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.