This award-winning 17th-century free house is something of a local secret. The pub has a loyal clientele of regulars from the local area and from further afield, and is also popular with walkers and cyclists enjoying the beautiful surrounding countryside. The building has been sympathetically refurbished throughout, keeping its original beams, inglenook fireplaces and antique furnishings intact. The oak tables and eclectic mix of chairs create a cosy, welcoming feel downstairs in the bar and restaurant, while upstairs there is a stylish private dining room, which can seat 14 people.
The food served at The Square and Compasses is homemade by head chef Craig Loveridge and his team using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, including asparagus, lamb, beef and fish, as well as game from the surrounding estates during winter. The menu features hearty classics cooked to perfection, including proper pastry pies with spring onion mashed potato and fresh vegetables. Just one of the delicious dishes you may find on the regularly changing specials menu is fresh wing of skate with lemon, parsley and caper butter sauce. The selection of fantastic desserts includes warm sticky toffee pudding with an indulgent black treacle sauce and vanilla ice cream. A roast is also served every Sunday.
With a growing reputation for providing quality, gravity-fed, cask-conditioned real ales, a great choice of wines and excellent food, The Square and Compasses is a must for discerning diners everywhere.