Cowplain is a village on the northern outskirts of Waterlooville. With a population of 8775, it takes up 7.3% of Havant borough's population. The origins of the settlement grew along the old London to Portsmouth road (the A3). The village centre and local shops lie on the London Road.
The village boasts several restaurants: Thailand Thai Cuisine (serving Thai food, formerly Sara's, which was previously the Monthai Restaurant which before that was The Indian Cottage restaurant), the O Sole Mio Italian restaurant and takeaway, The National Curry Awards Finalist's; Pasha Bangladeshi Restaurant and the Good View Chinese takeaway. In 2010, a new restaurant, Red Lounge and Grill, was opened by the same people that own Pure Wine Bar and Bistro in Clanfield. There is also a pub, The Spotted Cow, after which the village is reportedly named. There are also shops in the small precinct, including Lidl, Tucker's pharmacy and a small Co-op with a Post Office counter inside. The Co-op store was extensively re-furbished in November 2009 and was re-launched as a Co-op food store.
The village also features a Social Club, an Age Concern centre for older people, providing many activities & services, a comprehensive school, Cowplain Community School, and Padnell Infant and Junior Schools, next to a large recreation ground with a park, tennis courts and bowling facilities. There is also Queen's Inclosure Primary School adjacent to the Queen's Inclosure woods, a remnant of the original Forest of Bere. The local church is St. Wilfrid's, although there are a number of others in the area.
There are a number of buses that go through Cowplain. The 37 (Stagecoach), from Havant to Clanfield, Petersfield and Liss and the National Express 030 to London. First Provincial services 41, 42 and X41 also go through Cowplain - The 41 route follows the A3 from Clanfield to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth; the X41 is the equivalent express service, using the M275 motorway into and out of the city and runs twice a day. There is also the 145 route from Hambledon through Denmead to Cowplain Community School on Weekdays.