Staff were very helpful and attentive, food was very good ambience was very cosy all that you would expect from a country pub
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?
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.
Friendly well informed staff, excellent food and great ambience.
A wonderful traditional pub which I would recommend to anyone for lunch or evening meal
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.
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
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!
Change of management has worked wonders, staff now welcoming. Building creates atmosphere, staff the ambience.
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!!
Loved it, amazing food. Proper pub. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Highly recommend.
So nice to find a cosy, creaky old inn. Amazing food- totally delish from all 4 of us!
Atmospheric, candles on the tables and a cosy booth. Friendly and welcoming landlord.
A jewel in the Wiltshire countryside
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 had a fantastic meal here, as always!..The food was outstanding..The pub has a really lovely ambience, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
This pub is very local to us, for which we are very lucky!!.
Fabulous old country pub setting with great food & friendly service
This was the second time I have visited this venue and it didn't let me down. The staff, food and the ambience make this a place to surprise visitors from overseas, as I did. Thank you to all the staff.
This is a country pub and it is hidden away. It should be a real gem, but it was lacking in certain areas. I would have expected to see a wider range of real ales (only one to choose from). Seating is not that comfortable. The food is acceptable but not exceptional. The toilet area needs a good clean and tidy around. Overall, I was a little disappointed in what first appeared to be a lovely country pub. The younger barman was very hospitable, the waitress was pleasant if not very switched on. Would I go again, no. Although, I have to say, it suited others as they were very busy.
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!!!
Wonderful. Could have better hand drying towels in the loo.
Excellent food. Unfortunately one of the main course orders wasn't taken so that plate didn't arrive with the others and was therefore late.
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.
Excellent food in a relaxing atmosphere. Very welcoming and accommodating.
Wonderful food, and plenty of it. My venison was cooked beautiful.
A real old pub, with great beer and open fire.
No fuss service, just as we like it.
Delicious food with very friendly staff. Greatly enjoyed our meal.
Great Sunday Roast in a wonderfully atmospheric old place.
Really enjoyed our visits to this delightful country pub - lovely setting, lovely food and lovely staff.
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.
we had a great meal at the compasses and 5 stars would have been awarded if the extra gravy, i asked for, arrived. pleasant old world pub with helpful staff. we will go again in the near future.
We had been recommended the Compasses Inn by a friend and we were not disappointed. The pub itself has immense character, extremely old and quaint but not spoilt by "old world trappings" as some are. The food was simply excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We definitely plan to return and will take friends and family.
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.
A perfect local English pub, serving a great pint (recommend Butcombe) and great gastro-pub style food. The highlight was the friendly and efficient staff. Thanks for a great lunch.
Cute village pub come restaurant tucked out of the way and all the better for it. Very friendly service, decent menu and nice wines. The duck is fantastic. Perfect for a roast in the country on the weekend.
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.
With fantastic food, but a small, quintessentially English pub interior, you can expect The Compasses to be noisy and busy with locals. I think you can also expect that on very busy nights you may have to wait a little longer for your delicious food. The atmosphere was lively with chatter and laughter the Saturday evening we chose to dine, the beer was excellent and in good condition, the service friendly, aware and apologetic that we had had a bit of a wait, and the food worth the waiting for.
It is nice to see an unspoilt country pub that serves very good food. The ambiance is just what you would hope for and the service excellent. There is a good range of food at lunchtime from sandwiches to something a lot more serious and if you have room for a pud, they are worth every penny. A very well run establishment in a delightful setting.
Staff are very friendly and attentive, food is excellent and you can't beat the charm of this low ceiling traditional country pub.
Exceptional food, we arrived at the same time as a large group so were told there would be a delay for our order, we asked if there was any bread, and we were brought a large basked of beautiful fresh bread, butter and a bowl of olives! And we really didn't have to wait for our food. Very unusual menu and some great specials.
The Compass Inn is a quaint country pub, with very friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere, the food is outstanding and it also caters for children too.