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“Just superb”
Review of Black Dog

Black Dog
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Shedfield
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Just superb”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This part of Hampshire seems blessed with superb pubs, with the Hampshire Bowman just a couple of miles away as well. The Black Dog, near Waltham Chase, is an absolute gem with a short, but rich, menu and excellent service.
The pub is absolutely awash with colourful hanging baskets and flowers al sumer long, and has a fair-sized garden alongside the road. They usually have an unsupervised bouncy castle, if keeping your kids under control in a pub for an hour is a problem.
They usually have two real ales, admittedly a little disappointing compared with the Bowman, but the food is the real draw here. Most gastropubs have a naff little bar area with 99% if floor space taken over by posh tables, but the Black Dog has retained a fair-sized cozy lounge bar and it retains a true pub feel. It does this without seeming twee or stereotypical - and that's not common these days, either.
The menu is short but there is enough variety to keep pretty much anyone happy: good vegetarian options, really fresh fish and a nice range of specials. They do a potted cheese with port starter that is one of the best starters I've had in years. The portions were generous, verging on the too generous and two of us couldn't manage a dessert.

The service was friendly and helpful and extended to almost every member of staff. Normally, you only get one person looking after you, but at the Black Dog, three or four people attended to us at different times and were absolutely faultless: this really is what good customer service is about.

The bill came to £70 for three for two rounds of drinks each, three starters, three mains and one dessert. So it's just a title more than average for pubs in this area, but 'd have still been smiling had the bill been £20 more.

If there was a bit of a wider range of real ales on sale I'd honestly say this is the best pub I've visited in a decade. And I'm a picky, grumpy, miserable geezer.

One, sole gripe: the pub is popular (surprise, surprise) and the car park is quite small. People tend to use all the spaces and then the verges. It can be extremely difficult to pull out onto the busy main road safely because of these parked cars. Take care!

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent, apart from the soft drink price”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had lunch here for the first time and were impressed with today's daily £5 bargain, Mediterranean chicken, normally £10.95 on the main menu. The beer garden was a pleasant place to eat in the sunshine, and the outside of the pub was covered in flowering baskets. But £1.50 EACH for two lime and sodas was a shocking price, as usually I pay under 50 pence in pubs for this refreshing soft drink.

  • Visited July 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Experience at black dog”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Very nice surroundings, food and staff were top notch. Would recommend for families ,couples, groups.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Maureen H
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“not enough!!!!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Went to celebrate my birthday this sunday with my in law, been here twice before with my partner and two young boys for dinner in the pass for starter and main course and we really liked it, no complain at all,
but today what a difference, very small portion .... very expensive'' main course'', 3 people went for the cheese board at £6.95 what a joke really.....I could not believe the board, small portion of brie skin, a small slice of goat cheese some blue cheese and some cheddar
add to go ask for more cheese, the waitress came back saying ''we didn't have brie because we had other load of cheese'', need to keep quiet, what a joke, will I retour ''NO''.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank nei75558
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great menu and service”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

We have been here a number of times from January til now, both as a couple and part of a larger group and have never been disappointed. Service is always very good and friendly. We live 10 miles away but this is definitely on our list of places to eat either in the bar or restaurant which has recently been extended and refurbished.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Lord_Cowdray
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