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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

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, on 7 September 2017 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.
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Top 50 Gastro Pubs Article

Pub in the Park

From Friday 6th - Sunday 8th July, 2018 (ended)

Had a fabulous time - report coming soon!

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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 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 fifth 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

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

Well Behaved Dogs

We may be able to accommodate well behaved dogs in the bar area when not too busy and/or diners are agreeable. However, this is not a given so please check with us first.