Update: Thursday, July 29, 2021
As of Monday 19th July it is no longer a requirement for our guests to track and trace or wear masks whilst moving around the building.
Although we won’t be asking you to do either, we will still have our track and trace QR code if required, and of course you're welcome to wear a mask during your visit.
Your comfort is important to us.
We’ve taken the decision to leave all other restrictions in place until further notice.
The safety of our staff and customers is still our priority, so we continue to ask, if you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID symptoms, that you please reschedule your booking.
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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!
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
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.
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.
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.