East Anglia Region

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


2 Stansted Road
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 2DX
Telephone(01279) 652386
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Opening times: Mon–Thu 16:00-23:00; Fri 15:00-23:00; Sat and Sun 12:00-24:00
Regular beers: Fuller's London Pride, Sharp's Doom Bar, Timothy Taylor Boltmaker

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

Constructed around 1547, it has been a tavern since 1620 and was first known as the Black Lion. In 1749 it was renamed the Vernon’s Head and at some later date, the Cock Inn. In an upstairs landing is said to be a priest’s hiding hole – a secretive place built into the fabric of many such buildings – and this one may well have been used in the 18th century by the notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin. A wet led pub. lots of beer drunk by large cross section of the community. No food.