Dear diners, please be aware that tables booked online are available for two hours only. To enquire about a lengthier booking, please contact the restaurant directly.
Also, for diners wishing to select the festive menu, a deposit of £10 per guest, and pre-ordering is required. Thank you.
Recently renovated and exceptionally charming, The Bird in Hand is one of those country pubs that has earnt a marvellous reputation through being everything that a British country pub and restaurant should. South Hampshire loves this place, and it’s very much a jewel in the crown of Waterlooville specifically. Steeped in history and offering a range of exciting menus for any time of day, keen diners can find Bird in Hand just outside Cowplain on the edge of the village of Lovedean. It sits proudly and beautifully on Lovedean Lane where an experienced and passionate team wait to welcome you with undeniable British hospitality. A visit is simply essential.
As you drive north of Waterlooville up Lovedean Lane, you’ll know you’ve arrived at Bird in Hand when you see a splendid Tudor-style cottage and you smell the distinctive aromas of classic British dishes. That’s all you’ll need to get you through the door of this fantastic country pub and restaurant in Cowplain but, once inside, the dark wooden flooring, original exposed beams, open log fire and classic bar stools may just make you fall in love. Bird in Hand is the perfect spot for casual British dining and, as you may have gathered by now, the setting on the edge of Lovedean village is just stunning. Blessing this part of Hampshire since the 1800’s, the building was once the local bakers and greengrocers. Heck, it was even the hiding place of the FA Cup during the Second World War.
Of course, the food on offer at Cowplain’s Bird in Hand lives up to the same standards. All dishes are homemade using the finest seasonal and local ingredients by a team of chefs who are passionate and knowledgeable. Menus are thoughtful with a rotating a la carte (according to the season) as well as lunch, afternoon tea and the children all being taken care of, too. There are even gluten-free and dairy-free menus – Bird in Hand, as you can see, caters for all of Waterlooville. Regardless of the menu you’re choosing from, expect gourmet British classics done absolutely right: honey glazed ham, pie of the day, rack of lamb or slow-cooked pork belly with black pudding crumb, to name a few. Sandwiches are made to order, salads are fresh and oh, the wine list is excellent. Reserve a table at this gem in Waterlooville, you simply will not regret it.
First time we'd ever been to The bird in hand and it's very safe to say it won't be our last. My girlfriend and I both walked away from the pub after an amazing meal saying it was the best meal of our lives
Great food, super service and helpful staff. What more can you want.We ate early but were glad we had booked as the pub filled quite quickly.
I've been here numerous times now and as always it never fails to deliver. It really is my go to restaurant for all occasions when I'm back visiting. Looking forward to another visit soon
Great service and atmosphere and food outstanding - staff attentive and polite - would definitely recommend . The manager Amy was visible throughout the evening and clearly has rapport with both staff and customers
Really loved eating at TBIH last week. However I do have some observations & criticisms. I have to say the Moroccan Lamb pie was one of the best pies I've ever had it was absolutely delicious but there wasn't enough mash or gravy and I'd rather pay a slightly higher price for a meal to include vegetables. I didn't like the fact we had some vegetables & fries that added £6 to my meal. However, I was really disappointed with my starter - pigeon. It wasn't cheap for 2 small slices of pigeon breast, that I'd also expected to be hot. So when they arrived cold it wasn't a great experience. Overall didn't rate this starter. I absolutely loved the selection of different gins available and the way they were presented - first class. The service was nothing short of excellent and there seemed like plenty of staff on hand to assist at a moments notice. I would want to go all the time but the cost overall is what would keep me back so it was and will be a well earned treat to eat at TBIH. Loved it. (Please add vegetables to main meals it'll mean I will visit more frequently)
We can honestly say that 'The Bird In Hand' was one of the best dining experiences we've had! We went there for a Sunday roast and were bowled over by the size...it was huge! It made other roasts we had pretty insignificant and we can't wait to go back! It was fantastic value for money and superbly delicious! The dessert I chose was 'cheesecake of the day' and that too shone amongst others I've had. All the staff were attentive to our needs and despite being a full house, we were served our meal in what seemed like minutes of arriving. The complimentary homemade bread and chilli and tomato butter on arrival added a very pleasant touch. This is one of the very few places we've tried that got everything spot on and the staff were a joy...friendly and courteous at all times! A DELIGHTFUL AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE!
Food was good, atmosphere very good. But the service was very poor, as we were seated in a corner of the bar and ignored almost entirely by the staff; everytime we wanted to order or ask for something, we had to go up to the bar and ask, nobody came over, even though we could see our waiter chatting and serving people behind the bar. Equally, paying £18 for a meal, I was very dissapointed by the size of the meal. This would not have been a problem if the food was good, but it was no better than and actually worse than other places, in similiar locations, who charge far less for more of a portion. Very dissapointed considering I have been a loyal and returning customer of the Bird in Hand for a number of years.
Only noticed on the reminder that we had to be in/out within 2 hours, it was too late to change so had to put up with it. It was politely pointed out again on check-in that there was another booking for the table at 3pm. As we had young children with us this time it worked out ok, but I won't book with a deadline again as I hate to feel pressurised on what should be a relaxing Sunday afternoon! Having said that, the menu is one of the nicest I've seen in a long while. Today we all chose Sunday Roasts which were all superbly cooked and could not be faulted for quantity and more importantly quality. Desserts equally good. Great service, I'd come back in a jiffy, but not with a 2-hour window.
A very warm welcome and good service . The food was good but there were a couple of minor issues- the terrine starter was straight out of the fridge and could have done with being brought to room temperature to bring out the ( very good) flavours and the vegetable Wellington had a large quantity of uncooked pastry inside. This was easy to scrape out once I’d realised what it was- being the same colour as the parsnips I ate quite a lot of it before I realised. (Not so nice) The dessert idea of a smaller portion with a coffee for £5 is excellent . Would visit again but with a few tweaks this food would be excellent.
We had a lovely time, as four women chatting do - but we had to move tables as our oringial one was near the door and we were cold. Once moved, we felt more comfortable and ordered breakfast. Teapots would have been more effective way of serving tea, rather than a tea bag and a cup of hot water, we had to order 7 cups because of it - clearly a way to make you spend more. Breakfast was ok, three of us had the same and one ordered something off menu. Even with buy one get one free the bill seemed pricey because of all the cups of tea we had to order!