The Withies Inn

4.5
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374 reviews
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British
For Sundays reservations please contact the venue.
Located in the tiny hamlet of Compton in Surrey, The Withies Inn dates from the 16th century, and has been unobtrusively modernised to accommodate a small, first-class restaurant. Attractive low beams and an eclectic interior add to an atmosphere which is relaxed, informal and individual. When weather permits an attractive Pergola allows meals to be eaten out of doors in the delightful garden. Compton itself lies directly on the historic Pilgrims' Way, possessing a church with a rare two-storey chancel, and a picture gallery devoted to the works of Victorian painter G F Watts. The Withies Inn stands in unspoiled country on Compton common, just below the Hog's Back, and on the edge of Loseley Park and it's charming Elizabethan Manor House. Very well-known and mentioned in many discriminating reference books, The Withies Inn is extremely popular. A warm welcome awaits you.
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PD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb Valentines night. Menu excellent as was everything else. Back with the family
this evening!

P
London
54 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable, charming, historic, excellent food, personal service, very good wines – fully recommended!

JR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our daughter's favourite restaurant but we find it very much stuck in a 1970s timewharp. Food and presentation desperately needs updating.

PJ
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had not been to the Withies for at least 3 years. I had heard it was under new management. Apparently not.
I was delighted to find everything as good as I remembered.

JB
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Withies Inn never fails - I had taken a business colleague who hadn't ever been and it was great to see his reaction. The staff, the food the atmosphere - one of Surreys gems.

MG
London
20 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service very slow, place was very busy so service expected to be slower than normal. Had to go the bar to get menus, then had to go again to get horseradish as waiters seemed to forget us as were were tucked away at the back. 4 of us had roast. The beef was very good but the pork was very fatty and a poor cut of meat. Could have done with abiy for bed for the 4 of us.

A
Surrey
22 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always

JC
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent . The tables are a little close together but this did not detract from the whole experience since the restaurant was not full. Certainly one of the best restaurants in the area and considering the overall experience not overpriced.

AW
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quite traditional/old fashioned, but food delicious. Fish and chips were excellent, however beef stroganov was presented very poorly, just slipped onto plate, didn't look at all appetising

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Sadly the food here is to the same standard as it was 25 years ago
However it is no longer an acceptable standard given how cuisine has moved on since then

P
London
54 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having not eaten here for a couple of years, I was delighted to experience that nothing had changed! This remains the most characterful, friendly establishment with excellent personal service, first-class food and a huge amount of charm.

R
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great quality ingredients, perfectly cooked in character environment.

l
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Withies remains an inviting venue with first class service and vey good food, which has a long tradition and which it has retained admirably. It made a dinner to celebrate an 80th birthday a most enjoyable occasion.

L
London
67 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcoming staff who did not rush you. Food was excellent although slightly leaning towards the pricey side but none the less it will not stop me from going back. Lovely atmosphere and very cosy with a log fire burning.

JJ
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The venue itself is lovely but the food is way over priced. The service was slow and the waiters were scruffy.

CG
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as always. ..... no need to say anymore.

A
Surrey
23 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Works Christmas dinner

k
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience, brilliant service very friendly would highly recommend excellent value for money.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with my wife for her birthday. We had booked which was just as well because it was busy but, the food & service was excellent in a very cosy atmosphere. A very enjoyable experience.

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & food excellent as always...car parking a problem, something I have not experienced before, is it possible that people who are not patrons of the Restaurant are using the car park walkers etc ?
Otherwise excellent lunch

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Great food, great service, cosy atmosphere.

CP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We often go to the Withies if we want a really good meal, in an environment where we can catch up with fmaily and friends in a relaxed environment. Love the menu, great pub environment and the service is just excellent.

m
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service, very interesting retro menu, no complaints at all, we will be back.

K
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect dining experience. Fabulous food and friendly staff.

JD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and friendly staff

TM
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We have used the Withies for over 50yrs, the service remains excellent but the cooking does not justify the high prices. Ther medium/rare steak tasted fine but was medium the chips were standard fare. I could get this quality food at half the price.
Regretably farewell Withies

MP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely meal.

The food was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.

The service was excellent.

PL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Lunch took nearly three hours despite us getting there at 12.15pm.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Lovely, extensive wine list. Super service!

SM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful place and very friendly service but quite a wait for food despite not being too busy when we arrived.

L
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Withies is a very atmospheric inn with a cosy environment. We would like to have given the service 5 stars as initially it very much was. However, after the main rush of serving was past, it seemed that several staff had a break and we then waited rather a long while to be served coffee, and another long wait for the bill. It rather took the edge off an excellent evening. The food was very good although vegetarians and vegans don't have much to chose from.

VG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service, very nice waiters , the pub brilliant. The one thing that spoils it, is the pricing.
Some of the meals don’t come with veg etc, do you end up paying extra.
The quality of the food is excellent, & would go more often if it wasn’t for the price.
Keep up the good work, as it’s hard to find a very good pub in Surrey still going.

PL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a super lunch - as always. The food is always good but it was also served quickly and efficiently which, given how busy they were, was an outstanding performance.

We have already booked our next lunch!

PT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant pub with great food and service, don’t miss this great place.

A
Surrey
23 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always

M
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The Inn itself is beautiful, sadly, what you Expect is not what you get. You expect something special to go with the beautiful surroundings of a 16th century pub, but alas we were disappointed. The food was “okay” nothing special and not worth the expense. The Withies has so much going for it, they need a rethink of the menu, bring the menu into the 21st century at least!

RR
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent, beautiful oldie worldie pub and the waitress was lovely, treated us like we were regulars. I can see why the landlord has kept her there for 34yrs!! We'll try a Sunday lunch next.

l
London
16 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Withies always delivers. The food and service is very good. The venue is exactly what you expect from an old established Inn. Hard to fault!

DR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local pub, excellent service and I really love the setting and ambiance.

C
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Old fashioned, rather than olde worlde. Dates menu and decor appealing only to an old clientele. A shame.