Gastro Pub Chef of the Year award

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
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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, June 2015

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 second 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

Dog Friendly

Well behaved dogs are very welcome in the bar. However, we are not normally able to accommodate dogs in the restaurant area. If you wish to bring your dog whilst dining, please discuss when booking to ensure we can accommodate you in the bar area. All dogs must be under control and on the lead.