The Cowherds

4.4
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Sunday Lunch
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The Cowherds in Southampton is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

Built in 1762 on the site of the old cowherd's house, we were renamed the Southampton Arms for a brief period in 1857 before reverting back to the Cowherds 14 years later. We have maintained the name since, paying note to our heritage and our location - Southampton Common, one of the UK's most important wildlife sites.

The Cowherds has open views over Southampton Common, a haven for wildlife, and is close to the university. A walk around Southampton's Old Town will follow the footsteps of William the Conqueror, Henry V and the Pilgrim Fathers..
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4.3
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vipSheilric
Oxford
43 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch before embarking in Southampton. Good service. Great choice of menu for full lunch or light bite
Will definitely go back

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vipWild44
London
84 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great cosy food, good service in a nice pub.

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GARYW
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere was upbeat, but relaxing. The service was friendly, attentive but not overbearing. We were all pleased with our food, in particular the sirloin steak which was cooked perfectly to order and the fish and chips, great batter! It was a father's day meal and was a restricted 3 course menu for a set price, which I was not made aware of when I booked so choice was slightly more limited; there was just about enough choice so we could all find something for each course, but having to pay £5 extra if you had steak and another £1.50 if you wanted a sauce was disappointing.

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PhilO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely country style pub and restaurant in Southampton. I was warmly welcomed and service was excellent. My meal (dining alone) was superb and one of the most enjoyable in recent memory. If you are in the area, definitely worth a visit.

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KarenP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We visited on a Sunday evening.You cannot order from the everyday menu as they have Sunday only menu.Disappointed that there was no lamb shank left.
Food was warm and a bit soggy.Vegatables over cooked.Gravy came in a separate bowl which was difficult to pour without getting gravy all over the place.Disappointed with visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food - and fabulous service by our waitress.

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Finefood
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The on line booking system didn’t work so when we arrived there wasn’t a table ready . We were told they were full until I showed them the booking on my phone.
Rushed is an understatement! The staff prowled whilst we ate to whip away our dishes.
Not the relaxing lunch I envisaged!

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service, reasonably priced food, and a nice friendly feel

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've been twice. Really enjoyed it both times. Main courses were very good. Best Onion Rings ever. Desserts not quite as good as main course but still pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Part re-heated food. Staff allowed children to use the premises as a play area with screeching child receiving no reprimand and allowed to run around in the Bar. No word to the Parents from the staff.

Attitude of management to complaints very poor

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Lucky777
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good friendly staff in very pleasant relaxed surroundings. Food was very tasty and well presented. The steak and mushroom pie was outstanding and enjoyed by two of our party. The option of smaller portions on some meals was a welcome choice for another party member. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and thoroughly recommend a visit.

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The Cowherds is rated 4.4 stars by 11 OpenTable diners.

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