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The Compasses Inn

4.4
90 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
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  • Cosy
  • Lunch
  • 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.
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 90 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 23 April 2018

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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1.0Dined on 21 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 16 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 11 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 7 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 30 January 2018

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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4.0Dined on 23 December 2017

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

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4.0Dined on 16 December 2017

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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4.0Dined on 30 November 2017

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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4.0Dined on 14 November 2017

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!!

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2017

Loved it, amazing food. Proper pub. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2017

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!!.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2017

Fabulous old country pub setting with great food & friendly service

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on 18 February 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2017

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!!!

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5.0Dined on 23 December 2016

Wonderful. Could have better hand drying towels in the loo.

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4.0Dined on 10 December 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on 16 November 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on 15 November 2016

Excellent food in a relaxing atmosphere. Very welcoming and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on 18 October 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on 10 October 2016

Delicious food with very friendly staff. Greatly enjoyed our meal.

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4.0Dined on 9 October 2016

Great Sunday Roast in a wonderfully atmospheric old place.

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5.0Dined on 13 August 2016

Really enjoyed our visits to this delightful country pub - lovely setting, lovely food and lovely staff.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on 30 May 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on 13 December 2015

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.

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5.0Dined on 19 September 2015

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.

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