The Compasses Inn
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The Compasses Inn

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4.5
#1 of 2 inns in Tisbury
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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The Compasses Inn is a gorgeous 14th century pub with rooms near Tisbury in Wiltshire. We have a daily changing menu in the pub and we take our food and drink offering very seriously. The customer's experience is at the heart of everything we do. We very much look forward to welcoming you here soon x
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Wifi
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Room features
Seating area
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
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Jon S wrote a review Sept 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having just read the below review I can only think that the guests are in need of a set of compasses as they must be confused by where they stayed.
This was our first visit to this truly peaceful and beautiful Inn and we were blown away by the style and quality of everything we encountered.
The room was beautiful, spotless, had everything we wanted and more. We were given the most delicious freshly baked biscuits daily and the fixtures and fittings in the bedroom and bathrooms were exceptional. To be honest I took lots of notes re the light fittings and bathroom accessories.
As for the three breakfasts and two suppers I had at The Compasses they were seriously splendid. I work in hospitality and can assure you that nothing was overcooked and everything was delicious. We were treated to excellent service from the whole team and the prices were incredibly good value.
If I ever need to go back to that area there is absolutely nowhere else I'd rather stay and love the idea of staying in their cottage one day.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We stayed in room number 1 and it was really lovely and stylish!
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Abi wrote a review Aug 2020
Salisbury, United Kingdom252 contributions127 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We dined here in the outdoor marquee that the pub have put up to provide social distancing and additional capacity. It was our first meal out since March when we dined in July.

The staff were all very friendly & respectful of social distancing. We were given disposable menus which we wrote our track & trace details on the back of. Having since been to another restaurant which hasn't done this I can say I felt alot safer at The Compasses.

We are fairly local (in the chalke valley) so know this pub for it's great food. This vist was no exception. I
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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hamish S wrote a review Sept 2021
Ludlow, United Kingdom28 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Compasses really is unique. Not in terms of its accommodation. That is comfortable, contemporary, well conceived etc with lots of little extras such as home-made brownies and fresh milk but you can get all that in lots of places at scarcely more than twice the price. But it's the bar that makes it special. I remember this pub from 30 years ago and it's now feels even more like it was than actually it was back then (and no I'm not even Irish).. Defiant in its quirkiness it cocks a snook at silly theme bars and corporate identities. This is how a pub should be and God forbid that anyone should come near it with a paintbrush or a tin of varnish.
The food incidentally is very decent and tables are rammed every evening which makes one recent terrible review very hard to understand. If the chef,, as claimed,, went home at 7pm a room-full of angry disappointed diners would probably have torched the place which would have been a dreadful shame. Maybe the reviewer was a touch confused as to their location..
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MontagueSomerset wrote a review Jan 2020
Dorset, United Kingdom367 contributions119 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Busy Wednesday lunchtime service and we were so pleased that we had booked a table or we may have been disappointed.
Dating from the 14th Century the building exudes a very special atmosphere.
Delighted to see a daily changing menu, a huge plus as we get increasingly fed up with returning to a venue and being presented with the same menu as on our previous visits.
The local beer Keystone Ruby, one of several on offer, was on tap and the Fitou was the recommended red, both of which we enjoyed.
We chose the steak and the brill and the Eccles cake and ice cream and the apricot, date and pecan pudding; just a point of notice, apricots are my favourite fruit and sadly I could not taste them in the pudding.
The staff were attentive and although very busy did not keep us waiting long.
We shall most certainly return.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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cathieturner wrote a review Aug 2020
Buxton, United Kingdom43 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Room was comfortable but cleaning could be improved, e.g. emptying the bin and changing wet towels for fresh. Bathroom floor not mopped, in helping my daugter dry the floor, I had left footprints on the floor, which were still there the following evening. Rather then have large bottles of toiletries in the room, in view of covid, perhaps they should have put individual ones out. Inn had an olde worlde feel, but the breakfast was overcooked 3 out of the 4 mornings. Evening menu had a large selection of dishes, most of which were perhaps more suitable for a fine dining experience than a pub. The amount of oil on dishes was variable, either just right or far too much.
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Choose one with private bathroom
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John C wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom32 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a great little place

Not many tables, tucked into a little street but worth making the effort to get to.

We made an 8.30 booking and arrived on time and the place was buzzing. The manager gave us a seat at the bar and told us they were running late on the tables. We had seen the plates of food and had settled for the night so we told him it was not a problem but he still insisted on giving us a a free drink each to apologise. We finally sat down at 9 but popular places need patient customers!

The seating is quirky and quaint and the setting is an old pub as you can imagine. Staff were great but the two young waiters deserve credit. They were engaging and hard working through the small pub.

The menu is small (6-8 dishes per course) which always fill me with confidence. Whilst the simple named but delightfully tasty ‘shrimps on toast’ were lovely the highlight was in the main. An Oxtail Bhuna dish bought Indian spices to a beautifully set out English dish. It’s spice was subtle but exquisite, the meat in no way played second fiddle and the sides were beautifully cooked. It was one of the single best dishes I have EVER tasted.

Desert was also beautiful but I left with memories of the delightful main.

Great kudos to the hard working front office staff and the superb chef. Worth travelling hours to visit. Just be patient as it’s a busy little place. Book ahead!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stephen Fox wrote a review Mar 2021
Salisbury, United Kingdom8 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have visited this amazing country pub and eatery on a number of occasions, so we are familiar with their offerings. The location is stunning, in a beautiful Wiltshire setting, rolling hills, open fields with some fairly easy level walks. The food is fresh, local, seasonal and cooked with some flair by their chefs, the service is second to none with friendly staff. For my birthday in September my wife booked us into Plum cottage which is their cottage rental, next to the pub. What a gorgeous little renovation, comfortable, all the mod cons you need, and you hop out of the front door and you're in the beer garden, what's not to like?
We spent the weekend, eating in the pub, sitting in the beer garden playing pass the pigs and going for nice leisurely walks. I can't recommend the pub, food, accommodation and staff highly enough.
We have booked for a 2 night stay later in the year when lock down is over and can't wait to take advantage of this beautiful place again.
They also stayed operational during lockdown, providing take away options, just showing that if you are passionate about your business and what you do, you can find a way to operate, all credit to the manager, staff and owners.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Book early to get Plum Cottage
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KWDEW wrote a review Apr 2021
Darlington, United Kingdom237 contributions191 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dined here during the first week after lockdown restrictions were eased in April.
We sat under an awning on elevated decking. Lights and candles made the dining experience atmospheric. Blankets were provided. The food whist good, probably needs a couple of tweaks. The deserts were a little dry,
Service was very good, both friendly and professional.
I look forward to dining here again.
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Date of stay: April 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Connector607966 wrote a review Aug 2020
Clevedon, United Kingdom4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been shielding our vulnerable daughter over lock down and decided to venture out into the country.
The location of The Compasses in the beautiful area of South Wiltshire was ideal for outings and shopping in nearby Salisbury.
Country House Hotel meets Historic Inn charm together with modern gastro-pub experience.
One of the best week's stay away from home we have ever had. Such friendly, helpful staff, particularly delicious breakfast and comfortable accommodation. Thank you.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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thekingsonline wrote a review Aug 2021
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom58 contributions42 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sadly, this was a very disappointing experience. The decor was very tired and it didn’t even feel particularly clean. Having taken our order very quickly the food arrived in a timely fashion. However..what a disappointment! I ordered the BBQ pork dish which I expected to fall off the bone and be sweet as BBQ sauce should be…however it was really chewy and had a bitter taste, almost acrid and tomatoey, not sweet at all. I ate the rest of the meal and it was satisfactory but that is as far as I could say..for a whopping £18.50 I thought it was ridiculously expensive for such poor quality. (I was blown away by the £20 price tag for fish and chips too! So expensive!) My meat was almost entirely left. When clearing the plates it should have been obvious there was a problem with it but nothing was said. My husbands burger was ok but my granddaughters Bolognese was bland and nearly all pasta with very little meat. We were not checked on to see if we wanted more drinks, which we did, and we were sat waiting with empty glasses. We twice had to catch the attention of the staff to get another drink. They seemed more interested in sorting out the following days staff rota than actually serving customers as the pub was half empty at the time.
All I can say is we must have had a bad experience as the reviews I read beforehand when booking the table were all quite positive and the car park was full by the time we left with a lot of people in the garden. considering we would never go back yet they obviously have many returning customers. We don’t live locally but we won’t come back again during our holiday.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Janeandandyandoly asked a question May 2016
Dudley, United Kingdom14 contributions2 helpful votes
Are there hairdryer a in rooms
Answer from philparry1
Norwich, United Kingdom157 contributions62 helpful votes
I'm sorry but I'm not 100% sure. However, I believe you can request irons & hairdryers at the Bar downstairs. They will be happy to accommodate I'm sure. Hope this helps
Mark wrote a tip Jan 2024
Warminster, United Kingdom19 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very narrow lanes to the venue so be ready to beep your horn!!"
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Paul0755 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Leominster, United Kingdom19 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Arrive early to park opposite. Otherwise it’s a 300 metre treck along a narrow lane."
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ZzyptyZzyp wrote a tip Apr 2023
Mumbai, India10 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The food was excellent and good array of options at the bar"
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amv1g13 wrote a tip Nov 2022
Salisbury, United Kingdom43 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book ahead for the weekend as it does get busy!"
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Tour22730357039 wrote a tip Nov 2022
Shah Alam, Malaysia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book in advance! "
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PRICE RANGE
£124 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the compasses hotel tisbury
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandWiltshireTisbury
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Which popular attractions are close to The Compasses Inn?
Nearby attractions include Old Wardour Castle (2.9 miles), Fovant Badges (2.6 miles), and Messums Wiltshire (1.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Compasses Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Compasses Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Compasses Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Compasses Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wyndham Arms, The Compasses Inn, and The Forester.
Are pets allowed at The Compasses Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Compasses Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Wardour Castle (2.9 miles) and Dinton Park & Philipps House (2.5 miles).
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