The Compasses Inn

4.4
114 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Worth the Drive
  • Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
English, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
01722 714318
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Dave Cousin
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Catering
Upon request.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Outdoor dining
What 114 People Are Saying
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LO
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family had traveled from the USA and upon there arrival noticed a review in the Times
After traveling to Wiltshire to spend time with us, there eargerness to try the restaurant out was very apparent
They along with us were not disappointed!!
I’d recommend the restaurant, well worth the drive .

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A
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A superb country style, traditional pub/restaurant. A little out of the way so could be difficult to find. Be aware that connecting roads are single track.

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GS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another lovely meal (this time Fish Pie and Roasted Belly Pork), well presented and well served.

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PG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Have been irregular visitors over the years, generally in the winter and under several different owners.
Arrived slightly late for our booked time to find the place completely empty,oh one couple outside in the front garden , but no one behind the bar. Had to call out and be greeted “oh about to ring to check you were coming” ..we were slightly late. But it was like the ‘Marie Celeste’ so an odd greeting in the circumstances and not a great welcome.
Disappointing menu for lunch though the fish , plaice, was excellent. The kofta curry was extremely disappointing , slightly spicy but really tasteless. The chocolate desert though was good.
The ambiance improved as a few more people arrived . However as we left our friends said “well we won’t be back for a while.”

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G
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely old pub in a really quiet location. Great service at lunchtime and really good food. Service was just right. We stayed so long over lunch chatting and having coffee and the staff needed to close, but didn't rush us at all and we did appreciate that. Would definitely return if in the area and would recommend for a good lunch with an emphasis on local produce. Opens again for dinner in the evening.

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JP
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit for Saturday Supper and we will come again as new "Locals"
Great venue friendly and professional service and excellent food all in a fun and vibrant atmosphere

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MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at The Compasses and had dinner there on Saturday night. The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend.

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O
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent all round. Friendly and helpful service. Wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Can't be bettered.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very warm, friendly welcome. The food and setting were great.

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SK
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visit the Compass Pub quite often and it always has rewarded us with a good meal, friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere. Which is why we keep going back!

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PG
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent evening, although the booking had not been received by the Compasses. In spite of this and a fairly full restaurant, we were accommodated. Highly recommended. Very good meal.

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GH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visiting for our son's wedding and on recommendation ate there twice during the week. Just what we wanted to calm us during the very busy preparations. A haven amidst the 'organised' chaos leading up to the day! Good beer, good food and friendly staff. Lovely atmosphere. Thank you.

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D
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance, great service and very interesting food. Lovely old pub with a nice pub garden both at the front and back of the property. Nicely done, not hurried and very local

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good quality fresh food! I Highly recommend this pub

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful pub, very unique. My food was wonderful. I would recommend to anyone

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JP
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Risotto I have ever had - great staff
We had a really good evening and as new Residents in Hindon will certianly come again

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G
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Good staff but overstretched so our sweet order was overlooked. Good main course but sweets poor,the pastry in chocolate tart was over cooked. I thought sweets were pricey.
Ambience was ok but there were some very loud people on the next table which detracted a bit from the experience.
All in all probably wouldn’t go again.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic choice of menu, quality food and service. Lovely staff and could not recommend it enough!

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GB
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very pleasant visit to the Compasses, as usual. Perhaps slightly under-staffed for a busy summer evening, but not serious. Food good as always.

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CE
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our visit to the Compasses. The bar lady was very friendly and efficient and the service was excellent. We both had the ceasar salad as a starter and it was so tasty - I wish I had chosen it as a main. My main, the welsh rarebit was slightly disappointing, slightly dry and lacking in flavour, more like cheese on toast but my husband really enjoyed his main of burger and chips.

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JR
Bath
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, great location, friendly service we will be back!

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PR
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good meals. One steak, perfectly cooked, and a nice risotto. Would have liked more vegetarian options. Good service. Would love to return soon.

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J
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic find! We will be back. Lovely place, great food, wonderful service in a stunning setting. Beautiful building too

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely traditionally English pub set in beautiful countryside.
Very friendly and good food.

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HD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although there is a lot of external work going on, the garden doesn't look at its best and you have to walk through scaffolding to get in the good and service is great. The almond tart with orange ice cream was absolutely fabulous.

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j
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

One vegetarian option. strongly spiced, my wife left 70%main meal on plate. Side orders forgotten. Menu did'nt relate to menu on website.My soup starter again strongly spiced.and sampling my wives meal, tasted similar.Flapjack desert also a disappointment, again with very strong flavors. Overall very disappointing, as have previously eaten here on numerous occasions in the past, with wonderful food and service.

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P
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Imaginative menu. I had grilled tongue. surprisingly good . usually only served sliced cold in jelly. Ample car park and good service.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. We were late and the place was busy, but we still received excellent service and the food came quickly. Well worth the drive to this beautiful location, and a friendly pub with top food.

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P
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal ..really well looked after in a friendly cosy pub atmosphere.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect example of the quintessential English country pub. Always delivers a great evening. Setting and atmosphere second to none, low beams, dark corners (in a good way... feels like a hobbit house!), warm fire, old furniture, classic pub food, done with style. 3 real ales, good selection of wines and other drinks. Unobtrusive, low-key and friendly service. Honestly, it doesn't get much better than this.

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RW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very helpful and attentive, food was very good ambience was very cosy all that you would expect from a country pub

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RE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious choices for meat and fish eaters but only one main vegetarian option that was so small my husband had to order a starter and chips to top it up. Maybe two veggie options?

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NR
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Compasses may be hard to find but it is worth it, for it is in many ways the perfect country pub. Medieval in origin, it is set in idyllic countryside and has ancient beams, fireplace, flagstones. The food, however, is right up to date without being over-trendy or pretentious. Cooking has improved recently under its new management but the beer remains as good as ever. There is a decent wine list and NO PIPED MUSIC (a rare joy). Dogs and children welcome but do book.

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FR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly well informed staff, excellent food and great ambience.
A wonderful traditional pub which I would recommend to anyone for lunch or evening meal

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EM
London
24 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A delightful pub in a remote location, full of atmosphere and very old, with a real fire. The food was good and we will definitely go back.

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G
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We knew The Compasses well some years ago but only came back last week. An imaginative menu and really tasty food. Warm and snug on a very cold day. Great rabbit, schnitzel and good vegetarian options. Good house wines and amazing puds. It will be one of our regular lunch venues from now on

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was interesting and very tasty in just the right portion sizes. The room was a bit gloomy at first but the blazing fire near us was nicely warming and not too hot. The only downside is that on a first visit it is easy to drive straight past as the signs were not obvious - maybe part of the plan!

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Change of management has worked wonders, staff now welcoming. Building creates atmosphere, staff the ambience.

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

AnthonyL

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