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The Hampshire Bowman, Southampton, Hampshire

The Hampshire Bowman

4.6
4.6
120 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Mark, Chloe and their friendly young team welcome you to The Hampshire Bowman in Dundridge, a traditional country free-house serving real ales, real ciders and real food all year round.

We’re dog friendly and mobile phone unfriendly. The Hampshire Bowman is a great unspoilt country pub with a huge garden. Real ale and traditional cider are our specialty – we’ve been in the CAMRA good beer guide for over 30 years!

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–18:00 Lunch Mon, Thu 12:00–14:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon, Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:30–21:00

  • Phone number

    01489 892940

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We are unable to host weddings or similar large events. For smaller parties and events please email Chloe at info@hampshirebowman.com

  • Area

    Bishops Waltham

  • Parking Details

    Huge car park with over-flow parking in field

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

What 120 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hampshire

    Best Value

  • Hampshire

    Lunch

  • Hampshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Hampshire

    Scenic View

  • Hampshire

    Sunday Lunch

  • Hampshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Hampshire

    British

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  1. LS

    LindaS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service2ambience3
    Had a great evening with good food, beer & wine with added unexpected quiz that we all enjoyed. Service was a little slow as they are so popular on a Monday evening.
  2. RS

    RobinS

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks selection. Been visiting the Bowman for over a decade and it’s always been a friendly , chilled atmosphere. A real country pub. Super friendly staff. Dog friendly too. Our fave go-to pub. We consider the Bowman our ‘local’….. even though it’s not.
  3. KM

    KateM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent crispy fried duck followed by delicious feta cheese and spinach filo tarts.
  4. 1

    1234

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The indoor decor isn’t particularly warm or inviting, we had to wait 60 mins for our lunch on a Sunday (with no explanation as to why). The quality of the food wasn’t great, we had a roast and the Yorkshire pudding was lovely but everything else was pretty average. Overall a very disappointing experience and won’t be coming back.
  5. GA

    GARYM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely country pub especially this time of year,great cask ales lovely food and the staff were excellent ,I will definitely go back again
  6. N

    Nibs

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food in traditional country pub with huge garden for outside dining.
  7. LS

    LaurenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely place, food was excellent as always and the place had a really lovely feel to it. Would highly recommend
  8. KM

    KateM

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love the Hampshire Bowman. Very tasty food at a excellent price. Such a relaxing place to be!!
  9. LS

    LauraS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great beer. Vegan burger was not great and wasn’t cooked but the rest of our meals were ok.
  10. W

    Wheezer

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a good journey from Brighton so arrived early - no problem, good food served promptly. Big car park and friendly, efficient staff. Will definitely go again.
  11. TB

    TracyB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good and the service exceptional. A nice evening out.
  12. AH

    AlanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
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  13. AF

    AlanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Full car park on arrival but all in garden, quiet inside but pleased to see it slowly filled during evening, deserves to be busy. A real pub! Dog friendly (very)
  14. CA

    CAROLINEH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Easy to book via Open Table. Nice to get a reminder email of the booking. Menu on line wasn't too inspiring, same old things on offer so we were pleased to find a specials board with plenty to chose from. Curry was delicious but slightly spoilt by very greasy poppodoms. Would definitely go back again. Might take cash next time as Internet for the card reader was lacking! Caused a bit of a queue having to keep trying to pay by card.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really top notch experience, great atmosphere and great menu lovingly served, perfect 🥰
  16. SW

    SarahW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a little gem of a pub at Dundridge near Bishops Waltham. The Sunday roasts are amazing and although the pub itself is quite small it has a large garden with extra seating. Well worth a visit!
  17. JB

    JohannaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely family friendly pub in the countryside, prefect stop for walkers, cyclists & campers alike. Dogs & children welcome. Good sized garden one side has a variety of kids friendly equipment and toys and the other side is far enough so as our kids don't interfere with anyone who just wants a quiet drink in the sun. Food was well portioned and tasty. Staff were all really friendly and worked hard to make everything flow even though it was busy and energy table was reserved or occupied. Would definitely recommend.
  18. MP

    MattP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice of excellent beers, great food and great service. A thoroughly enjoyable visit.
  19. F

    Fordy

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a great place to visit. It was quiz night, so a little noisier that usual but great fun. Beer, food and service always excellent. Wish more of the local pubs took as much care of their customers and produce as the Bowman.
  20. s

    sonias

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    food was nice although there wasn’t as much choice as shown online
  21. MB

    MichelleB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice friendly pub. Very busy and loud if sitting inside. Limited vegetarian options but a few Vegan choices.
  22. KK

    KeithK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a family birthday get together with three generations present. As always there was a great range of beers and ciders to choose from . We all ate and were delighted to partake of very well prepared , generous portions from the menu. In particular the 'special' steak and stilton pie was excellent , as was the home made burger. On a sunny afternoon the two youngest of our party were able to take advantage of the large garden and kids play equipment , so they were more than happy !! We have visited the Hampshire Bowman on a number of occasions over the years and it has always been consistently excellent in its welcome , drink and food . Thanks to all the team
  23. WC

    WelchC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Bowman. Fantastic pub, great food cooked fresh and decent portions, lots of ales and ciders on tap and great staff. Can’t recommend it enough
  24. PH

    PaulH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Pub was great. Very dog friendly which is a huge plus. Food serving was slow even though it wasn't busy. Quality of food was very good. We will definitely be back to eat there very soon. Better weather and we will be out in there huge dog friendly garden 😁
  25. EB

    EB4IB

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience, will return. Lovely garden with nicely spaced out tables. Great space for dogs and children. Friendly staff. Reasonable turnaround for food especially given how busy it was and everything hot and tasty.
  26. W

    Wallis

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely country pub with a great menu and specials board and selection of drinks.
  27. j

    jude

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely warm greeting - very friendly staff = efficient service / lovely food / appeared freshly prepared Sat out in garden in the sunshine which was a bonus !
  28. CD

    CompanyDinner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    A beer with my son. Fab. Living the ale. We will be back!
  29. J

    Jacqui

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food for our Sunday lunch, and very dog-friendly
  30. L

    Laura

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely rural pub. Cannot fault the food or service. The roast was the best we've had in a long time and we will definitely be returning again soon.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely setting out in the countryside for a wonderful meal
  32. CM

    CarolM

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Traditional pub which was great for a get together. Food was good although menu a bit limited. Staff very friendly and nice atmosphere
  33. SM

    SimonM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent pub, great beer, good food in a great location
  34. MR

    MorganaR

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re never disappointed when we come to this lovely country pub, great food and kids love the garden
  35. HH

    HelenH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic pub. Excellent food. Good service. Well worth a visit or two!
  36. G

    jillG

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another very enjoyable dinner at the Bowman. Lovely Friday atmosphere. 5 star steak!
  37. KW

    KevinW

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Had a lovely lunchtime meal here with friends. Staff was polite and helpful. Steak was very good. Beer was great.
  38. GL

    GrandmaL

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great veggie food as ever and lovely staff. Large portions!
  39. KW

    KevinW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bowman is a hidden gem, reluctantly sharing how good it is!
  40. B

    Bobs

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had sweet potatoes soup, spicy and excellent. My friend had celeriac which was a bit thick but still tasty. Great table by the fire and staff very helpful and friendly. Thank you

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Hampshire Bowman is rated 4.6 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Google Map for The Hampshire Bowman

Dundridge Lane, Southampton, Hampshire SO32 1GD

Additional information

  • Area

    Bishops Waltham

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–18:00 Lunch Mon, Thu 12:00–14:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon, Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:30–21:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Huge car park with over-flow parking in field

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    01489 892940

  • Private party facilities

    We are unable to host weddings or similar large events. For smaller parties and events please email Chloe at info@hampshirebowman.com

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