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The Cowherds

British, Wine Bar, Gastropub
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The Common, Southampton SO15 7NN, England
0238 055 8405
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Today
11:30 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

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 179
    Very good
  • 107
    Average
  • 75
    Poor
  • 56
    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
Good and Not So Good...

We went here on the way back from the day in Southampton. We went in, and were seated at a table where we had to go order our food and wait. One of us got their food very early, 2 a little later, and finally, our other two in the party had to flag down a waitress 2 or 3... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
bonds77
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Holland, MI
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Holland, MI
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We went here on the way back from the day in Southampton. We went in, and were seated at a table where we had to go order our food and wait. One of us got their food very early, 2 a little later, and finally, our other two in the party had to flag down a waitress 2 or 3... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

my wife and i recently went to the cowherds for an evening meal.on arrival my wife noticed the dirty floor,saying to me "should it be like that".I said don't worry.This was a bad decision.We got shown to our table and ordered drinks.after a long wait got them and ordered the food.The food took ages to arrive,so long that my pint... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Had dinner here after work one evening and will not be going back. Service was terrible. Food very average. Typical mass produced pub food.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We've been here twice for Sunday lunch. First thing is, no idea about any other time of the week but you definitely have to book for Sunday lunchtime! There's a queue of hopeful customers standing around the bar hoping to get a table. The pub is nicely done out inside, it fits a lot of people in without feeling too... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I have wanted to go to the Cowherds for ages and I finally arranged an early dinner with my friend a couple of weeks ago to go. I really just don't know what's going on with it... I arrived early and was told to grab a table in the bar for bar service or find a table anywhere in the... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Attended the cowherds for a lovely meal with friends. On arrival it was clearly busy but the weather may have had something to do with it. On going inside we asked for a table for 3, advised to go to the bar and grab a drink whilst they prepared table. The bar was busy and only two people serving customers.... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I have visited the cowherds a number of times over the past 15 years and each time i wish i hadn`t. I keep hoping that the food and service will get better but yet again i was sorely mistaken. I visited The Cowherds on a lovely sunny sunday lunchtime. The biggest selling point for this pub is it`s location and... More 

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england
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Two of us went for lunch yesterday at the Cowherds. We had 2 courses from their Lite Bites Menu. Always very nice, and freshly cooked. Good choice of Vegetarian options as well. Easy parking, on a bus route too, and a nice walk across the Common afterwards. The Cowherds changes its Menu every 6 months. I think it's this Thursday.... More 

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Billingshurst
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

When I lived in Southampton,many years ago, I would go to the Cowherds on a Sunday lunchtime. As I was in Southampton with my family for a few days we called into the Cowherds for a meal. We were accommodated even though we had not booked a table. I can highly recommend the food and the service. Although it was... More 

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Belfast
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

After a walk around the common we decided to try an early lunch, and having popped into Cowherds for a coffee before we were tempted to return for food. The queue outside the restaurant at 12pm was bound to be a sign!!!! Even though the restaurant were fully booked, they found us a seat. The service was definitely with a... 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, Wine Bar, Gastropub
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?