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Reading's Cocks's Sauce to be recreated
by Emma Midgley
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Cock's Readig Sauce
Cock's Reading Sauce was popular in the 19th Century

During the Victorian era it rivalled Worcestershire Sauce in the nation's affections.

Reading Sauce is even mentioned in the book Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

However during the 1900s, Reading's Cocks's Sauce, fell out of favour with the public.

Now a Reading restaurant is to recreate the once-famous sauce, with ingredients including walnut ketchup, mushroom ketchup, soy sauce and anchovies.

Fish sauce

The sauce also includes chillies, spices, salt and garlic.

It has been revived by a restaurant called LSQ2 in Reading following a campaign by the Reading Post's deputy editor Hilary Scott.

Owner of LSQ2 Tony Cole is hoping to negotiate a deal with local shops so that others will be able to sample the iconic sauce from Reading.

According to Reading Museum Service , Cocks's Sauce was invented by James Cocks, who opened a fishmongers shop on Butcher's Row in 1789 (now part of Broad Street and King Street).

Within a decade he had moved his shop to Duke Street and from 1802 was marketing a fish sauce he had devised with his wife Ann.

Market share

Reading Sauce became a household favourite in England and overseas for more than a century.

In Jules Verne's 1872 adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days, the hero Phileas Fogg breakfasts at London's Reform Club on "broiled fish with Reading sauce".

After James died his son Charles took over the business, opening a larger factory on the King's Road in the 1830s, now the site of Reading Central Library.

After the company's early promise its market share gradually declined, as it failed to keep up with the level of marketing of newer rivals such as Lea & Perrins.

The company was sold by the Cocks family in 1901 and survived until 1962.




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