Cock

Bedfordshire - Broom

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II

23 High Street
Broom
SG18 9NA

Tel: (01767) 314411

Email: info@thecockatbroom.co.uk

Website http://www.thecockatbroom.co.uk

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This village pub has changed its form over the years and now has five small rooms. It still has no bar counter - one of only 10 remaining examples left in the country. This is a mid-19th-century row of cottages converted into alehouse and later a pub. It has grown from a single room with beer fetched from the cellar into adjacent cottages but retains a sense of its traditional character. On the right-hand side of the building there used to be a shop - hence the cupboards either side of the fireplace in the front right room. This is undoubtedly the classic room in the pub with two-thirds height panelling.

This village pub has changed over the years and now has five small rooms. It still has no bar counter - and is one of only eight traditional pubs left in the whole of the UK without a bar counter including the other Heritage Pubs the Milbank Arms, Barningham, Co. Durham; Red Lion, Ampney St Peter, Gloucestershire; North Star, Steventon, Oxfordshire; Tuckers Grave, Faulkland, Somerset; Rose & Crown, Huish Episcopi, Somerset; Kings Head, Laxfield, Suffolk; and Manor Arms, Rushall, West Midlands.

This is a mid-19th-century row of cottages converted into alehouse and later a pub. Owned by Ballards, it was sold to Wells & Winch of Biggleswade, who were taken over by Greene King in 1961. It has grown from a single room with beer fetched from the cellar but retains a sense of its traditional character. At one time the only public drinking area was on the left-hand room (now the games room with table skittles). Drinks were then brought, as they still are, from the top of the steps.

On the right-hand side there used to be a shop - hence the cupboards either side of the fireplace. This is the classic room in the pub with two-thirds height panelling. As you enter the pub from the front door there is a highly distinctive display of woodwork - old lapped boarding on the right and further back a set of cupboards; the panelling on the left, however, is not so old having taken its present form about 1980 (this is also the date of the panelling in the games room) and it was all added by local carpenter, Richard Beasley.

The uneven red-tiled corridor leads to the rear part where, and on the right, a small snug has been brought into use in modern times. It has a red-tile floor, panelled walls, bench seating and an early 20th-century fireplace. There were changes just outside this room in 1977 when the sink used for cleaning glasses was removed. Changes in the 1990s to bring the toilets inside also created a public drinking area in front of the entrance to the cellar servery. This has greatly expanded the size of the pub but has not destroyed the atmosphere of the old front rooms. At the rear left is a dining room brought into use in the 1990s.

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