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 Friday, January 15, 2010

Fine Dining: The Cock Inn, Diss
The Cock Inn, DissWhen you're searching for a lunchtime dining experience in the South Norfolk area, and when a sit-down meal in the local Morrisons just won't do, why not take a trip to the Cock? This 500-year old tavern overlooks Fair Green on the southern side of Diss, a few yards from the border with Suffolk, just down the road from the Angel Cafe and the chip shop. Turn left inside the porch, mind the step down, and the bar'll be on your right past the roaring log fire. Real ale afficionados will enjoy a CAMRA-approved range of ales, with pumps currently dispensing Woodforde's Wherry and Timothy Taylor Landlord. I eschewed the Adnams and plumped instead for a sparkling Aspall cyder to accompany my noontide meal. The Cock's Winter lunch menu (available Wednesday to Friday) is fairly brief in scope, but makes up in quality what it lacks in originality. One of my dining partners plumped for the chicken curry, which arrived moist and steaming and in good quantity. A ramekin of spice-flecked rice accompanied the dish, along with a pair of crisp asymmetrical poppadoms. I resisted the pork belly and crackling, preferring instead to sample a prime 6oz ribeye. The chef's peppercorn sauce had a sharp red tinge, while the salad was topped off with a lengthy vegetable peel draped like a flower. Of particular note were the succulent fries, more than enough for two to share, served up in a huge wooden chalice and place in the centre of the table. Devoured with gusto, they complemented an excellent meal enjoyed by all. Next time you're in the area, why not Disscover Disstinction at The Cock?

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