The Cock

The Cock, Broom. Bedfordshire SG18 9NA

An outwardly unassuming pub in a rather ordinary village that conceals a wonderful unspoilt interior that features on CAMRA’s National Inventory. It is one of the few pubs left in the country without a bar counter as such, with beer being served from a door leading into the slightly sunken “cellar”. The interior comprises a public bar on the left with table skittles, a couple of wood-panelled snugs on the right, both with extensive fixed seating, an open seating area by the servery, and a dining room at the back. Snacks and full meals are served, but are not allowed to dominate. For many years a Greene King tied house, it still serves IPA and Abbot Ale on gravity together with two or three guests including ones from local breweries such as Buntingford. The casks have cooling jackets so you won’t get a warm pint.

It is close to the Shuttleworth Collection of historic aircraft at Old Warden, which is well worth a visit.