Review on The Compasses Inn

Tucked away down a narrow winding lane in the village of Crunsdale in an area of outstanding beauty between Canterbury and Ashford, The Compasses Inn is a gem of a rural pub. Inside it has all the hallmarks of a traditional country inn with low wooden beams garlanded in hops, cosy inglenook fireplaces and bare wooden furniture set on varnished floorboards.

Under the direction of owners Robert and Donna Taylor, the critically-acclaimed pub has won a clutch of prestigious accolades including two AA Rosettes and the Estrella Damm Gastro Pub Chef of the Year 2017. Paul taps into the bountiful supplies from the surrounding countryside and procures locally reared meat from nearby farms. Here is a kitchen that tempts with starters like pastrami cured trout with dill cucumber and Dijon mustard or from the land venison brioche bun with wild garlic pesto. When it comes to main courses take your pick from roast duck breast with potato terrine, spiced red cabbage, crispy black pudding and quince jelly or maybe pan fried cod with ox tail, parsnip puree, Cavelo Nero, preserved lemon and parsley oil. Sweet temptations might include vanilla crème brulee paired with hot cinnamon ribbon cakes or apple crumble with whipped cream cheese.

Accompanying the menu is a well conceived wine list, cask ales from Shepherd Neame, as well as guest ales.

The Compasses Inn is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA Guide

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Wed-Sat (12.00 - 4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Wed-Sat

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