The Compasses Inn
“Focus on big, clear flavours, unfussy treatments of high quality seasonal ingredients with an edge of creativity” - AA Inspector
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Run by Rob and Donna Taylor, this inn in a quiet hamlet is brimming with classic country pub rustic charm - all low beams, hopbines and walk-in fireplaces. The Compasses has become a real foodie hotspot, such is the growing reputation for Rob’s accomplished cooking - expect muscular food that satisfies with gutsy flavours wrought from excellent seasonal produce.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 48
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 24
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About The area
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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