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5.2 /6 Excellent 103 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.

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.

View Sunday Roast Menu

Served 12-7:30PM

View Spring Lunch Menu

Diary Free & Gluten Free menus available


103 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 103 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
17.08.2017 21:40

Our first time here. The food was lovely and filling, reasonable prices and excellent service. We would reccomend this restaurant and would go again .

2 reviews so far 6
10.08.2017 07:34

We come here regularly for Sunday lunch and the food was as good as usual and the service very friendly. We will certainly be back again.

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 6
08.08.2017 22:19

Fantastic Meal and service would highly recommend to all. It was a quick service and price was reasonable. Will definitely return for more food 🥘 meals. Thanks and good job.

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!

1 review 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.

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 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.

1 review so far 6
23.02.2017 21:15

The food was amazing! I had slow cooked pork belly with beetroot purée and my husband had duck breast: we both really enjoyed our meal. We had chocolate brownie for pudding,which was again really nice. The atmosphere in the restaurant was lovely and the service was good. We will definitely go back again.

1 review so far 6
03.06.2017 19:59

There isn't anything I can criticise. The service was good and every need catered for. Even when I said I would rather my starter without dressing it was not a problem, the waitress took it away and a new starter was bought out. Thanks for a great evening we will be back.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 18:31

Lovely food and great service. Really good selection of gins, served in a good sized goblet with plenty of ice and good quality tonic.The Sunday menu was brilliant and included a veggie option. The desserts are amazing, top marks thank you

1 review so far 6
27.07.2017 16:34

Delicious breakfast and super friendly staff good fuelup before a pretty walk from the pub to Catherington downs. The bird on hand offers excellent food and is a good way to start and finish a county walk on the southdowns.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 09:52

Very nice pub/restaurant with a great atmosphere. There is plenty to choose from on the menu but could do with a another 1 or 2 veggie options. The food is very tasty and excellent value. I will definitely be returning.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 17:18

We went for birthday lunch. Food and service excellent. .Very friendly knowledgeable staff where nothing was too much trouble. We had the duck breast which was cooked to perfection, a rather nice green curry, and beef roast.

1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 06:17

Great food, lovely atmosphere. My first visit but it won't be my last. The menu was varied and catered for all tastes. The service was efficient and importantly not rushed. A super evening with a quality meal.

1 review so far 4
15.01.2017 10:02

Been to the bird in hand 4 or 5 times and and every time food and service have been excellent,last night they were very busy,so we were sat more in the bar area,and the food did not really reach the standards they have set themselves,not bad but not as good as there normal.

3 reviews so far 6
17.07.2017 10:37

there is great food. its a great pub. the raspberry creme brulee was amazing. staff are friendly and polite as usual. we had American friends with us who want to go again before they leave

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 09:34

Great food and service, lots of variety through each course. The restaurant was really busy, but the atmosphere was really good and we all had a great evening. Looking forward to our next visit!

1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 18:52

Lovely meal in lovely surroundings. Service was good, staff were polite and pleasant. Would recommend. You get plenty of choice for a good price. Nice outside area where we finished the evening with drinks

1 review so far 5
29.03.2017 22:07

A good choice of items on the menu. Well presented and enjoyable food along with friendly service. There is also a useful loyalty scheme. Smaller dessert and a cup of coffee at a reduced price is also a great idea.

2 reviews so far 6
23.07.2017 18:31

Excellent food and service despite being VERY busy. Servers were friendly, smiled and checked to see out meals were ok. Nice atmosphere. Food beautifully served and vegetables were NOT over cooked.. crisp.. brill.

1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 17:56

Excellent quality food. Menu is not that exotic but it was all very well cooked. Often deserts let restaurants down but the creme brulee was fabulous. The staff were efficient but also friendly.

1 review so far 5
18.05.2017 10:03

Friendly service and food delivered promptly to the table. Overall everyone liked their menu choices, although perhaps the taste of one dessert did not fully live up to its impressive presentation. We will definitely go back to eat again.

1 review so far 4
01.08.2017 08:04

Lamb was tough complained and offered a steak knife, not really the answer! We had a table for two but could not hear each other in the restaurant, however I have been here for lunch b4 and it was great, I just wouldn't go back if an evening!

1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 17:48

Lovely roast spuds - and fab Yorkshire pud, meat, the lamb nice but a bit stringy, beef a bit too pink, but partner ate it all, would go again, it was my second time, but first roast, thanks

1 review so far 6
20.04.2017 16:42

The service and food was as usual to a very high standard. This is our go to restaurant for birthdays and special occasions and will be for many years to come.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 16:17

Excellent, as always. Highly recommend the Sunday Roast, especially the mixed roast platter to share, which is their ultimate in Sunday Roasts! We have been many times, and are never disappointed.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 14:51

Fantastic service and amazing food staff were great and very talented chef, the valentines set menu was really good, great selection of wines and good atmosphere hope to visit soon

1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 20:53

Went with friends for a meal for my 60th birthday. Staff very extremely friendly and helpful. Food was excellent. Will definitely be going back and would recommend them to anyone.

1 review so far 6
13.04.2017 13:21

Great food and ambience! I would definitely recommend eating at this establishment! Love the little touches in the garden to cushions for the ladies. Sweet table baskets, fresh plant pots!

1 review so far 5
16.07.2017 10:02

Good atmosphere. Pleasant staff. Good yet limited menu which enabled the kitchen to focus on the quality of the food they produced. Good range of drinks (cocktails, wine and beers). Will return at some point.

1 review so far 5
01.06.2017 11:22

Excellent food as always, staff friendly and attentive. Only grumble was that we had booked a seat online in the restaurant but were seated in the bar area. Overall Very Good and would certainly return.

1 review so far 5
08.07.2017 16:38

Really good atmosphere; service and food pretty good. Our bill for 5 was around £180 but we all had 3 courses with wine and other drinks so expected it to be on the high side.

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 15:26

Good service & lovely food. Will be back soon! It's a nice quiet venue for a midweek lunch. I will try either Sunday lunch or evening dinner next time.

2 reviews so far 6
08.07.2017 23:17

Excellent food and service on a very busy night. The bar was a little slow when we first arrived but not a big deal as it was quite full.

2 reviews so far 6
22.04.2017 18:47

Great service, great food will definitely go back to eat there again. The staff were attentive, the food was first class, with some good dishes which were so tasty.

1 review so far 5
04.02.2017 08:19

The restaurant was very busy, but considering we had booked a table we had to wait a bit too long to be served. However, the food was worth waiting for and the service improved

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 14:51

Sunday lunch was very tasty, well cooked and we'll presented. Good food and good service. Filtered water available at 50p per person unlimited refills. Nice setting as well. Will certainly be back again soon

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 09:13

We had a lovely meal in excellent surroundings. Service was very good. The menu is varied to suit all tastes. Overall our visit represented good value for money.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 23:06

Very good staff and food. Best experience I have had there on a Saturday night. Despite his busy it was the food and standards were still high quality!

1 review so far 6
03.03.2017 16:40

This place is absolutely amazing!! The food was cooked to perfection, arrived promptly and looked like it belonged on master chef. Service was outstanding too. Would definitely return

3 reviews so far 6
17.07.2017 10:38

My mum us mostly deaf. I asked for a table near a wall to allow her to be able to hear. the staff were understanding and very considerate

1 review so far 5
06.02.2017 09:16

Lovely pub and delicious food. Staff friendly and attentive. Couldn't see the Sunday menu online and even at the restaurant it wasn't clear what came with the roast. Would come back and recommend.