Werrington’s Cock Inn has undergone quite a transformation since my last visit. To be honest it was long overdue, and I didn’t know what to expect.
There is only so much you can do, I guess, with an old building, but what I did find was quite pleasing on the eye and far more welcoming.
The bright white rendering and new signage help straight away, and inside it has been brought more up to date with comfortable sofas in a carpeted lounge area, a nice touch.
There were people eating at tables around the pub, but we took our seats in the designated eating area with wooden floor and smart looking wall panelling to retain the “village pub” feel, but with a few modern touches.
The menu stays the same every day - there is a nice looking tapas selection, some sharing platters and in the “something a little bigger” section, burgers, chicken, steak, lamb shank etc; ideal as we tried to steer clear of a Sunday roast establishment (although there was roast beef on the specials board).
My “housemade chorizo burger” (£9.50) was as good as I have had anywhere to be fair. A big, thick juicy patty served in a brioche bun and topped with cheese and chorizo, which totally overpowered the onion and tomato. It came with nicely seasoned French fries, a jalapeno slaw that packed quite a kick and a little salad that was cleansing and cooling.
The halloumi falafel salad (£9.95) across the table offered a lot of flavour and texture with a very tasty dressing adding to the enjoyment.
The children’s menu fish fingers (£4.95) were “housemade” - soft and flaky fish and a crisp coating making for a great combination with the excellent fries.
The children’s roast beef was ok, the gravy had a welcome meaty taste, although the roast potatoes were overcooked and mushy.
We shared a couple of desserts (£5.95) - both very worthy - while the little ones devoured their ice creams.
The Cock Inn promises a “relaxed and sharing dining experience” which when you throw in good service pretty much sums up our visit.
Brad Barnes has lunch at The Cock Inn, in Werrington (www.thecockinnpeterborough.co.uk)