About The Compasses Inn
The main bar has eleven tables with an adjacent small dining room of three tables which can seat up to sixteen people for small private parties. All our dishes are freshly made by our chefs Dave Cousin and Nick White. The menu is written on black-boards as it frequently changes, affording us the opportunity to focus on seasonal food and local availability.
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6NB
English, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
£25 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Outdoor dining
The Compasses Inn Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I wanted do do something a little different for our wedding anniversary so fancied a pub lunch and a walk in the countryside. I searched for walks in Wiltshire and came across one starting at Chilgrove - with parking at the Compasses Inn. We thought it would be rude not to book a table for lunch at the pub. The pub appeared very unassuming and we could easily have driven straight passed it - but the discrete AA 4 star sign hinted at the standard to expect. We were not disappointed - what a superb, traditional little inn it is. Staff were friendly and the food was delicious. We were amused by the 'Bartering Board' where people are invited to bring game in exchange for beer/wine - not the sort of thing you would see in your local Wetherspoons. Brilliant!
A delightful little gem tucked away in rural Wiltshire. Highly recommended.
We have been going to The Compasses for many years.....always a great experience with super food and ambience. It is a romantic retreat, olde worlde but keeping up to date with menu and wine lists. However, it is as suitable for groups of friends as couples. No nasty slot or games machines!! The Compasses has always had an elegant feel to it. Alan and Christine have just handed over the reins to new owners.....to whom we wish every success.....but whatever you do, please don.t tryo change it too much!!!
Surroundings were pleasant, service was friendly and efficient. Food was good and reasonably priced. The only downsides were that we'd booked a table via Open Table and the restaurant was unaware of that when we arrived. Also there were lots of flies around - not pleasant. Overall though, a lovely relaxing experience.
11 May 2016 was our second lunchtime visit to this wonderful country pub. The welcome that you get from the courteous and friendly staff is extremely warming. Service is excellent and the choice of food is very good and of brilliant quality. If you want a meal in a lovely country pub environment with excellent staff, then don't hesitate - go to the Compasses Inn, Lower Chicksgrove.
This was honestly one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere. Lovely old pub tucked away down a narrow lane. All choices on the menu were a bit different to the usual. We had pigeon breast and a mushroom dish for starters and scallop risotto and lamb rump for mains, all beautifully cooked and presented. Gastro pub prices but definitely worth the money. Would certainly come again.
I go to this pub as often as I can and I'm never disappointed. The pub itself is beautiful, the old-style ambiance is great, the selection of beverages always has interesting 'guest' beers, the wine list is comfortably varied and the food is reliably very good. The pub is not pretentious and the staff are always helpful and courteous. Altogether, a great place to go for a memorable evening meal or if you simply want a drink and a snack at lunchtime.
We visited the Compasses for Sunday lunch and despite it being full, the service and the quality of the food were not compromised. It is the perfect blend of a friendly local pub and a good restaurant, and the wide selection of dishes means that everyone should find something to suit them, even on a Sunday when most pubs restrict their menus to "roasts". The pub interior is just as a country pub should be, with no music... and the only noise being the chatter from the customers. The wine varies from £16 a bottle upwards with plenty of choice and the average price of main courses is somewhere around £12-£13- excellent value for freshly cooked and well prepared food. Lovely outside area for the summer months. Dogs are allowed and even encouraged in the bar and it adds to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Friendly and welcoming; amazing out-of-the-way pub with character; pleasant garden at rear with view of fields, although other users were enjoying sitting at the front; the food we had was home-cooked, fresh and tasty. Really enjoyed our short stop-off for quick lunch.
Atmosphere aplenty! Great Sunday roast - Genuine quality food. The star was the beef. Tender, beautifully cooked and full of flavour. The bar was buzzing with conversation and felt welcoming. The staff were courteous and quick, moving around the tight bar and low beams with aplomb.
A lovely place to take a drive to and eat on a Sunday. I will be recommending it to friends and taking parents when they come down.
Ate here two nights running as we stayed at a B&B across the road. The first night we had the best meal ever, I had trout on potatoes and beetroot with a horseradish sauce, my husband had the crab salad. We both agreed that the food was superb. We followed this with peach melba and cheese and biscuits. Excellent choices! The second night we both went for steak which was good but nothing special and not as tender as we expected. Would love to go back one day for more!
Booked for Mother's day. Didn't know the area at all, but wanted a classsic country pub - and found it. Were lucky to have a table near the oak fire. Roasts were first class and deserts fresh and generous. All I need now is another excuse to be in the area,.
Excellent food, beautifully presented. Great atmosphere. Warm, friendly staff. (Our visit was on Christmas Eve, the place was very busy but the food and service was not compromised in any way). Really loved the whole experience and we will definitely revisit.
Went to The Compasses Inn with my partner and had a great meal. I booked online and the only table available to book was 11:30, when we got there the pub was empty and the kitchen wasn't open, which didn't bother me at all however I would've preferred a later booking if the pub was going to be that empty. The food was brilliant, drinks were great and service was good. Would definitely recommend.
As always the menu was well balanced for our group, wine was apparently (driving so no wine) very good, we had an enjoyable starter, main & pudding (recommend the Marmalade tart esp!)
Such a great atmosphere especially as on that chilly night our table was close to that wonderful open fire... just completed the whole experience perfectly.
Many thanks to the team which despite it being a very busy evening gave us such amazing attention!
Everyone enjoyed their evening meal which was delicious and well presented. The Inn is a welcoming place with lots of character and an open fire. It would be interesting to visit on a Thursday night when there is live music. Staff friendly - could do with learning how to make coffee which is not too strong!!
Cosy, atmospheric bar ... open fire .... handy wee corners for tables, affording element of privacy ... dog friendly .... good food .. friendly service by young staff, able to cope with elderly wrinklies with patience and charm! Only problem: when I checked to be sure they had our reservation, Open Table did not seem to have sent it --- or they had lost it.
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