderloin with Sage and Garlic Mash, Roasted Celeriac, Beetroot, Greens and Red Wine Sauce. The meat was cooked well and plenty of vegetables were accompanying the dish. The only minor problem with this dish was that there wasn't enough sauce and so the dish was quite dry towards the end. However flavours etc were good throughout. 


Slock chose, Guinea Fowl Breast stuffed with Truffle Mousse,
Chorizo Potato Bake, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Cauliflower
Puree and Port Sauce. Sadly this didn't deliver. Not enough sauce again meant the guinea foul was sadly very dry. The potato bake, a nice idea was severely undercooked and therefore was hardly eaten. The cauliflower puree was however tasty and perfectly smooth, it did give some much needed saucy-ness to the dry meat. 




Caroline went for their home-made selection of four different types of Sausage: Traditional, Pork, Green Peppercorn and Stilton, Italian (Pork, Fennel Seed, Garlic and Herbs) and Chinese BBQ (Pork, Five Spice and Hoisin.) This came with seasonal greens AKA. cabbage, a choice of mash (Hemingford, plain, black pudding, sage and garlic). Plain mash was chosen and also a choice of onion, red wine, mustard or mushroom gravy was given. Onion gravy was selected and there was plenty of it. This was an all round perfectly fine dish. All the sausages were good however possibly not to be had as a foursome again as the different flavours made them quite filling. But the ingredients that went into the sausages were of high quality. 




I chose the evenings special which was, roasted duck breast, port jus, sweet potato puree, a type of potato and swede rosti (I can't remember exactly) and roasted beetroot. The meat was perfectly pink and very tasty, sadly no crispy skin but this didn't upset me too much. The accompaniments with the dish were delicious, the potato 'thing' which I forgot to take note of was really delicious and nice consistency, as well as the sweet potato puree. Overall a good duck dish, but not outstanding for such a highly acclaimed foodie pub.




We all went with high hopes of finding an incredible quaint place serving fantastic food. What we did find instead was a lovely over-sized pub, serving decent food. May be they had an off night with our choices? However it sadly was not what we expected as a National award winning pub. We didn't have a terrible night by any means, just left a little underwhelmed. 

The Cock, 47 High Street, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, PE28 9BJ. 01480 463 609
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