WEDNESDAY to SATURDAY
Open: 12-3pm & 6pm-11pm
Food orders: 12-2:30pm & 6-9:30pm
Food orders: 12-4pm
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS
Closed (including Bank Holidays)
About Compasses Inn
Hidden above the Downs between Canterbury and Ashford in Kent, the Compasses Inn is a great Rural Country Pub find whether you are looking for a pitstop whilst cycling or walking, a relaxed lunch, a special evening meal, or a pint of fine Kentish ale.
Husband and wife team Rob & Donna Taylor are just into their third year at the Compasses and clearly have a great love for what they do - reflected in the pubs' appearance and the care and attention to every detail inside. They have a wealth of knowledge between them gained at some of the best restaurants and hotels in London and Australia
Robert says he feels lucky to own such a gorgeous pub in a very beautiful part of rural Kent. "As an area of Outstanding Natural beauty (AONB) we are surrounded by Game Estates, Rivers for Fishing, amazing Farmlands with Local Producers - and not to forget the stunning coastline within striking distance." With meats coming from as little as 1/4 mile down the road, and vegetables, herbs and fruits used from their own garden, they really have grasped the concept of fresh local produce.
Donna describes the Compasses as a "muddy wellies and fine food kind of place" adding that "we have not lost sight of the pub's history as a Fine Ale House, and we endeavour to complement this with a fine Modern British Menu offering both light lunches and full evening meals with traditional foods in contemporary style
Delightful pub with lovely warm and friendly atmosphere. Good food, generally well executed, served by appropriately attentive staff. We will return.
Excellent set lunch menu, the ox cheek starter was delicious.
A totally delicious and surprising meal, the tastiest of delights presented with such care, your eyes savour the food before you take your first spoon or fork full. The meal was a really heart warming experience you are made to feel so welcome and given the best of hospitality.
Delicious food, well presented, friendly ambience. Will come again.
A fantastic evening for my husband's birthday. We'd go back in a heartbeat... if only we could get a babysitter more often! :)
The food was delicious but my smoked salmon starter and vegetarian main dishes were very small portions compared to my partners' mushroom tart starter and pork belly main. I left feeling still peckish, which is disappointing considering the cost of the food. Excellent service and cosy interior decor - overall we would definitely recommend and I will try a different dish when I return.
Absolutely fantastic meal, we’ll be back !!!!
Our third visit, we are - obviously! - impressed. Outstanding food, very creative, puts many London restaurants to shame. Class act
Always perfect, ever evolving menu, great techniques, staff are lovely, best restaurant in Kent.
One of our favourite restaurants! Rob and his team have never failed to please! Super friendly staff and the food is phenomenal!! It’s a 50 minute drive for us with a 14 week old baby and dog! Just goes to show how good it really is here! Always coming back for more!
have been before and as last time food service and everything was first class, will be back.
This pub/restaurant was recommended by Tom Parker Bowles in the Sunday Mail/Events Magazine. We felt that we had to visit as he gave such a first class recommendation and we were not disappointed. My wife and I both had the set luncheon menu, 3 courses for £19.95 each (excellent value). We both had the Jerusalem Artichoke and Cauliflower with black garlic soup served with homemade bread and butter, chicken, ham and leek pie served with seasonal greens (calvo nero) and wild mushroom with goats cheese risotto, sticky toffee pudding with icecream and warm chocolate mousse with ice-cream, all of which without doubt were equal, if not better, than a Michelin star restaurant. Magnificent without a doubt. We were served by a very pleasant young lady who knew the menu, gave advice and knew the ingredients. Very impressive for such a small public house/restaurant. If one is hungry, do not pass this pub/restaurant, go in and eat and enjoy the atmosphere and food. We are not known by the publician or chef. This is a completely independent recommendation.
Superb lunch at this beautiful country pub. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Looking forward to when we can visit again
Every mouthful of food was delicious. A friendly welcome and a roaring fire. Our new favourite place to eat!
Another really great lunch at the Compasses superb food and great service!!
Couldn’t fault our evening at the Compasses. Food was excellent (its surely only a matter of time before a “star” is awarded), very reasonably priced wines, and an excellent atmosphere from the moment we arrived ( Donna treated us like old friends, not the first-time visitors we were). We will definitely return, and highly recommend the Compasses to all readers.
Always a pleasure to visit the Compasses, food is always spot on as is the service from the all the staff, feels very homely. The garden is perfect for kids of all ages. Couldn't recommended this place enough.
A wonderful atmosphere to match the delicious food. Truly a gem of a pub set in the Kent countryside
We love The Compasses. Always great food, great service & a fantastic wine list. I have nothing but great things to say about this place!
Exemplary cooking, well priced, good quality wine selection - thoroughly enjoyable experience. Service was impeccable with very knowledgeable staff who demonstrated a real passion and understanding of the food combination and dishes. This place is a really find and we will be back in a heartbeat - well worth the drive out! Huge thanks to Rob and Donna - you have created a real gem of a gastro-pub/restaurant. Highly recommend!
A lovely evening spent in a cosy atmosphere.
Excellent as usual
Favourite place in Kent by miles! Love it every time
An amazing meal in a lovely country pub. Try the set lunch menu if your budget is tighter. Don't miss out on dessert as they were great and my highlight of the meal. Definitely worth a visit!
Great meal with lovely service, would have preferred the front bar but still a fine Sunday lunch