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
90% there! Visited this venue after reading the reviews elsewhere. It’s not somewhere you are ever going to “come upon” tiny narrow single track roads lead many a mile until you discover this gem. The building is lovely and characterful. Starter was a braised ox cheek of exceptional flavour and cooking! After 1182 reviews including (so far 58 Michelin stars) that starter was almost beyond words! My partner had a main of beautifully cooked and presented beef with delicious vegetables. My main was lamb and red cabbage. My only real issue with the meal was this course, the lamb was devoid of pinkness and was a reasonable texture but not as soft as it would have been with a lighter touch on the cookery. My other issue was mint sauce (perfect) with added raw CHEESE! The big question was WHY? Never had mint sauce with added raw cheese, and frankly I hope NEVER AGAIN! Dessert was a delicious caramelised banana with peanut ice cream and brittle, absolutely lovely and a nice end to the meal but......why cheese? Toilets clean and old fashioned needed enthusiastic flushing apparently! 90 minute drive was mostly worth it but.....cheese!!!!! I love innovation but.......
As ever, fantastic food and drink served by very helpful and friendly staff. .A shame we could not have the table requested, just need to book sooner next time! Prices seem to be creeping up but that might just be the time of year. We will certainly be back.
Wow although a little far out we had an amazing night the food was spectacular and such good value for money honestly we all really enjoyed amazing and yes we shall be back, the waitress also brilliant my dad likes a bit of banter with a waitress and he got exactly that could not fault a thing we will be back thank you
The food was divine - we all had the lamb and sticky toffee pudding and adored it. The atmosphere was everything we could hope for - welcoming, stylish and gorgeously Kentish. Will be back!
Excellent food in lovely surroundings
Very nice pub and great food! And drink!
My third visit in quite a short period. A beautiful pub, excellent service and stunning food. It's lovely to have such a pub on your doorstep.
Very delicious food as always, £22 for three courses of such lovely food is a great price. Lovely, friendly service with all my questions answered. Also, best mash ever, and the curry sauce on the sea bream was incredible.
Impressive high standards of cooking off the beaten track
Delicious food and great service, would 100% recommend
Absolutely stunning as always. I studied at ABDO college and it was my graduation on Wednesday. I was so thrilled to bring my family to the Compasses after eating there several times whilst away on block release. They enjoyed it just as much as I did. It's such a shame that was probably the last time I'll get to eat there, although maybe it is worth a 5 hour drive? Hahaha! Thank you! Yumyum..
Absolutely lovely, The food was fantastic, service excellent and attentive, atmosphere perfect. Really enjoyable.
Really super service and the food is ridiculously good. Inventive and satisfying without being over fussy- unlike some local rivals. We love it here so much. Just hope it doesn't win too many awards and lose what makes it so great. The best food we believe you can find in Kent.
Consistently fabulous food in a great setting with friendly & knowledgeable staff. Well worth the trip to find Compasses.
Really rather special, an absolute gem hidden away in the countryside. The food was first class, a lovely atmosphere and very good service. I can't recommend it more highly.
The set menu options are fabulous and great value. The wine list is also excellent and well priced. A lovely lunch in a well managed gastropub. Well done!
We decided to visit having not been for about 2-3 years and hearing good reports. We were not disappointed. All the dishes were freshly prepared, very well presented and tasted delicious. Very good plates of food (as they say on MasterChef). Roll on a Michelin Star for The Compasses. I think it deserves it.
Lovely meal - as always!
We come here often, but that’s simply because the food is outstanding and the service always welcoming and relaxed. A really well thought through choice of wines and drinks, as well as the food easily rivalling anything else in the area We will back .... many times!
The originality of the Menu is superb and the portion size not excessive
Delicious food, friendly and responsive staff, we had a lovely lunch -- thank you!
See below a copy of our recent TripAdvisor review:- AN INCREDIBLE DINING EXPERIENCE! Over 60 or so years we have eaten in many top restaurants across Europe and North America but have found that this restaurant just 5 miles or so from our home equals and betters any other. We lunched at The Compasses today and were served a remarkable meal, attractively presented, with a myriad of different intensely tasting flavours, beautifully cooked, in very atmospheric surroundings, and served by welcoming, and highly pleasant ladies. And the cost was a lot less than we would have paid for a nearly comparable meal at a top class establishment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED but please do not swamp the place making it difficult for us to get future reservations! https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g4048611-d2262393-r632209437-The_Compasses_Inn-Crundale_Kent_England.html#
Always a pleasure - great food, warm friendly staff nice atmosphere.
We all had a fabulous evening. Great food and great service - perfect.