Best Western The Compass Inn
This family-run 18th-century coaching inn is set within six acres of beautiful grounds and gardens. The historic building is covered in sprawling vine, and visitors to this inn soon discover that its not just a pretty picture, it’s an example of first-rate hospitality. True to its traditional inn status, The Compass boasts 26 en-suite bedrooms and the promise of a good night’s sleep whether you need a place to stop over for a business trip or would like to explore the surrounding area.
Settle down for a meal in The Orangery Restaurant, fronted by a head chef who is a pioneer of local produce and seasonal game. Their menu features British favourites with a few international dishes in the mix. Perhaps begin your culinary journey with a goat’s cheese and tomato tarte Tatin, or share the charcuterie platter, before sampling a stand-out main like duo of Texel lamb: pan-roasted rump and crispy slow-cooked shoulder, served with fondant potato, spinach, braised leeks, carrot purée and pancetta and onion jus. Otherwise, opt for a classic such as home-cooked honey-glazed ham, with chunky chips, free-range fried eggs and salad. Salads, baguettes, sandwiches and jacket potatoes are good options if you’re visiting at lunchtime.
It’s not just food at the forefront here. Weddings are the jewels in The Compass Inn’s crown. The dedicated team is proud of the seamless ceremonies achieved throughout the year. Located just a hop, skip and jump from the M4, this is a popular destination amongst Bristolians and Bathonians alike.