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5.3 /6 Excellent 141 Reviews

Bird in Hand

Cowplain European, British £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 22:00
Bird in Hand, 269 Lovedean Lane, PO8 9RX Waterlooville

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.

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Served 12-7:30PM

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Diary Free & Gluten Free menus available

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141 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 141 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
15.10.2017 14:55

Great food and great service . Staff are so friendly. We had the roast lamb which came out very quickly. We got offered more veggies during the meal which was great. The peanut butter creme brûlée was so nice.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2017 14:03

Excellent meal and the service was brilliant. All staff very friendly. Worth having the mini dessert + coffee as it's nearly as big as the full portion. Will definitely be going back

1 review so far 6
12.10.2017 20:00

The staff are friendly and helpful, the food was first rate and the setting very relaxing. The price was reasonable, easy to find and adequate parking. Will continue to go there.

2 reviews so far 6
08.10.2017 23:30

A very enjoyable Sunday lunch. Good food, wine and lovely service! We will definitely return and we recommend the Bird in Hand Inn to others.

1 review so far 5
19.09.2017 08:44

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)

1 review so far 5
10.09.2017 19:06

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.

1 review so far 5
06.02.2017 07:13

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!

2 reviews so far 6
04.03.2017 00:54

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!

1 review so far 3
06.08.2017 17:34

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.

2 reviews so far 5
23.08.2017 12:44

Bird in Hand is a comfortable rural pub with a relaxed atmosphere. Service was friendly and efficient. There was a varied menu with plenty of good choices for everyone (there were five of us) and also some good specials. The food was delicious and the portions were generous.

1 review so far 4
28.08.2017 10:19

I have eaten at the bird in hand for years, it's my preferred place to eat and relax. The service, food and friendliness is usually excellent; but on this occasion on Friday 18th Aug it was not its usual high standard. We were seated after eventually finding our reservation, and basically forgotten about ☹️. The table seated after us had prompt service, drinks topped up, and attention from the chap serving. My duck main dish was beautiful, but the apple and pear crumble contained rock hard lumps of sugar and tasted of what I can only describe as lard. Sorry bird in hand I usually give top marks, not this time.. don't know what's changed! 😏

1 review so far 6
22.01.2017 17:49

My wife and I hadn't been to the Bird in Hand for many years, but hearing good reports decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. Excellent food and excellent service.We will certainly be returning.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 08:07

The Bird in Hand at Lovedean is a beautiful pub tucked away in a quiet location. The food is always excellent and the staff are all very attentive and friendly. We would definitely recommend this pub :-)

1 review so far 4
19.02.2017 16:48

The restaurant is always full but never have to wait long to be served. You get lovely home made bread and butter gratis. The food was not quite as good as the usual standard, I had veggie wellington roast and the pastry was a bit on the soft side. However you can guarantee its always really good freshly cooked food, hence a bit of a wait. The service is always very attentive and the servers are polite and friendly. The menu changes regularly sometimes i have found the food better than others but its never bad. As a non meat eater I would like to see more fish dishes.

2 reviews so far 6
30.04.2017 17:36

As always we are served very good quality food by the friendly staff at Bird in Hand. We normally go for Sunday lunch and the both restaurant and bar always busy.

1 review so far 5
31.03.2017 10:33

Food was excellent. Service was good to start with but once dessert had been served we were ignored to the point that I had to get up and order drinks at the bar and then go and find someone to pay the bill. A request for a portion of chocolate Brownie to take away was acknowledged at first then totally forgotten. The staff eventually had to reopen the kitchen and source the brownie.

1 review so far 4
26.02.2017 19:23

Nice ambience and I enjoyed my vegetarian option but my mother's roast beef was too rare. She complained and they brought out some fresh slices which weren't much better and the knife was so blunt that she couldn't cut it. We complained again and they deducted the cost of the main course from the bill which I thought was very fair and reasonable. Staff were helpful and attentive so it was a shame the badly cooked roast beef and blunt knife spoiled what was otherwise a lovely lunch.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 08:15

Despite requesting to sit in the bar area when I booked, we were seated in the restaurant area when we arrived. However we could not fault the service, drinks and food. Everything was brilliant. We are regulars here and feel that service and food has improved since our last visit. We are looking forward to returning soon.

1 review so far 6
09.08.2017 16:41

Always a pleasant experience, the food and atmosphere excellent, staff friendly and attentive. I have eaten at the the Bird in Hand many times and never been disappointed

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 07:41

Lovely Sunday roast platter with plenty of meat and veg. A couple of small criticisms: the table could have been wiped in between our main and dessert as there was food on it and we had table service. Also the cauliflower cheese was a little hard and the cheese sauce had been poured over rather than the cauliflower cooked in it. Nothing major though.