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Desmin - 4 May 2017 07:30
Probably the best ale pub in Bradford but it is a bit of a trek out from town in a pretty desolate area. It is your typical bare boards, wooden seats establishment though minus the flat hat and whippets.
Snarling_Mallard - 13 Jun 2016 11:54
The TFC reminds me of an excellent pub I visited in the 1980s called the Bradfordian---in fact it may be one and the same place. A basic, classic traditional heritage pub with 8 handpumps (or was it 10?---I stopped counting). Not to be missed!
16jamesdoc - 15 Aug 2014 10:17
I went in here for the first time on 27/2/13 and i was impressed by the various real ales that the pub served. I went in approx 3.30pm and left around 8.00pm even though i was only calling in for a couple of pints. It had been recommended to me by my partner who had been a regular customer in the 1980's and 90's. I would highly recommend this pub to anybody.
wiggy17 - 3 Mar 2013 21:38
This pub should be demolished immediately - and rebuilt at the bottom of my road. Quite simply the best old-fashioned, backstreet boozer I've visited in a long time.
djw - 9 Jan 2013 22:59
It's a plain old fashioned BOOZER, with mixed boozer clientele and great beer. Love it.
Richardhuddleston - 1 Jan 2013 16:11
The best of 4 pubs we tried in Bradford midweek. I would say this place is worthy of its place in the top 20 on the site. The location is a little run down. But at least parking outside was easy. There are 10 ales on offer, plus 3 ciders - Growler Lemon Head, Derventio Boars Head, Theakston old Peculier, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Best Bitter & Dark Mild, Pictish Doctor Rudi, Wylam Chinook, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Glentworth Henpecked & Greene King Abbot Ale. The ciders were Westons Old Rosie, Hogans Panking Pole and another from the London Cider Co. The pub has plenty of character and is divided into 3 distinct drinking areas. Although we did wonder as to how authentic the traditional look actually was. Is it made to look this way? There are plenty of old beer and cider bottles to admire on shelves high up near the ceiling. If I had only one criticism, it was that the service and the interaction with the locals seemed a bit 'cold'. Otherwise, this is a top pub and one I'm sure I will return to next time I am in Bradford.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Sep 2012 19:47
Proper Pleasant Yorkshire Pub - good ale and for that matter lager from round the world on tap selection. Ale was brilliantly priced at circa 2.50. Wood board floor, wood board chairs, wood board tables i could go on - I almost expected chickens to be scuttling about - seriously an ace ale pub - finest of the north so far found. Not luxurious so if your taking a lady she better be hardy.
parmantom - 10 Sep 2012 13:02
Situated amongst Bradfords seedy industrial backstreets I was speechless when I walked into this pub. A great crowd with a warm buzz of banter and a fantastic selection of ales, the Copper Dragon Golden Pippin was brilliant. After drinking 7 pints I staggered off to find curry. I hope I get the chance to return to this pub again, one I dont think I will ever forget....
ratfan - 31 Mar 2012 19:38
It's generally basic but not spit & sawdust. Wide selection of ales etc etc etc as noted by others and even on a very busy evening the service was excellent.
I was given directions by two people on how to find it and I detect a developing meme that it is a hike. However from the University central precinct it took me all of ten minutes' sedate walking down Richmond Road, left and across to Preston St and I was there before I knew it. Recherche unnecessary.
_grobag_ - 12 Mar 2012 00:39
It's a bit of a hike from the centre of Bradford, but well worth the effort. Particularly enjoyed the Rat & Ratchet beer from Huddersfield, along with other Yorkshire micros. One of those pubs you don't want to leave.....
JBGatelad - 19 Dec 2011 12:53
Every time I visit I can ask the staff about the beer and will find a few that I'm glad I tried plus a few old favourites. Basic seating, very basic toilets, it doesn't matter because its all about the beer! I used to live in Bradford, I think its the FC I miss the most, its certainly the spot I always revisit.
cheekychinchilla - 16 Jul 2011 00:25
been going in here since the very first night it opened an absolutely cracking pub. decent enough prices, and great friendly folk, and barstaff, if you have'nt been here you don't know what you are missing.
birstallblue - 20 Jun 2011 13:14
easily bradfords best real ale house. every visit the beer has been in tip top form, also a good selection of real ciders and perry.ok ther are no creature comforts and the food menu is limited but if your looking for good quality ales, regulary changing guests from all corners of britain.the fighting cock has to be a destination venue.. oh and by the way if you are hungry and want a indian turn left out of the door walk to the top of the street turn left again to the punjab grill house.easily the best pub and indian,within 500yds of each other.....bliss
loiner8 - 25 Jan 2011 09:24
Visited at 1pm on Saturday. A dozen people in. No music on, but Sky Sports was. No-one was interested in it, however.

This is a pub of the kind rarely found these days: hard floors, lousy decorations, tatty furniture etc etc...but unique and laden with atmosphere. Its years since I was last in, but immediately felt welcome.

Knowledgeable bar staff who guided me to exactly what I wanted from a range of largely unfamiliar beers (Taylor's well represented, but avoided them). The beer was and remains well-kept and served at eaxcly the right temperature (slightly cool, but not cold enough to impair the flavour)

Restriced menu but went for the chilli, which was unusual but delicious.
ThePoorLad - 7 Nov 2010 10:47
Easily Bradford best. Proper bloody boozer. LOADS of real ales, ciders and filthy great Pigbits (scratchings to the uninitiated). Spit and sawdust. No hot Food.....no family area...no karaoke. Truely great. Just go there!
Seve1974 - 24 Aug 2010 20:46
Wonderful place. Proper ale with some wonderful guest beers on. Does anybody know who that guy with the long beard is who seems to always be in there whatever day and time it is?
wooly2708 - 4 Aug 2010 23:38
This is a boozer, not a gastropub, they sell superb real ales and a damn fine chilli, in a basic pub.
scripendavies - 9 Jun 2010 13:48
If you want gastronomic delights - don't go here

If you want creature comforts like clean toilets - don't go here

If you want panoramic views - don't go here !

If, however, you appreciate an excellent range of well kept beers, including Theakstons Old Peculier, and good cameraderie then this is the place for you.

Obsolutely wonderful - my highest rating for BITE yet 9/10.
Martinsh - 7 May 2010 00:07
Likeable, simple real ale haven in a perhaps less than appealing part of Bradford, close to the university. An excellent range of beers, both regular and guests from across Yorkshire; Breweries represented on my visit included Abbeydale, Kelham Island, Allgates, Ilkley and Timothy Taylor. There's a couple of tellies and a fruit machine but little else; The interior could fairly be filed under the 'spit & sawdust' category. Its still pretty good, as the positive comments on here testify.
ChrisP87 - 2 May 2010 17:40
The original ale house in Bradford, and in the 30 plus years I've been going there, it never fails to deliver. Red Lion White Lion from Bob's Brewery in Ossett always available. This is a beer everyone should try.
arihall - 23 Mar 2010 17:12
The best pub I know of in the area.
peculiarandold - 16 Mar 2010 14:42
Great beers, good staff and a friendly atmosphere. Spit & Swadust ambience. My only gripe is the gents are a bit on the grim side. Some hot water and soap wouldn't go amiss. Not seen any in there in 19 years! Nonetheless it's the best pub near to Bradford town centre if you like real ale. Also there's a good curry house in walking distance on Legrams Lane.
Bagsy - 9 Feb 2010 13:43
A cracking good pub with excellent ales, good ambience and friendly throughout. Its only problem is its' location; a bit out of the way but if you know it, you go it!
nogginthenogg - 4 Feb 2010 10:31
Great pub, as good as it gets in fact - but must put Evoflash straight. 3 iPhones at one table today (not that I disapprove)

Much more worrying was the sight of a pack of Melton Mowbray pies. WHY? This is the North. Home of great pork pies. We have no need for that sort of tat

Mae do with a bowl of chilli - which was outstanding
InterPorkPies - 2 Jan 2010 21:18
If you like real ale in a real pub with real people who aren't over-concerned with expensive haircuts and the latest gadget from Apple, then you'll love the Fighting Cock.

This pub epitomises all that is good about going to the pub. Probably the best choice of ales in Yorkshire, superb friendly staff who make you feel so welcome, and an atmosphere that whispers "take a seat and enjoy that pint". I'm delighted to count the Fighting Cock as one of my favourite pubs of all time.
Evoflash - 27 Aug 2008 10:42
I think all of the places around the Fighting Cock that employed people who would have a pint after work have gone the way of flint knappers and efficient local government; but there were still plenty in today, and there were free bread and dripping (with a salt pot) and all the beers I had were as good as pub could make them.
bradwan - 21 May 2008 22:35
One of my favourite pubs w- why is it not registered, surely it is still there.
douglasdarkwater - 5 Feb 2008 07:33
Tucked away, just south off the Thornton Road, about 10 minutes walk from the Town Hall. Well worth finding with a good selection of real ales, bar snacks and a warm welcome. Unfortunately, only had time for 1 pint. Can understand why people travel from far and wide to make a bee-line for this pub.
BruceMasters - 24 Nov 2007 10:48
Bradford's original ale house opened in 1983, in an area made up of heavy industry, and a largely Muslim residential community. Up to 10 real ales are available, as well as delicious bar food - the chilli is very good. Along with the Corn Dolly, the Fighting Cock is one to visit if you're in Bradford.
fairport79 - 14 Feb 2007 23:52
avoid the prostitutes outside (its in bradfords red light district) but still well worth a visit for the massive selection of real ales on offer for which its won awards in the past.
beddy - 28 Jan 2007 20:52

good old fashion pub with 10 cask ales
kev - 31 Dec 2006 15:10
Nowhere to sit: go for the drinks. Probably the best range of beers and other goodies (including ciders) in Bradford. In middle of post-apocalyptic quarter of city.
thedts - 5 Sep 2006 02:52
A proper "spit and sawdust" pub with a massive range of Real Ale and fantastic food (made in the bar and sold very very cheaply). It was busy at lunchtime with people who work locally (car salesmen especially) but it quietened down over the afternoon. There did seem to be a few regulars popping in for a pint with their dog but they were friendly enough. Worth a visit.
AngeK - 18 Feb 2006 15:54
the "warrior pen*s", as it is often referred to, is rubbish. ironically, its full of total co*ks.
alcohol - 23 Feb 2005 12:38
visited this great pub when in bradford,its abit off the beaten track but worth the walk
arch11 - 10 Feb 2005 17:34
How fantastic that my comment will appear beneath that of Mr Wilkin, well known for his lambing smock, and a man with whom I have enjoyed many pleasant evenings in this, the best of all Bradford's real ale houses.
Worth a 10 mile bus ride any night of the week, especially if you are 35+. Love the juke box.
themlot - 29 Jan 2005 21:26
Fantastic pub, not too many students bother to walk this far from campus. Can get crowded so hard to get seating on fri and sat nights - get here early. Real cider as well as real ale.
cehopwood - 21 Jan 2005 21:58
As a student at Bradford this was the scene of the infamous cycle crawl of 2004 when myself and a friend (Alex) went on a real ale crawl around Bradford, a bit scary at the end but we felt great.

The Fighting Cock is without doubt the best Real Ale Pub I've ever been to. Great beer with bread and dripping on the bar (an aquired taste). I agree about the decor but I wasn't in there to look at the picture, just the bottom of a pint glass.
Simon_T - 13 Jan 2005 17:36
Excellent ales and knowledgeable friendly staff, would definately visit again, although lacks any female presence and tunes on the jukebox a bit dated. The b&w photos very interesting but display of old bottles/currency notes/beer mats totally un-original and boring.Like many real ale houses this one could do with a touch more life and a bit of humour instead of a Greenpeace meeting atmosphere. But I bet it's different again on a busy weekend and can't wait to find out, anyway the beer's the most important and I'd rate it 'The Best Pint in Bradford'....so far.
mrBean - 11 Jan 2005 11:50
If you're into real ale, you could die in here! Not easy to find. There's a minicab firm up the street if you're in need of one after a session.
Vasili - 28 Jul 2004 16:56
This is a great pub, good atmosphere, excellent ales and good staff. 8.5/10
Bob Godsalve - 18 Jul 2004 17:32
A vast array of real ales and guest ales. Friendly atmosphere.
popular, well liked pub, perfect before a kashmir curry!
Michael wilkin - 11 May 2004 09:44

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