Sunday, 4 June 2017

The Fighting Cock, Bradford

The city of Bradford is home to some fine pubs and there has been a resurgence in opening new establishments in Sunbridge Wells and on North Parade. However on our trip to Bradford on Saturday afternoon we headed west out of the centre to The Fighting Cock on Park Street.

I am always re-assured when I see lots of empty barrels outside a pub as it usually indicates that the pub sells lots of beer and has a good range of ales. When we went inside we were not disappointed.

There were at least 10 handpumps on the bars with beer from all over the country. Local beers were from Salamander, Wishbone, Taylors and Stancill breweries. I started with a pint of Born Yesterday from Salamander, a pale refreshing, hoppy beer, ideal for a warm afternoon.

Following this theme we also sampled Volk from Wishbone in Keighley:

Bob's third choice was a pint of Dr Phobia from Oakham while I had another pale bitter called Orsino.

Phobia is a ruby coloured beer with a pale head. You get quite a surprise when you taste it with a big chocolate hit with spicy notes.

We only had time to sample a small portion of what the Fighting Cock had to offer. It is a basic , no nonsense pub where the main aim is to serve good beer in good condition. It does exactly that. If you  enjoy cask ale and you happen to be in Bradford then you could do a lot worse than head out of the centre up Thornton Road and go and sample the lovely beers available at the Fighting Cock.