The Compasses Inn

4.6
153 reviews
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English
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  • Authentic
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.
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W
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The standard of food at this pub is breathtaking. A really imaginative menu mixing traditional pub grub with other tasty options. We had lamb kebabs with a salad and grains and it was so delicious my wife said it was the best meal she had had in a while. The scotch eggs as a starter are insane , hot with egg running.

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DF
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and a pub which still retains its original character . Excellent!

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GF
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful atmospheric pub with great food and good local bitter.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect country pub for a relaxed meal, complete with a good selection of ale and friendly service!

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JT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. Old pub in glorious part of Wiltshire. Dark and atmospheric with great beer and comfortable rooms

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R
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch with 4 friends this week - my hake was divine. Friendly and knowledgeable hosts in out of the way, old thatched cottage. Just lovely, thank you.

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s
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely character pub .full of atmosphere always our go to place for a cosy evening service excellent staff smiley and helpful .really good food lovely choices .thank you for a lovely evening for our anniversary .

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DL
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited with some friends over from the USA who found the whole experience amazing. My wife eats only a plant based diet whom they catered well for with a tasty bowl of chilli. The whole time from entering to leaving was a joy.

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AM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Pub that I can't recommend highly enough !! Great building, not modernised .

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very nice evening! We could spend time outside in the terrace and then have dinner inside. Very cozy and Holly and Matthew have been super kind with us!!! Definitely waiting to come back soon!!!

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JW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite pubs. Food is consistently good. Chilli squid especially! Good English pub, definitely recommend.

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TF
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Traditional pub, cosy and full of character. Excellent food and friendly service. One of our local favourites

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SL
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, relaxed atmosphere. What’s not to love!

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CS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful day, delicious food, great wine......discreet service, what more to ask?

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LK
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just brilliant! A real gem of a traditional pub. Cannot fault the food or the service. They take dogs too! We will definitely be back.

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AT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent
Our favourite venue
If you like log fires good food and a real old pub then look no further

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PB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely experience, good food and looking forward to our next visit

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OT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice pub. With good atmosphere. Food fair but portions small for the price.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously we wish this was our local pub! Currently on mid term break, experiencing Bath, Bovey Castle, Boscastle and then Compasses Inn. What a treat! From the experience of driving down the single track roads to the pub, opening the door, hearing the laughter from fellow guests. What warmth and open arms...the service is beyond words, food delicious....as I said...can you please come to Chiswick and be our local pub?

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PG
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Compasses Inn, its very rare to find a pub these days with all of the original features. Was very cosy and we were lucky to get a table by the log fire.

Food was delicious and the rooms super comfy and breakfast delicious. Was also a nice touch to provide homemade cookies on arrival and high quality toiletries. Will be back if we are in the area again.

Thanks for your hospitality.

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F
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bijou, warm , welcoming. The Venison was better than that served up at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath.
The gentleman looking after us was friendly and well mannered. Have been in some nice Inns but what is so special about The Compasses is that it retains it's character. We LOVE it . And the location is superb.
Bests from Elsa-Marie
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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take someone for sunday lunch, a quiet evening, a party or a special occasion. Excellent prompt service - interesting menu and well prepared imaginative food.

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WL
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is really worth the effort making the journey to this country pub, cosy inside for the winter months and plenty of outdoor space in unspoilt countryside in the summer. The friendly service and atmosphere, combined with a delicious menu of classic and inventive dishes using locally sourced produce make this place an absolute gem which we always enjoy going back to.

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LW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmospheric pub, delicious imaginative menu and smiley friendly staff in a real pub decor. Only comment would be it needs a better outside sign, could easily miss the place.

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food exceptional service cosy ambiance. Hard to see how it could be bettered.

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DF
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, just the ideal amount and great atmosphere. Highly Recommend!!!!

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JV
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were welcomed very warmly, the delicious food arrived quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.

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OT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Venison pie was overcooked and dry. Small scoop of mash potato. Overpriced.

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J
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I had lunch at the Compasses with my husband and two other couples. We all very much greatly enjoyed our meal but it was very much spoilt by feeling extremely cold. We arrived, as booked, at 12.30 to find the fire only just being lit. Our very friendly round table was a good way from the fire and its effects never reached us. When we stated that we were very cold, we were told that there was also a gas heater but it was not on even though it was a very cold day. After some delay and phone calls, it was lit. However, although some heat was given out on the other side of the heater, none was given out to us and we remained very cold. the only other heater appeared to be an electric heater which was off-the-chill but by no means warm. Several of the party kept their thick outdoor coats on throughout, the rest of us retained all of our warm layers. The chilly atmosphere was not lightened by the staff one of whom was extremely efficient but not at all friendly. The staff did not seem to hang around in the bar or restaurant area! The coldness of the bar/restaurant and staff have greatly influenced the value score I have given as I think one should be comfortable in a restaurant, pub or otherwise. None of the attractions listed with tick boxes seems to apply: it seems noteworthy for the quality of the old building and the food.

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SO
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently interesting and delicious food in this delightful unspoilt country pub. The bar is cosy and attractive with several good beers and ciders and the staff are friendly and attentive. Takes a little persistence to get there down single track roads but always well worth it and very good value for money.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time that l've eaten here and it din't disappoint. Lovely ambience with all the Christmas decorations and a log fire. The food was delicious, especially the chocolate dessert with liquor cherries!

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VS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit in as many months. New menu each time. Several standout dishes each time. Delicious. Carefully prepared and presented. Good humoured, helpful and relaxed staff. My favourite restaurant this year.

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JM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic traditional cosy pub with excellent locally sourced food and a great chef.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever, lovely beer, delicious food, attentive and charming staff, and a comfortable setting. I am however, biased as it has been my favorite pub for 20 plus years.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i am loathe to recommend this restaurant as I may not get a booking for myself!
Excellenet

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We attended after reading Giles Corans rave review but my food was really overpriced unfortunately - over £18 for a very small "seafood thermidor" and a few chips and a bowl of lettuce. It was a really small portion - 3 or 4 scallops with some cheap looking prawns in a mildly thermidor-ish sauce....really disappointing unfortunately. My friends meals were all perfectly nice - the pork crackling was lovely and the atmos and service was good.

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b
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A characterful cosy pub with great wholesome unpretentious food.

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem - lovely buzzy, but cosy, atmosphere in an authentically old pub. Great beers and wine and very good food and super service. The menu is just right: a balance of classics with thoughtful and interesting variations and without pretention.

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KH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Compasses Inn is an absolute gem. We had a wonderful 3 course lunch and every single element of each dish was cooked to perfection. The dishes were packed with flavour, the portions were good and everything was just so delicious and so good too to see local produce (eg beef) being used throughout. The ambience is relaxed, service was good without being overbearing and the whole experience was flawless. We will definitely return.

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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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