The Compasses Inn

4.6
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184 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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BW
London
26 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Compasses Inn had been recommended by friends some time ago. Only just followed up. We've been missing out! The inn is fascinating in itself - old and quirky with a rich history. The food and service excellent - with a very good wine list to match.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely authentic and well cooked local food served with great attention to detail

PZ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love to come here with the kids before they start their week - they look forward to it and we’re never disappointed

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stokingly good in every way. If you are in the area, are looking for great food and enjoy an old-school, pub ambience, then this is an absolute must. It’s the kind of place you yearn to have as a local. 11/10

SN
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love eating at the Compasses. The service is warm and friendly and efficient and the food is always delicious.

KH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited The Compasses Inn a few times since moving to a nearby area. It is definitely one of the best for tasty and well cooked meals.

GN
Bath
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Absolutely lovely lunch with a really interesting menu and super service. The pub is in a beautiful setting and the whole experience was first class.

GR
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Off the beaten track but really enjoyable. Great food, will be back.

KR
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cozy pub!Food brilliant and staff awesome!

PZ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

love the Sunday evening menu, great place to have a quiet catch up with the family

JM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

On a cold day it was a pity the pub wasn't warmer - there was a log fire but it was hardly in and kept going out. How different it would have been if there had been a blazing fire

JM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little country pub with excellent food .
Would highly recommend this pub.

LD
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Roast lamb on the menu sometimes would be good. Otherwise we had a lovely meal. The staff were attentive and friendly. Just one other thing from a safety perspective, they should think about getting a guard for the log fire. Some of the hot wood spat out on to the floor very close to a child who was sitting with her back to the fire. I jumped up to retrieve it with tongs and threw back on the fire. I did alert the staff. We'll be back.

HM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely village pub with great food. We will be back

j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A magnificent and very old ( 300 to 400 years) inn. Food delicious and a bit different. Service fast warm and friendly and the atmosphere is of course outstanding. Many thanks

DL
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very friendly staff. Delicious food. Beer in very good condition. Lovely place.

JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a proper pub, full of cheer. Warm welcome from staff. An interesting menu. Food was delicious. Portions were generous without overwhelming us. We will certainly be telling our friends about it and if we are in the area again will come back.

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seasonal menu changing daily although the regular favourites on the 'bar' are always available . This is our favourite place to eat in Wiltshire. Staff are always welcoming and friendly. Fantastic food

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely old pub that we have not visited for a long time but will definitely be back soon. Delicious food and friendly helpful staff.

F
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely dinner, really high standard, in atmospheric pub

JA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pub with amazing atmosphere
Delicious food
Wonderful staff

JD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GF
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful atmospheric pub with great food and good local bitter.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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