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“Decent locals pub, but food could be better”
Review of Axe & Compass

Axe & Compass
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
619 reviews
477 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
“Decent locals pub, but food could be better”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

A good sized pub on the main road through the village, it consists of a good sized car park with a small accommodation block off of it, a beer garden with good views of the adjacent countryside and a patio area at the rear.

The rear bar is what might be described as the public bar and seemed a popular spot with locals on a recent Tuesday evening visit. The flooring was a mixture of strip wood and some grey, slate like tiles whilst the walls had wood panelling on the lower part and some lime green, floral wallpaper up above. There was a plasma on one wall as well as a pool table, darts board and a small trophy shelf. The lounge bar at the front of the pub had similar décor but with a straw colour carpet on the floor, some black beams on the ceiling and pale lemon paintwork on the walls. There were a few small pictures dotted around such as artistic drawings of food and drink and a few old black and white photos of the locale.

The menu offered a decent looking selection of pub grub dishes, with option such a Ham Egg & Chips, Fish & Chips, Steak and a Stilton Chicken Breast as well as a few burgers, baguettes and homemade pies. Most of the main courses were in the £8 - £9 range. My Chicken Tikka Masala initially looked promising with a generous portion of chicken and sauce on a bed of rice with an accompanying mini naan bread. However, the sauce wasn’t particularly tasty and the chicken had that curious rubbery quality that you sometimes find in cheap Chinese takeaways. The menu listed it at £8.25, but apparently they have a “50% off” deal Mondays to Fridays so it only cost me £4.47 (although eagle eyed readers will note that this is actually only about 46% off) so at these prices it would be churlish to complain. Offering half price food virtually all the time though does of course mean that in reality that’s all it’s worth and one might feel slightly aggrieved at paying the “normal” price on a weekend.

There were a good selection of beers on tap, although it would appear that they were running a beer festival on the occasion of my visit, so it may not always be this extensive. There were three hand pumps on the bar suggesting that this may be the usual number and a further three barrels sat on the end of the bar. A blackboard listed the options as Potton’s Phoenix and Lion IPA, Tring’s Phantom Monk, Vale’s Red Kite, Kite’s Scary Kite and Caledonian’s Autumn Red. The only cider on tap was Strongbow, although these were joined by boxes of Weston’s Country Perry and Family Reserve. Hopefully the latter are permanent fixtures and not part of the beer festival.

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“mouldy glasses”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

went for a get together here, tried the buffet, which wasnt great. the spring rolls smelt and tasted off! yuk!! and some of the food was burnt, most of it tasteless. a little while later, I was sipping my water, when someone pointed out it had mould on the glass.... on closr inspection, there was lots of mould on the INSIDE of my glass. later still, someone else we were with, noticed lots of green mould on the inside of her glass too. in actual fact, none of the glasses were very clean. we complained and got a free drink, but really???? they need to sort it out, it was horrible. upside was the outside area, it was really nice, with a lovely kids play area.

  • Visited August 2013
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Milton keynes
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Cold food”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Four of us ate there last night and were really disappointed. The pies were only just warm and some of the Axe potatoes were hard. The peas were stone cold. The other dish, chicken with stilton, looked quite nice but not a very big portion. There were only four others dining there so being busy was not an excuse. Will not be going again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank MillieMK
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bedfordshire
Level 5 Contributor
21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Truly awful”
Reviewed 2 June 2013 via mobile

8 of us pre booked for Sunday lunch, the service was really slow, didn't seem overly busy with other customers, all of our courses arrived at different times so only 2 of us actually ate at the same time, the condiments arrived as we were finishing our food. The actual food was really bad, overcooked dry beef served with 2 tiny Yorkshires, 3 halves of roast potatoes, & cold peas & over cooked carrots. Pudding was even worse, I can't even describe how bad it was. I can honestly say this is the worse meal and service I have ever experienced........

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank boots1Bedfordshire
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bedfordshire
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Poor Menu”
Reviewed 23 May 2013

Not a very exciting menu, food when it arrives appears to be very processed, not home cooked would not go again unless menu is changed and chef knows how to cook a really enjoyable meal. Sorry

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