Future of the Cock Tavern looks brighter after fire escape row is resolved

Work is due to begin

Tuesday, 3rd May — By Harry Taylor

Cock Tavern

The Cock Tavern in Somers Town 

THE future of a Somers Town back-street pub’s function room has been given some certainty, after a long-running wrangle over a fire escape was settled.

The Cock Tavern will be getting a fire escape from its first-floor function room after more than a year of discussions between its owner, the chair of Walker House Tenants and Residents Association and the council.

There had been confusion over stalled works, with one party placing responsibility on the other as the pub sought to meet fire regulations.

The owner, Guy Ziser of Flamestrike Ltd, then put an application into Camden Council to turn the function room into flats – hoping this would force the council’s hand over accepting the fire escape.

Nearly a year later, work is due to start.

Sheila Gavigan, landlady of the pub in Phoenix Road for nearly 23 years, said: “It’s definitely good news for everyone, for the community, after the hard work that has been done. It’s the only place around here where you can hire a space for free – well, we occasionally ask them to put £10 in for Cancer Research – but it’s free.”

Mr Ziser said: “We have reached an agreement and are now working through the technical details to implement the new fire escape and bring the function room back into use as intended. “The plans also include a new kitchen for the pub which will allow them to serve a wider food offering.”

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