Current owner Richard Anker-Simmons is based in Johannesburg and Hoedspruit but pays frequent visits to Grahamstown.  Born in England, he emigrated to South Africa in 1968.  After a few years in printing and publishing, he moved to the Northern Province (now Limpopo) to become a cattle rancher.  His farm was proclaimed a Natural Heritage site in the late 1980's and later became part of a game conservancy.

Richard also acquired the building adjacent to The Cock House.  This has been converted into four spacious and comfortable two bedroom self-catering apartments.  Richard transformed the facade of this building by erecting a modern day version of the beautiful Victorian balcony which graces the front of The Cock House.

Richard's experienced and dedicated team, all from the local community and many from the early days of this enterprise, promise you a warm welcome to this much loved Grahamstown landmark.

Assistant Manager Oswald Kate with Front of Houses Pamela (on left) and Thonekaand

Assistant Manager Oswald Kate with Front of Houses Pamela Matiwana (on left) and Thoneka Bongo

Fantastic and brilliant service by Oswald and Jean. Excellent food. I will recommend this beautiful establishment to anyone travelling to the Eastern Cape.
Matthew von Abbo, South Africa, August 2011
You have made me feel so welcome when I most needed it. Thanks.
Ariel Dorfman, Chile, Jul 1997
Everything was great. We have stayed here a few times, excellent food. Really appreciated the sandwiches provided for lunch time when restaurant was closed. Really enjoyable stay - we'll be back!
Mr and Mrs Le Roux, South Africa, April 2012