The Compasses Inn

“Great food in a relaxed atmosphere” - AA Inspector



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Set in the beautiful countryside of the Wye Downs AONB, this traditional inn dates from the 14th century. Owners Donna and Robert Taylor (she’s front of house, he’s in the kitchen) describe it as ‘a muddy wellies and fine food’ kind of place, with a modern British menu, recently awarded two AA Rosettes. Have a pint of Whitstable Bay Pale Ale in the bar and then peruse the menu, where you might find roast stone bass with Jerusalem artichoke purée, braised oxtail and red wine sauce; or pork belly with parsnip purée, Morteau sausage and fermented red cabbage.

The Compasses Inn
Sole Street, CRUNDALE, KENT, CT4 7ES
Phone : 01227 700300


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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