The Compasses Inn

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165 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
The main bar has eleven tables with an adjacent small dining room of two tables which can seat up to sixteen people for small private parties. Our chef is Paddy Davy who changes the menu twice daily. We source as much food as possible locally, much of it from within a few miles of the inn.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, the highlight being a ridiculously good hogett hotpot. Good children’s options too and an excellent choice of homemade desserts. All in all, excellent value for money for high quality homemade food. I would say, if being critical that the outside and some of the inside could do with a tidy up but it’s a proper country pub with lots of original touches and character. Will definitely return.

SO
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favourite pub in the South West for consistently delicious food in wonderfully relaxed surroundings.

L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely dinner, really high standard, in atmospheric pub

JA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

There is very limited choice for vegetarians, disappointing. The pub is full of character but is dingy and cramped.

JE
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have stayed at The Compasses inn many times but it has gone down in our estimation. We stayed in the cottage which was poorly equipped and needed some TLC. The menu has changed considerably and not for the better. The prices were high and selection scant. The quality of my meal was mediocre at best.
We will not be going again.

S
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved this pub and will definitely go back and recommend to others. A rare gem of a find. Very old and pretty building and quirky (in a good way) and welcoming inside. Relaxed and warm atmosphere and the landlord and staff were very helpful and friendly. A good range of food available and our meal was just what we were looking for and served quickly and efficiently.

J
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant old village pub serving great food. Will definitely be eating here again.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous pub with amazing atmosphere
Delicious food
Wonderful staff

JD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub with great food and excellent service, I highly recommend this place!

CD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every time my family and I visit the Compasses we wish we came every week. The food is beautifully cooked and presented while the overall atmosphere never fails to charm. A jewel in the crown as far as we’re concerned.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner venue, we took friends who hadn't been before, they were very impressed. 3 of us had the fish pies (with a portion of chips ! ) and one curry. All clean plates. Very acceptable bottle of red, 3 dessert plus 1 cheese. A very enjoyable evening in a comfortable venue

C
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The bar man could not get our order right, despite checking with us on several occasions . It wasn’t even a complicated order.
He then tried to charge us for another table’s food and drink and assured us he hadn’t processed the wrong payment. When we got home, we checked our bank account and had been charged for both tables, ours and the other table. We spent quite a long time on the phone waiting for the refund to be agreed and was not even offered any compensation for their terrible service or mistake. I am still waiting for the refund to credit my account.

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.

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!

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

Wonderful atmospheric pub with great food and good local bitter.

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!

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

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.

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 .

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.

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 .

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!!!

JW
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
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.

TF
London
2 reviews
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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!!

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.

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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