Chip Advisor

The Cock & Rabbit

The Lee

67.5%

Up down pub ranking

Beer:
Good: Cock & Rabbit (£3.30, Morlands) was smooth & tangy whilst the IPA was…well, I don’t know, but it looked OK and also at £3.30, very well-priced [see Mick's subsequent comment below]. I don't think anybody tried the Doombar (or if they did, they didn't admit it) and there were a couple of lager drinkers (who also stayed reasonably quiet) so admittedly we’re looking at quite a restricted sample. Not so good : limited range of ales, but then you drink what’s in front of you, don’t you? However, per Mick "Can't agree with the score given. I thought the beer was bloody poor. Weak Morlands & IPA which I was forced to leave half a pint of, a hash first!!! 3/10". So, in light of this, I've taken my original beer rating down a point to '6' which seems fair, as although the range was limited, most people enjoyed it + it was cheap.
Not beer:
£2 lime & soda and I didn’t catch how much a coke cost but from the limited Hash Maths available, we managed to work out that it ‘wasn’t all that cheap’. Per Mick "Softs - No girlies so no opinion."
Food
Doughnuts as a starter, followed by an aperitif of Shortbread and Chips & Sausages as the main event - this was a proper 3-course hash meal and proved very popular…so much so that I hear calls for the Hash Xmas Menu to be immediately changed…or for Gerry to have an Anniversary Run more often! In fact some sweet-toothed hashers transformed it into a 4-course meal with a double-header of doughnuts both before & after the hash, so thanks to Matt R for importing that particular Berkshire Hash tradition….and for Roz for supplying the sugar-filled monsters. Faced with such a smorgasbord on offer, all served on tables (we’ll gloss over the tablecloths on this occasion) and with proper plates, there can only be one score….10! Which incidentally was also the number of hours it took for the sugar high to wear off. Per Mick Chips et al - Fantabulous chips and other grub 10/10."
Hashmosphere
Reasonable parking to be had once you found your way to The Lee, which saw some hashers forge new roads, thereby inventing the sport of C-ashing (Car Hashing). A somewhat eclectic set-up with entry to the pub via the rear door whereupon you enter an Alice-in-Wonderland type reception area, with multiple doorways all overshadowed by a large wooden statue of (on closer inspection) a Cock and a Rabbit. Once through the ‘right’ door (i.e. not the toilets or the kitchen), it was a feast for the eyes summed up in one work - chintz. If you suffered from hay fever, this room would probably have set it off, with an ever-present pink, floral theme throughout. However, very cosy (more restaurant than pub) with a nice bar area at the end of the room adding a touch of class to proceedings, from the Italian barman down to the olives on the counter (even cocktail sticks were provided). Per Mick "Hashmosphere - It was like stepping into someone's lounge many years ago. Tatty but decent craic 7/10. "

Comments

Hummery:  Take a large dose of chintz, an eclectic set-up, plus a helping of old-world hospitality, throw together with copious quantities of food, wash down with good-value satisfying ales, then add olives at the bar for good measure and, voilà - you’ve recreated  the Cock & Rabbit!

 

Overheard on the hash (24th November 2015) 

“Meatballs & custard - probably not the ideal pre-hashing meal” [Nikki makes sure that nobody is about to follow her over the stiles too closely]

“The Cock & ‘Ave-it - isn’t that the type of pub where East End criminals come to lie low?” “Maybe it’s The Cock & Grab-it, more of a pulling joint?” [Matt & Mark debate the provenance of the pub]

“You can probably tell by now why the locals call this path ‘The Somme’”  “Unexploded ordnance?” [Gerry’s Statement of The Bleedin’ Obvious is treated with the contempt it deserved]

“AAAAAARRHHHHHH…oh sweet Jesus Christ…..EEEEOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!” [Hawkeye tweaks his little toe, causing a Keystone Cops-style pile up as he comes to a dead stop on the narrow muddy trail]

“I expected to see ‘Search & Rescue’ appear at any moment - no need for a formal call-out after that sort of yell.” “Bit disappointed myself - when a man with 2 leg braces yells like that, you’re expecting at least a cruciate ligament or two” “Yup, I’d predicted a torn Achilles….bit of an anti-climax really?” [the remainder of the Hash prove less than sympathetic to Hawkeye’s discomfort]

“Go on son, on me head” [a few seconds later, a football whizzes inches from Kev's face] ”Woah - that was close…almost hit me! On second thoughts, I wish it had - would have made for a good story”

[A few minutes later…..] “Ouch!”  “What was the Kev?”  “I just had a little dispute with a barbed wire fence…but I wasn’t going to yell about it like Hawkeye” [cue blood pumping from Kev’s hand…along with a self-satisfied manly smile]

“I couldn’t find anything for a 23rd anniversary, so I went for Silk (11th) & Steel (12th)” [Roger shows his romantic side and presents Gerry with a token of his affection] “Do you get a t shirt with that as well?” [Mike shows his less-romantic side]

“He’s a very muddy boy - he’s going to have to drive back home naked” “Why’s that?” “Well, it’s my car and I don’t want it getting filthy inside” [Zac ponders a very uncomfortable journey home]

[Finally, especially for Hawkeye, as we pondered ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ whilst running] “I have always been of the opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing.  Which do you know?”

 


Hashes

No. Date Hare Details
152113/08/19Doormat
132224/11/15IGSH
103912/10/10Happy Feet & Doormat