Hidden above the downs between Canterbury and Ashford, down narrow winding roads through an area of outstanding beauty, tucked away in the village of Crundale, you’ll find the award-winning Compasses Inn.
Husband and wife team Robert and Donna Taylor have been at the Compasses now for four years, and clearly have a true passion for what they do and this reflects in the appearance of the pub itself and the care and attention to every detail inside.
The couple has a wealth of knowledge between them having worked in some of the best restaurants and hotels in London and Australia.
Robert says he feels lucky to own such a gorgeous pub in a beautiful part of the county: “We are surrounded by game estates, rivers for fishing, farmlands with local producers and not to forget the stunning Kent coastline,” he enthuses. With meat coming from as little as a quarter of a mile down the road, and vegetables, herbs and fruit used from their very own garden, they really have grasped the concept of fresh local produce which is very often used too freely these days.
Unlike many, it’s still a pub with roaring log fires, hop garlands and expertly well-kept real ales from local brewer Shepherd Neame. However it’s the food offering at the Compasses Inn that is getting this pub noticed. With a cosy relaxed vibe and a menu that is all about seasonality and creativity, all delivered in an unfussy manner.
Whilst visiting the Compasses, take the opportunity to explore the local area which has some of the top-ranked walks in the country. Park your car, set off on foot or cycle, and return for a well-earned drink and something to eat. Booking is always advisable.
With a regularly changing à la carte menu and daily changing set price lunch menu (two courses £14.95 or three courses £17.95), the Compasses Inn is perfect for casual weekday dinning and special weekends alike.
Winner of THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE’S local restaurant of the year 2017
MICHELLIN recommended 2017
HARDENS recommended 2017
THE GREAT BRITISH PUB AWARDS top 3 gastro pubs in the UK 2017
The Compasses Inn
T: 01227 700300