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The Hampshire Bowman, Southampton, Hampshire

The Hampshire Bowman

4.7
4.7
323 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!

PLEASE NOTE - We don't take bookings for our HUGE garden, please just turn up if you want to sit outside!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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 323 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hampshire

    Best Overall

  • Hampshire

    Best Service

  • Hampshire

    Best Value

  • Hampshire

    Child-friendly

  • Hampshire

    Healthy

  • Hampshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hampshire

    Great for scenic views

  • Hampshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Hampshire

    Lively

323 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Garden great for the children. Roast dinners disappointing with no flavour

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing choice of excellent Real Ales plus the menu was good and the food excellent. Good style old fashioned pub but with excellent food.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely pub. Superb beer garden. 5 people had food - all meals went down very well - scampi and chips x 3, Burger and a roast pheasant. Chips could have been better. Service very good - nice to see a pub with a selection of ciders - and Sandford Orchards on sale - real bonus.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Hampshire Bowman was a nice pub in a good location. Plenty of car parking, always a good thing. Four adults all had ‘small’ roast dinners (3 beef, 1 pheasant). The meat was tough, and when mentioned to a member of staff that the pheasant was extremely tough, the answer was ‘that’s the trouble with pheasant, it’s either overcooked or dry’! We were also charged for 6 drinks, when we only had 4, and it took some persuading to convince the member of staff that we were not fibbing.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food. Tiny pub with tables and chairs very close to each other. I had to keep getting up to let people out and was knocked as people passed our table! Realise it must be hard to fit in as many as possible to eat.

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  6. jillG

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a winner with my family. Lovely roast lunch.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a lovely place to go on a nice sunny day.

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  8. Stephen

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely country pub with great atmosphere and great food. Staff really friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to going again

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  9. HenryH

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not our first time but once again another fantastic visit. The Welcome is always enthusiastic, the choice of beers and ales are something that most places cannot compete with, and the food is excellent with big portions! Nothing here not to like, thank you and we’ll see you again soon.

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  10. NickyL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love The Hampshire Bowman. Shame the weather was not conducive to sitting in the fab garden! Perhaps I should say it's terrible and keep it to ourselves 😂

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great meal - brilliant staff (and owners) , great ale, home cooked food, dog friendly but all well controlled , been a favourite since lockdown when they offered beer and homemade pies every Friday as a take away Wouldn’t go anywhere else

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  12. HelenH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been visiting the Hampshire Bowman for years and the food just gets better and better. Always something on the menu to suit everyone and good quality and hot. Even when it’s busy we have no complaints. The choice of ciders and ales are always very good. It was great to see the pub so busy and thriving. For us a return taxi is near on £100 but so worth it.

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  13. Robert

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful, welcoming traditional pub with great food and excellent selection of local beers and ciders and a very large child friendly garden.

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  14. AmandaA

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous meal , staff helpful , atmosphere relaxed over all a great experience

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent pub to visit, from friendly staff through fantastic food and of course, the beet! 😊

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  16. LauraT

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a lovely country pub, always has a nice feel to it when you walk in. Food is always very good and service with a smile. What more do you need.

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  17. Purpleanne12

    Hampshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely homecooked pub food , with new specials good portions , proper pub with real ales , ciders and lagers , % alcohol selection too and nice selection of wines ..great staff and all round brilliant country pub, large outside area .Doggy friendly too.

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  18. MalcolmW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went lunchtime so opted for baguettes. Plenty of filling and real ale served from the cask. Busy for a lunchtime so glad we booked. Will definitely be going there again and would highly recommend.

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  19. Sherlock

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food very bland . Veg under cooked and Yorkshire pudding tastes of oil ! Was recommended but I don't think we will be back

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  20. LisaP

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Absolutely lovely food, service, but just to note we were a bit cold!

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  21. MikeT

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent menu including a good vegan selection which was much enjoyed by two of us Beer as good as usual Impressed with the Merlot. The pub dog is a delight

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  22. KimC

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at The Hampshire Bowman is excellent and the specials board is varied from week to week. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and dog friendly. We are regulars and really enjoy it there.

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  23. MutleySteve

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the Bowman provides good food and excellent beer in welcoming and friendly surroundings. We've enjoyed every visit there.

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  24. Andykeithharris

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An archtypical country pub not far from Winchester. The food was excellent both in quantity and qualitySmall portions available for some dishes which suited by wife and her friend. I had a bacon chop with colcannon mash and cauliflower cheese, which was unusual, but very tasty, in fact I think the Cauliflower cheese was the best I'vr ever had! Service was prompt given that the food wash freshly cooked. Prices reasonable especially given the quality. We will definately return next time we're in the area

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  25. LisaP

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been visiting the Bowman for many, many years. Never had a bad experience! Wonderful food, atmosphere and service 😀

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  26. JimR

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and drink as always, however we were disappointed that the "Specials Blackboard" was blank upon arrival and was not written up until about half a hour after opening time. It meant waiting extra time before we could order food but despite this we had good friendly service and good food and will continue to support this venue.

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  27. SueS

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A a very special pub with great ambience, excellent food and friendly service. A really good selection of wines, real ales and ciders are always on offer.

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  28. Buffalosmoke

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always good food and service. Friendly atmosphere. Will be back !

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  29. JoanneH

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great country pub. Lovely staff. A very nice place to visit ❤️

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food - well cooked , quality ingredients, good sized portions Great friendly service and proper beer

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  31. PaulB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Super country pub with cosy log burners, great food and ale and lovely views - tucked away from it all!

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  32. GillL

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A drinker's pub, that happens to serve quality food. Very friendly, fairly lively (at peak times) pub. Quiet on days when the kitchen is closed, if you want a peaceful pint. Large beer garden. Excellent selection of ales and ciders. Excellent food. Very good value for both food and drink.

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  33. jillG

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolute local gem! Lovely meal for 5. Lovely Saturday evening vibe. Tasty food. Would highly recommend.

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  34. NigelC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great as always. I had the best home made pheasant and bacon pie.

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  35. IainS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fabulous country pub, amazingly welcoming and the food was incredible. I’ve no doubt I will be returning weekly..

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  36. Phil

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well cooked and imaginative food that is still traditional in style. Very helpful staff, who gave us tasting samples from the range of draft ciders.

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  37. Beanstalk

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent roast dinner . Celebrating a family birthday in a lovely traditional pub. The staff were friendly and welcoming. Service was great. Location is off the beaten track but easy to find. A favourite with dog walkers .

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  38. ElsaD

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it and will absolutely be back! Lovely service, great fish and chips and so many great ales.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant place to eat, drink and be happy! The food is great and the staff are very friendly.

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  40. AmandaH

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful roast again. Seven of us went for a meal and everyone really enjoyed it.I love the fact that I can have a small roast beef. Perfect for me. Great beer too. An unspoilt country pub.

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The Hampshire Bowman is rated 4.7 stars by 323 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


Booked 7 times today
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
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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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