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The Hampshire Bowman

Dundridge Lane, Bishop's Waltham SO32 1GD, England
+44 1489 892940
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“liver” (9 reviews)
“roast dinner” (7 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Dundridge Lane, Bishop's Waltham SO32 1GD, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our Australian friends here for Sunday dinner in December. As usual it was like walking into a good friend's cosy lounge; warm room and a great welcome from the staff. We always expect the menu choices to be varied and amazing but it...More

Thank Ian A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a lovely day, ruined by the lack of anything I consider to be professional. A dirty table, slow service, overpriced. Never again.

2  Thank 969flossywebb
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Sat for 1.5 hours waiting for food - when it finally came (only after having a table who arrived after us being served before us) it came without apology and was OK. Service was just so slow and nobody appeared to be in charge which...More

1  Thank Cocolohecalo
Reviewed 21 January 2018

This pub is the model that all country pubs should be measured against. It’s great for walkers, dog owners, horse riders, motorcycles, cyclists, families etc. and there’s enough space for everyone. It has a well earned reputation for real Ales. The landlord and land lady...More

1  Thank _madrabbits
Reviewed 16 January 2018

A real country pub with excellent real ales on cask. It's great to see that such pubs still exist, where you go for well-kept beer and proper pub grub. The food is always wholesome and delicious. This is a real favourite for all our family...More

Thank RetiredBritz
Reviewed 30 December 2017

The Bowman is a bit like entering a 1950's time warp, in that there is no music (apart from an occasional visit by marauding Morris dancers) and having your mobile go off is likely to result in a 50p fine going in the charity box!...More

Thank peter m
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Log fires being laid as we left at 2.45. We did not linger for dessert or coffee. Why weren’t fires alight for lunch time diners?

Thank Nicki M
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Recently had lunch at the Hampshire Bowman with friends. On a cold windy day it was a lovely cosy place with a fire going. Good choice of ciders. Food was very good with quite large servings.

Thank Peita W
Reviewed 9 December 2017

We ate there this week and concluded lovely staff, but avoid if you value your arteries and tastebuds... I had "mac and cheese" which consisted of dry pasta with grilled grated cheese on top followed by sickly chocolate overload of a cloying brownie, chocolate sauce...More

Thank russells452017
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely pub that serves good food. Staff are very friendly and the service is good. They offer smaller portions of their main courses for those with a smaller appetite. I’m not a beer drinker but the men in our party were happy with the choice...More

Thank Kaz58
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28 June 2017|
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Response from pooresta | Reviewed this property |
As far as i know loo's wheelchair friendly & as for dogs last time i was there muddy paws or not very dog friendly.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$17
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dundridge Lane, Bishop's Waltham SO32 1GD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Bishop's Waltham
  • Phone Number: +44 1489 892940
  • E-mail
The Hampshire Bowman in Dundridge is a traditional country freehouse serving real ales, real ciders and real food all year round. Mark, Chloe and their 2 dogs took over in 2012 and have worked hard to improve the food and the beer without changing the relaxed and informal ethos! We're dog friendly and mobile phone unfriendly. The Bowman is a great unspoilt country pub - we've been in the CAMRA good pub guide for over 20 years. To keep up to date with news from the Bowman, "like" "the hampshire bowman" facebook page. Watch out for interesting Real Ales and Real Ciders from all over the country! We also have draught "Saxon" lager, brewed in Sussex with local ingredients and a wide range of bottled beers from all over the world. Our beer festival is one of the largest independent beer festivals in the south of England and is held over the last weekend in July.
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