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Bird in Hand

Cowplain · European, British · ££££
173 Reviews

About Bird in Hand

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.

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Bird in Hand
269 Lovedean Lane, Cowplain
Waterlooville PO8 9RX

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Chef's Choice



Breaded Halloumi

Roasted Butternut Squash, Pickled Shallots and Tomato Dressing

Seared Scallops

Sweet corn Puree, Ham Hock Fritters and Roasted Corn Salsa

Seared Pigeon Breast

Homemade Black Pudding, Roasted Fig, Candied Walnuts and Thyme jus


Honey & Mustard Glazed Ham

Hand cut chips, fried duck eggs

10oz Sirloin Steak

Hand cut chips, grilled tomato, field mushroom and onion rings

Aubergine and Sweet Potato Tagine

Wild Rice, Toasted Almonds, Tea Soaked Raisins and Flatbread


Cheesecake of the day


Sticky Toffee Pudding

toffee sauce , clotted cream ice cream, baked plums and Honeycomb

Selection of British Cheeses

onion chutney, celery , apple and biscuits

Menu (General)

Sunday Roast Menu

Every Day - All Day

A La Carte

Every Day - All Day

A La Carte Gluten Free

Every Day - All Day

A La Carte Dairy Free

Every Day - All Day

Children's Christmas Menu

Every Day - All Day

Christmas Day Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

Dairy Free Christmas Day Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

Dairy Free Festive Evening Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

Dairy Free Festive Lunch Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

Festive Evening Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

Festive Lunch Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

Gluten Free Christmas Day Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

Gluten Free Festive Evening Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

Gluten Free Festive Lunch Set Menu

Every Day - All Day

New Years Eve Gala Dinner Menu

Every Day - All Day

Autumn Desserts Dairy Free

Every Day - All Day

Autumn Desserts

Every Day - All Day

Autumn Desserts Gluten Free

Every Day - All Day
Having a party?

Organising a party? Want to stay longer? Have a special request?

Further Information

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.

173 Bird in Hand Reviews

Anna F.2 days ago · 1 review

Great food , a gorgeous starter of baked Camembert and bread to dip and share! Followed by stunning main courses and desserts in a great atmosphere with great people!

Lynsey M.3 days ago · 1 review

Great friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic tasty food. We really enjoyed the A la Cart menu and will definitely be going back. Portions are just right.

Bob H.7 days ago · 1 review

Excellent service, food and drinks with a warm a pleasant atmosphere and a roaring log fire. The food was well presented at the correct temperature and perfect timing from when we ordered to the food arriving at our table. Drinks were brought to our table instead of having to wait at the bar and the waitress checked with us that all the food was to our liking a few minutes after delivery to our table. All in all a very pleasant experience.

Paula T.9 days ago · 1 review

Excellent food and good value for money. Good choice of food on the sunday menu. Staff very attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend this lovely pub in.a beautiful setting

Ian C.3 months ago · 1 review

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)

CHERYL B.12 days ago · 1 review

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!

Linda K.3 months ago · 1 review

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.

Helen J.10 months ago · 1 review

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!

Robert D.9 months ago · 4 reviews

Bird in Hand is a lovely country pub and restaurant with a relaxing ambience. The food is really nice, the beer is well kept and the staff go out of their way to make sure you feel spoilt. All in all I recommend it!

Claire H.4 months ago · 1 review

Went for Sunday roast for my mum's birthday, very disappointing meal. My roast beef was so chewy and stringy I just couldn't eat it. Roast potatoes grey and not crispy, had clearly been reheated. Cauliflower and broccoli were so hard you couldn't cut them. Very strange way of serving the meal, it was in a bowl type plate, meat draped over the potatoes and the whole thing swimming in about half an inch of gravy so even if the potatoes had been crispy they wouldn't have been by the time we got to eat them. Also it wasn't very hot. Our waiter was lovely but the service seemed very slow, we arrived just before 1.00 pm but I don't think we were eating until about 1.45 pm. We have been here several times for lunch during the week recently and had a very enjoyable meal but on today's performance we definitely won't be going for Sunday lunch again. Extremely disappointing all round.

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