The Cock and Donkey

Named affectionately so, as the town’s history depicts donkeys carrying loads off the ships.

A warm Rock Ferry welcome awaits behind the huge front door of The Cock and Donkey! Rock Ferry was once part of the Minsull Family Estate, and it wasn’t until the 19th century and the introduction of ferries and the railway that the luxurious villas were built in the area for the wealthy merchants and shipping magnates, drawn to the area by the Cammell Lairds ship yard and the proximity to Liverpool’s port and it’s global reach. The area was host to the famous Olympian Pleasure Gardens which featured piano concertos and regular comedy acts and recitals.

Move forward 100 years or so and the area had slipped into decline. The demise of the shipping industry, the opening of the Liverpool Tunnel, and unemployment all contributed to the decline in Rock Ferry. The debacle of the area was further reflected in the subsequent dereliction of the former luxury homes, the closure of many shops and businesses in the area and the derogation of local housing to a poor state. Most of the pubs had closed down as well.

However, the last 10 years has seen resurgence in the area! Tonnes of nice new houses, bringing new families to the area, the return of industry to the docklands and Cammel Lairds, and a hardworking and resilient energy in the area we couldn’t resist!

The Donkey was one of the last remaining, still standing derelict pubs in the area. In the centre of town it was the natural heart of the community. 

We threw our usual mix of leather and wood panelling, cask ale and friendly service, and importantly love and care into the former gem; and the community have supported it’s return whole heartedly.

God love the Donkey, and all who sail in her!

292 Old Chester Road Rock Ferry CH42 3XD