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The Cowherds

British, Gastropub, Wine Bar
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The Common, Southampton SO15 7NN, England
0238 055 8405
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 172
    Very good
  • 98
    Average
  • 68
    Poor
  • 53
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A must if near Southampton

Staying at a nearby Travelodge we decided to have a sort walk to the Cow Herd. Was not disappointed as it had a great atmosphere, good food and professional staff. We went there on a Saturday night and it was busy so booking is a must. We thought it would be expensive but £47.00 for two was really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
GARY B
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Wickford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Wickford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Staying at a nearby Travelodge we decided to have a sort walk to the Cow Herd. Was not disappointed as it had a great atmosphere, good food and professional staff. We went there on a Saturday night and it was busy so booking is a must. We thought it would be expensive but £47.00 for two was really good value.

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I have visited this pub on several occasions as my daughter is at Southampton University & this is an ideal place to go for a good meal at a reasonable price. We visited again this week & once again the food was excellent! The service is fast & the staff are very helpful & pleasant. We have dined inside &... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We came here for lunch expecting it to be average and convenient but were pleasntly surprised. There was a wide selection on the menu. The prices were very reasonable and the quality was good. There was a queue waiting for tables but we didn't feel under any pressure to eat up and leave. Would go back again.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Today was my second visit to the Cowherd. The first was much better! Today the service was very slow - waited almost an hour for our main course. The waitress did apologise saying food was delayed! The cheese garlic bread starter was awful - and we mentioned this to a waitress. It was dry, covered in masses of semi-cooked cheese... More 

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Southampton
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Such a shame that my great, local pub/restaurant has turned into a production line. Went for Sunday lunch and had to remind the waitress 3 times we were there despite booking a table and checking in with her on arrival. Ordered our roasts and they came within 2 mins so they'd clearly been pre-dished up and were sat waiting for... More 

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We stopped here for lunch on a Wednesday, arriving just after noon. It wasn't that busy but the food service took ages. We ordered Southern Fried Chicken each with Tear and Share Garlic Bread. The chicken was revolting! It certainly wasn't 'Southern Fried' unless you consider being deep fat fried in a Hampshire kitchen enough to qualify! It was covered... More 

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Southampton
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Needing somewhere for lunch at short notice, the Cowherds seemed like a good choice for parking and location at the edge of Southampton Common. I'd never visited before but I'd heard from others that the food was good, and I'd seen an online menu which seemed to bear that out. The Cowherds is a genuinely old inn and has retained... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Visited the pub for a quick lunch to give the place a try. We were disappointed with the food, as it was not as described and bland. Our main was the Southern Fried chicken with chips and confit tomato. In my world, Southern Fried does not mean deep fried with a chippy style greasy batter with no spices. The chicken... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As mentioned in the title the food was good but the service was so bad it was laughable. One particular waitress had an attitude which as a paying customer was unacceptable.Overall average at best.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I only ever go for an early evening meal or meeting friends straight from work. I have always found the service and food very good at these times, it is very convenient for the motorway. The service has always been very good and none of us has had any complaints. I guess judging by other comments the place was packed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Common, Southampton SO15 7NN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: 0238 055 8405

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Gastropub, Wine Bar
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?