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The Cowherds

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The Common, Southampton SO15 7NN, England
+44 23 8055 8405
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

... and some things still are - it's a lovely building with plenty of cosy nooks. That's as far as it goes nowadays it unfortunately. Food used to be expensive but yummy, now it's more expensive and far less yummy. I had hunters chicken which was fine, but the promised "triple cooked chips" were anything but that. The chips were... More 

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As ever when in Southampton on a Saturday evening we were seeing our son perform in a concert nearby. We booked a table for 2. Amber the very helpful waitress showed to us to our table. Just as we sat down to order, our son unexpectedly texted to say he would like to join us. Amber helpfully found us new... More 

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Thank Jon P
Terry A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Hi Jon, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us. I am really pleased to read about your experience and I will be sure to pass on your comments to Amber. We all hope that the concert went well and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Kindest regards Terry Ayres Deputy manager More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Cowherds offers a good range of food, I had a lovely steak today cooked exactly as requested. The atmosphere and service were very good. There was a mix up with tables when we first arrived but this was sorted out quickly.

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Thank linkeitley
Terry A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your steak. I am glad that we sorted this out for you :) Many thanks Terry Ayres Deputy manager More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The pub itself is very nice and cosy, great for families and friends. However, paying 95p for cordial is so excessive, especially when you get charged for a pint and don't get the full measure. The starters and mains came out together, and then we had to ask for the table to be cleared to be able to eat our... More 

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Thank Bombayandschweppes
Terry A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit to the Cowherds. I am glad that you enjoyed the ambiance inside our pub. I am disappointed to hear that you find 95p excessive for a pint of cordial, unfortunately we have no control over the pricing in the pub and these are set in order for the... More 

Farnham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice lunch in good atmosphere and clean pub. Good menu, and decent portion sizes too. Would definitely recommend you try it and we will be back again!

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Thank Annmarie1066
Terry A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Thank you Ann Marie, I am glad you enjoyed your lunch with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon :) Many thanks Terry Ayres Deputy manager More 

South Coast
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We booked a Sunday afternoon meal for 3pm for 6 of us. Turned up at 3 and were shown to our table. The pub was busy, not packed, but the staff they had on were obviously struggling to cope. The piles of used plates, glasses and cutlery were a sign that all was not well. We ordered drinks which took... More 

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Thank KevvyH
Terry A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit to the Cowherds, firstly I would like to apologise for your experience, as you can see from the number of reviews that we get we are a very busy pub and occasionally things do go wrong but this is what we use to develop and improve our service... More 

Taunton, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely pub very large and spacious. Plenty of rustic features and has a nice country feel to it . Staff very friendly and helpful . Bar had loads of different real ales and ciders.etc Menu was varied and well priced .

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Thank Jonathan L
General Manager A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, I am really glad you enjoyed your time with us. We always try to have a great selection of both local ales and those little gems from further afield. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks Terry Ayres Deputy manager More 

southampton
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Convenientlly placed at the bottom of the Avenue, the Cowherds is a great place to end a walk on the common, perhaps with the chldren or grandchldren or meeting up with friends from the new forest side of town. The food, service and atmosphere is convivial and consistent and the pub has a welcoming ambience.

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Thank uffa956
Terry A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our pub, as I've said before it is lovely to hear that the food, service and atmosphere is consistent. They are obviously the key areas that we focus on and hearing people have enjoyed their time with us makes all of our hard work worth while. We hope to see you again... More 

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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the first opportunity to have a lunch with my wife now I am retired I have been to the cowherd in the evening and I have come away with the same impression great food nice clean surroundings and Terry who served us was excellent we will be sure to bring our friends and family and for me no... More 

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Thank Neil C
Terry A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Hi Neil, It really is a pleasure for me to sit and read reviews like this, I really would like to thank you for taking the time to post your experience online. This is exactly what we strive for, great service, great surroundings and great food. I would like to try and take credit for the service you received when... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eaten here many times and never once had a bad meal. Absolutely love this pub. Right by the Common so great location and a real traditional country feel inside.

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Thank blm1893
Terry A, Manager at The Cowherds, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind words, we do pride ourselves on being a great country pub (even if we are just out of the countryside). I am pleased to hear about the consistency of the food and the atmosphere inside. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks Terry Ayres Deputy manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $22
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Common, Southampton SO15 7NN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 23 8055 8405
Description
The Cowherds in Southampton is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the tiled section of our pub. Choose from casual and formal dining Monday to Friday, same menu.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?