The Compasses at Pattiswick
The Compasses at Pattiswick

The Compasses at Pattiswick

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegreatpubcompany.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01376561322
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 2:30pm and Dinner 6:00pm-9:30pm Saturday 12:00PM - 2:45PM and Dinner 6:00pm - 9:45pm Sunday - 12:00PM - 3:30PM and Dinner 6:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, English
  • Executive Chef: Nick Dearsley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Seats up to 22 people for lunch or dinner as well as the perfect venue for meetings and away days. Peace and tranquility combined with wonderful views across the Pattiswick countryside!
  • Private Party Contact: Jade Gooding 01376671322
  • Entertainment: The Compasses at Pattiswick hosts fantastic music nights monthly. Our next Live music entertainment is Bodgers Mate an old folk jazz band on January 20th 2012. For more information on our live music please visit our website www.thegreatpubcompany.co.uk
  • Special Events: 2012 Music line up already announced including Bodgers Mate, 50's & 60's night, Michael Buble Tribute, Frank Sinatra Tribute and many more.... For more information please call 01376 561322

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Parking available for up to forty cars
A word from The Compasses at Pattiswick
An 18th Century Inn, The Compasses at Pattiswick underwent a major refurbishment in late 2005 and has been transformed into a relaxing country pub. The mixture of old and new materials, natural floorings and exposed beams has ensured the pub has retained a cosy atmosphere combined with a contemporary modern twist for diners. The focus at The Compasses is to offer freshly prepared locally sourced produce, in a relaxed and friendly environment. Catering for business lunches, family parties or a romantic dinner for two it’s the perfect venue for an escape to the countryside. Aside from the two bars and restaurant, the Compasses has a Private Room suitable for business meetings, private parties or just a family gathering. Combined with the extensive patios and large garden, The Compasses at Pattiswick is just about able to cater for your every need.
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The Compasses at Pattiswick reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since 19 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambience4
    Value3.7
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (33)sunday lunch (25)fit for foodies (21)group bookings (14)outdoor eating (14)child friendly (13)brunch (12)business meals (11)romance (11)good vegetarian options (10)outstanding value (8)disabled access (7)afternoon tea (5)Show More
  • Good Food As always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    have been visiting The Compasses for many years, The Dinning experience never fails to impress i would recommend The Compasses to all
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    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed dinner
    dontoftencomplain
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Food was average for a restaurant that charges slightly above average prices. My partner chose a pork steak for her main course which was acceptable, but the skin that everyone wants to be crackling was soft and leathery - a blow-torch could have got that crackling in no time! The pork steak was accompanied with mashed potato that was so full of butter that it was inedible. I like butter, but even I found it inedible. She then chose a lemon posit for desert. It was enormous - very rich, very solid and far too large a portion whereas my Blueberry and Almond Tart was small and not particularly tasty. A disappointing dinner for £60! Won't use this restaurant again as this is the second time that we have been 'disappointed'.
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  • Another fine lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Thank you Compaesses - we all enjoyed our lunch. There were so many tempting choices on the menu it was difficult making a choice. Clearly we will need to visit again soon to try the other options! Service was top notch too.
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    disabled access, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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  • jayjay
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Good range of food, some locally sourced. Friendly and unhurried service. A very good time had by all whenever we go there.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Very nice pub excellent food , real ales in a quiet rural setting. Been several times both times excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Silver Diner
    Unsatisfied
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    After inspecting the 'Specials' board I decided on the Hake, it was still fairly early in evening so was surprised when I was told that they had ran out of it, but the option of Hake had not been removed from the board. After re-looking at the menu again I was forced to pick something that I did not really want. ( the choices were somewhat sparse and OTT). After we had ordered we decided that we would like some Olives while we were waiting, and ordered them. They arrived WITH the starter, which is NOT what we were expecting. Later in the meal again we ordered something and again it did not arrive until we prompted the staff that we would like it NOW, not when they felt it was right. Overall the evening was fair but unsatisfactory in parts.
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    brunch
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  • widger
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    very good evening ,food was excellent , not long to wait for food , the waitress was a little clumsy at times but still a very enjoy time .
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Mediocre and disappointing
    JLoren
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    Disappointing return visit to The Compasses for a birthday dinner. Food was mediocre, service was very slow (we waited half an hour for our order to be taken) and despite staff apologising and explaining it was very busy, half the tables were empty. Presentation of food was poor, and some of the plates/bowls were chipped. At £75 for 2 courses, a £16 bottle of wine and 2 pre-dinner drinks, I was hoping for a more enjoyable experience. We didn't bother with dessert as we didn't want any more let downs! I think this gastropub has gone downhill since my last visit two years ago, which is a real shame as it's such a lovely venue and we have had some lovely meals here in the past.
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    child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Worth the drive
    FoodieHack1
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Good food and excellent service made for a memorable evening with our friends. Plenty of choice too. Well worth the drive into the country!
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable.
    Clairefoodie
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    I went with my family, including children for Sunday lunch.The menu suited everybody. The service was wonderful and there was a bouncy castle too!!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food
    Food1982
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The decor, food and service was lovely. Unfortunately, we had to be moved as my grandparents were freezing as we were sat next town open door. Once moved, we were sat next to a very rowdy group who seemed to think everyone wanted to hear their expletive filled conversation. It was a shame,as everything else was lovely.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Sat evening
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My husband and I ate here on sat. Evening the restaurant is very comfortable and spacious, the menu was ok but the the starters we ordered were bland soup waterey and my satay chicken flavourless, my main wasn't much better my first choice lamb was all gone so went for the duck firstly it was a small portion over powered by the red cabbage and it was over cooked and dry really disappointing. My husbands steak was good though we didn't bother with desert as felt ripped off with other courses nut cheap about £16 for a main . Wouldn't eat on an evening again but would do a sun lunch maybe.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Bank Holiday Lunch
    umtalilad
    Dined on 21/4/2014
    Went to Pattiswick for lunch to celebrate my sons birthday. As my wife and daughter in law are a bit picky as far as food is concerned it was very gratifying to hear their appreciation of what they had to eat. Most grateful to the fact that their dog was also made welcome. This has not been my only visit to the Compasses, was very happy to find that the standards have been maintained and would recommend this establishment to anyone who appreciates good food and surroundings.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • Early evening dinner
    mb1311
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Friendly staff, reasonabley priced wine excellent food
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another visit
    Eat4four
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant. Our second visit this year. Food lovely. Would recommend.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • special diets
    Claire
    Dined on 14/4/2014
    You need to double check with staff that what they serve you is suitable. I have twice been served gluten containing food which has been marked gluten free on the special menu provided for those with special dietary needs. In other respects this is an excellent place for a meal
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • We enjoyed the relaxed attention
    Groomies
    Dined on 16/3/2014
    We enjoyed the relaxed attention to detail; good food; plenty of space between the tables; friendly and cheerful staff; this was our first visit but will definitely be back to try a meal after a ramble in the lovely countryside setting. Thank you all
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    Eat4four
    Dined on 28/2/2014
    A most relaxing evening with friends who all enjoyed their choice from the menu and the specials boards. The service was excellent and very well presented. Would definitely recommend.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little slice of Essex
    cmk45
    Dined on 21/2/2014
    The Compass was recommended and it did not fail to please.We were looking for a country pub,with good food.We were blessed with a sunny day,but feel we would have had a good welcome whatever the weather.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and friendly
    Jdw31
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    I haven't been here for many years and was not disappointed with the changes to the decor. The food has always been excellent and it was on this occasion too. The venison was cooked just right for the main and the desserts were great too. The atmosphere was peaceful( we sat down at 6:30 pm) and when more people arrived it just felt a good place to be. The service was very good and friendly. Just for reference, we ordered from a Valentines menu, so cannot comment on the main menu. :) *******
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening meal
    RJS11
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    We were looking for somewhere to eat between Braintree and Colchester and found The Compasses on the internet beforehand. We booked our table online, which was quick and easy. It is a little oasis up a country lane, but so glad we found somewhere serviing quality fresh food in a lovely setting, than eating at the more obvious visable options en-route. The welcome was very friendly and well organised, a relaxed atmosphere, plenty of space between tables so you could have a private dining experience rather than feeling you're sharing your meal with lots of other people. The room we were in was a bit cool, but it was very cold outside and they had given each table a portable heater, so that was fine. I would certainly visit again and recommend
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gastropub, lovely location
    tired0fcooking
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    The Compasses at Pattiswick between Braintree and Coggeshall is at the top of a winding country road, and by the time you round the last corner you may be wondering if you'll ever get there, but, trust me, it's worth persevering. This is a fine, comfortable gastro-pub with log fires in winter, a terrace for summer dining and outstanding and imaginative food, beautifully presented. The sticky treacle-cooked pork ribs were the best, stickiest and most tender I've ever eaten. Giant prawns came with a pile of wonderfully crispy vegetable strips and an asia-inspired sauce. Their fish and meat dishes are excellent, and puddings are both lovely to look at and even lovelier to eat. So it's well worth the detour.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aussie night out
    MaggieR
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We took some Australian friends to eat at The Compasses as we wanted them to experience an English gastro pub at its best and it didn't disappoint! Excellent food and wine and good service- we will definitely go back. The only negative thing was that the restaurant was quite cold - fortunately we all had sweaters and so kept them on!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect birthday!
    Chris
    Dined on 15/12/2013
    I visited with my girlfriend and best mate to have a birthday lunch. We were early but we're seeted straight away. The food was great, enough to time was given to eat your food and settle before the next course however food was served promptly with a smile. Once finished we returned to the bar where we felt some comfortable that we then spent the next 3 hours drinking and chatting. To summarise, great food, great atmosphere and great service!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed our return visit
    luvthewine
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    We enjoyed our return visit to the Compasses, having the offer lunch menu which was really good value with no stinting on the vegetables or portion sizes. All clearly home cooked. Usual good service. Tempted to try the Christmas lunches/dinners at 19.95 for three courses, coffee and mince pies!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could't fault it!
    SallyVIP
    Dined on 23/11/2013
    Friendly tentative staff, yummy food and great wine list. My first visit and my partners visit in a while and he joined the wine club which sounds fab. Great menu and very reasonable. Very pretty, down to the detail of the wild flowers on the tables and lovely surroundings. Worth a visit and we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    Samski
    Dined on 20/10/2013
    This was our second visit to your lovely restaurant, to celebrate a family birthday. Wonderful food, beautifully presented in a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Very interesting and varied menu, and I would certainly recommend you. Can't wait to make another visit!
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had an excellent meal here
    insearchofrealfood
    Dined on 27/9/2013
    Had an excellent meal here with friends. The staff were friendly, the food very good and the wait between the courses was just right. Will definitely eat here again and look forward to it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular
    Ossiebod
    Dined on 22/9/2013
    Been here many times, its always good. Very relaxed atmosphere, never rushed or hurried.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    likepubgrub
    Dined on 19/9/2013
    Had an excellent lunch. Food delicious, good choice on menu, friendly service and good value. Thoroughly enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since 19 May 2014
    • Average Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambience3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Value3.7
  • The following 474 reviews are from the The Compasses at Pattiswick reviews archive.
  • Great for kids
    Charles80
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Venue- Great cosy building, with good ambiance given the number of other diners. Outdoor space was really good for my kids who enjoyed the bouncy castle and climbing equipment. Food- Selection was good, both for adults and kids. However i thought the Roast Pork was quite smalll and more like a couple of rashers of Bacon. My friends said the same re the beef. These were the more expensive items on the menu, so had expecetd better value. Only other comment that only one real ale was on tap at the time. A greater selection woudl have been good. Overall we had a good time.
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    child friendly, Sunday lunch
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  • Very enjoyable experience
    Adiner
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Really enjoyed our meal. Its very good for children with play area & bouncy castle. We really enjoyed our time there. Thank you.
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    likepubgrub
    Dined on 30/8/2013
    Everything about our evening at the Compasses was perfect. The food was excellent and arrived quickly - great choices on the menu too. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful and there was a great atmosphere there.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • lovely food and nice for families
    jennylonglegs
    Dined on 27/7/2013
    we have visited many times before and always received very good service. The food as always was lovely, good choice and good quality. Would definitely recommend this to friends for either a get together for a group or for a nice family or friends meal. We liked the meal very much. The price was good too, very reasonable for the quality of food.
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    special occasions, child friendly, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner for seven
    peter
    Dined on 27/5/2013
    The compasses is a delightful restaurant overlooking open expanses of Essex countryside, yet a short drive off the A120. The welcome is warm and the dining room is quiet and comfortable. The varied menu included some interesting dishes. The Haggis scotch egg (duck) was particularly good. The wine list was reasonably priced and the overall meal was excellent value for money.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the meal was made better by
    loveabargainVIP
    Dined on 26/5/2013
    the meal was made better by the beautiful sunny day
    Special Features:
    business meals, brunch, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately empty when we
    Sixfbree
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Unfortunately empty when we arrived and still had to wait to get served. Anxious that the pub website showed chef vacancies required - and they did!! £ 90.00 for two was just not good value.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Nice Country pub
    luvthewine
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    The Compasses at Pattiswick serves food made by real chefs at reasonable prices. Welcomed on arrival, the service is relaxed but efficient. A good all round experience which will ensure you visit more than once!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    I have been to this restaurant a number of times in the past and enjoyed the meal immensely. This time was truly awful. The waitress made many mistakes with our order and forget desserts entirely. In addition, I found the food itself to be rather amateurish and either too strongly flavoured or no flavour at all. I will not visit again.
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  • Have eaten here often,Always
    happy
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    Have eaten here often,Always good food and good service and reasonable price. What more can you ask for.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.