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The Cowherds

The Common, Southampton, SO15 7NN +44 2081281908

((((* British
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30

Food good service excellent

Alan Haikney 07 October 2016
from Southampton

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Faced with the famous wildlife reserve, Southampton Commons, The Cowherds is situated next to a pretty wild haven, and also near central Southampton and the university. The charming rustic design reflects the traditional British pub menu, and the al fresco beer garden has beautiful views over the Commons.

Hearty Sunday roasts and trusty British dishes head The Cowherds menu, and a range just for kids offers mini versions of pub favourites. Signature Vintage pies offer fillings like beef & merlot with buttered peas, while The Cowherds ‘Vintage classics’ menu includes lemon & garlic-roasted chicken with seasoned chips.

Paying homage to the Great British pub, the Vintage Inn bar stock includes cask-conditioned beers, real ales and a meticulously compiled wine list. Thirst-quenching offerings include seasonal non-alcoholic cocktails and freshly-pressed juices, and rich coffee is brewed freshly throughout the day.

The Cowherds is only a 6-minute drive from Southampton Central Railway Station.

The Cowherds

The Common, Southampton, SO15 7NN

Contact +44 2380558405
Reservations +44 2081281908

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Customer reviews for The Cowherds

3.9 ((((* (based on 59 reviews)
88% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (37)
  • lunch (33)
  • value (24)
  • private dining (13)
  • child friendly (11)
  • large parties (9)
  • business (7)
  • romantic (7)
  • al fresco (6)
  • views (5)
  • luxury (4)
  • trendy (4)
  • afternoon tea (2)
  • breakfast (2)
  • (((** by from Southampton

    Nice environment to eat in; the risotto was served up cold and had to be sent back for re-heating; the food was neverthless very tasty if a bit on the luckewarm side; service staff seemed rushed off their feet yet the restauarent was probabaly only about 40% full (5.30 to 6.00pm); neverthless the staff were as pleasant and attentive as they could be.

    The impression was that there were insufficient staff on duty in the kitchen and the restaurant for the number of customers.

    We had a 20% off deal and had to send the original bill back for adjustment as we had been charged full price.

    We still quite enjoyed the experience - had some of the food not been just warm would have given it 4 stars.

  • ((((( by from London Borough of Bromley

    Good service, nice tasty roast, good portions. Parking a bit tight.

  • ((((* by from Southampton

    I had Roast beef dinner and my guest had the Turkey roast. They were both delicious, though there was not a lot of it. The choice of desserts were disappointing, with nothing that inspired us to try, so we chose to not have one.
    Came away feeling that we had not had quite enough to fill us. What we did have though was very nice indeed.

  • ((((( by from Southampton

    Excellent service. God food. Reasonable prices.,

  • ((((( by from Southampton

    Food good service excellent

  • ((*** by from Southampton

    We were really looking forward to dining here as daughter is in uni and we thought it would be a regular lunch venue but the food was cold, the table next to us returned theirs then a returned meal was sent back again, not the best impression.

  • ((((( by from Southampton

    Excellent food and service

  • ((((( by from London Borough of Bromley

    Very friendly polite staff, we arrived slightly early and table was ready anyway. Food delivered in a reasonable smount of time. Portions were more than expected and of good quality. Would recommend eating here.

  • ((((( by from Southampton

    Excellent - nice table - good service and food.

  • ((((( by from Southampton

    Enjoyed the plaice dish very much.

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