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The Compasses is quietly going about its business of being genuinely excellent – it reminds me of the early days of the Sportsman in Seasalter. In my book, there’s no higher praise.
Marina O’Loughlin, The Guardian


Michelin Bib Gourmand Award

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We were delighted to have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand! last year (2018/19) and equally happy to have retained it for 2019/2020!

2 AA Rossettes Award

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Having been awarded 2 Rossettes by the AA in 2017 / 18, we are proud to have retained this award for 2018 / 19 and again this year for 2019 / 20

Top 50 Gastro Pub Award 2020

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January 2020:

Once again we have been placed in the Estrella Damm Top 50 gastro Pub awards.

Delighted to say we came 6th in the UK!

Guest night with Will Devlin

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November 2019: Our last guest chef evening for the year saw Will Devlin of the Small Holding collab on a tasting menu all with matching wines. Each chef bringing their unique style to the table.

Will’s garnish of Ants was a new one for most that evening! But definitely a highlight!

Guest Night with Russell Norman

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August 2019: “A taste of Venice” with restauranteur, cookbook author and all things Venetian fanatic Russell Norman joined us in the summer for a Guest chef evening with a twist!

Under his watchful eye, Rob prepared a 6 course tasting menu from Russell book ‘Polpo & Venice’. Matching Italian wines were a hit.

Guest Night with Steve Groves

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April 2019:
We were thrilled to welcome Masterchef the Professionals winner and Head Chef of Roux at Parliament Square, Steve Groves.

Steve was in collab with Robert on a fabulous six course tasting menu with matching wines.

Guest Night with Tom Kerridge

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Our recent guest night with Tom Kerridge was (not surprisingly) a complete sell out. More importantly, a fantastic evening was had by all!

We are planning to host more such evenings and will release details via our usual social media channels - Instagram and Facebook - as well as here on the website.

Food Pub of the Year award

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The Compasses Inn was celebrating after being named the Best Food Pub in the Country in the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards.

The awards, celebrating the UK’s best pubs, took place at the Park Lane Hilton, London and saw The Compasses beat off strong competition from rival operators.

Gastro Pub Chef of the Year award

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30th January 2017 was a great night for the Compasses Inn, Crundale. Not only were we included in the UK’s Top 50 Gastro Pubs but, in the Special Categories, Rob was awarded Gastro Pub Chef of the Year.
View the Top 50 Gastro Pubs Article.

Stop Press:
We are once again in the top 50 for 2019.

About Us

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 relaxed lunch, a special evening meal, or a pint of fine Kentish ale.

Husband and wife team Rob & Donna Taylor are in their seventh 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.

In this, their seventh year, the Compasses has retained its Michelin Bib Gourmand for two years, and its two AA Rosettes for three years. They have been in the Top 50 Gastro Pub Awards for 4 years, being voted 6th in the country in 2019/20

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.

The walking is superb, the pub is relaxed and friendly, and the food, described as “creative and flawless”, is worth a major detour
Alastair Sawdays, January 2016

Dog Policy

Regrettably we are no longer able to accommodate dogs indoors although well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome in the garden.