Bird in Hand

CowplainEuropean, British
Excellent
5.3/6
334 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.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 10:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Address

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

Menu Highlights

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Starters

Seared Scallops

Sweet corn Puree, Ham Hock Fritters and Roasted Corn Salsa
£8.95

Seared Pigeon Breast

Homemade Black Pudding, Roasted Fig, Candied Walnuts and Thyme jus
£7.25

Breaded Halloumi

Roasted Butternut Squash, Pickled Shallots and Tomato Dressing
£4.50

More about Bird in Hand, Waterlooville

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.

334 Bird in Hand Reviews

Excellent
5.3/6
334 Reviews
Atmosphere:Excellent
Value for money:Good value
Food:Outstanding
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Service:Excellent
New"Excellent"
6/6
Wayne H.a day ago · 2 reviews

Great food & a great choice on the menu. Really friendly & attentive service. Good atmosphere & plent of gin to choose from!! Definitely would return!

New"Excellent"
6/6
Christina B.5 days ago · 1 review

What a great evening! Firstly the exciting choice of gins and mixers along with the extensive knowledge of the barman, we enjoyed new brands and combinations !! The service was lovely and friendly and quite honestly our Seabass was to die for, totally delicious!!! Very much looking forward to coming back!!

New"Excellent"
6/6
Keith O.7 days ago · 1 review

Food and service excellent. Although very busy with 2 or 3 large parties the staff were attentive to our needs. Will definitely be returning again.