Located in the heart of The Lace Market, Cock & Hoop is a real traditional local ale pub. IN Magazine were invited to have lunch there to see what they had to offer.

From the outside Cock & Hoop looks a very traditional English pub, with iron windows and black tudor beams. The interior continues that theme of exposed brick walls and some old oak panelled walls and old printed frames.

All the seating are mixed fabrics and styles. The Bar is what you first see as you walk into the cosy pub, even though it’s small it feels very grand and rustic. There was a basement area, where it felt we was going into the caves of Nottingham.

The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The Cock & Hoop had a relaxed and homely vibe, which is just what you want from a traditional English pub.

Now time to try out the food…

The menu was presented on a mini wooden clip board which was cute and kept in theme of the pub. The Menu was simple but had a good variety of choices.

We opted for the Ploughman’s Platter. It arrived on a wooden board with Ham Hock Ballotine, Freshley backed bread, pickle, a selection of cheese and juicy red grapes.

The bread was still warm and lightly toasted. The pickle had a lovely kick which complimented the cheeses very well.

Moving onto the main courses, we opted for Coronation Chicken Sandwich that came with hand cut chips and Roast Pork Belly that came with Black Pudding Mash and Savoy Cabbage.

The Coronation Chicken was very creamy with lovely balanced spices, on fresh bloomer bread. The chips where beautifully cut and where really crispy, with a super fluffy centre.

This is an ideal dish for lunch, as you’re not left feeling over stuffed, from too many carbs.

The Roast Pork Belly tasted as good as it looked. The Pork just melted in the mouth followed with a lovely crunch of the crispy belly. The Black Pudding Mash was intriguing to say the least, but it worked as the textures complimented each other so well.

The Savoy Cabbage had held a lot of flavour too, making this dish practically perfect for any time of the day.

At this point we would have happily gone back to the office feeling satisfyingly full, but what’s a review without sampling dessert?

This did take a while to decide on as all the choices sounded really tasty. We finally opted for Apple Crumble and Chocolate Brownie.

The Apply Crumble was beautifully presented on a little wooden board with a small jug of warm custard and the crumble in a small cast iron skillet pan. It looked too pretty to eat!

There was plenty of soft chunks of apple, making it very sweet, which complimented the crispy crumble. The custard was thick and gooey, which balanced the flavour of the Apple crumble.

I do love a Chocolate Brownie and this one didn’t disappoint! The Chocolate was really smooth and intense with a nutty texture throughout. The scoop of vanilla ice cream really balanced out the richness of the Chocolate.

We couldn’t fault the Cock & Hoop Pub even if we tried. It’s in a great location in the heart of Nottingham, with great food and atmosphere – what more would you want from a traditional English pub.

The Cock & Hoop Pub is joint with The Lace Market Hotel on 29-31 High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HE