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The Compasses

45 Little Mount Sion, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1YP, England
+44 1892 530744
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good17%
  • Average8%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible22%
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Bar, British, Pub
$$ - $$$
45 Little Mount Sion, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1YP, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of 8, we’d booked in advance and a nice table was awaiting us. Great staff, courteous and helpful, faultess in fact. The food was remarkably good, simple dishes, fish and chips, steak and chips etc etc, served hot and well presented....More

Thank jm36522
Tom H, Manager at The Compasses, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Came here for Christmas Eve, it had a great selection of drink, some great deals and a wonderful family atmosphere. They served some lovely food too, I would highlight that it gets very busy so worth booking to avoid disappointment.

Thank Simon F
Reviewed 19 December 2017

The roasts are just awful but only surpassed by the rude staff. Avoid it if you can. There are much nicer pubs with a better selection of beers and good quality reasonably priced food in Tunbridge Wells

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

A recommendation from a friend for Sunday roasts. They’d run out by 14.30. Staff were friendly but spread very thin and therefore not very attentive. Great venue and the food was decent. With more staff this could be great it was a little Falty towers.More

Thank Ralph1112
Tom H, Manager at The Compasses, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you for your kind review. Firstly our apologies for running out of Roast Lunches by 2:30. We had no bookings that day and were snowed under by 1:00, with bookings at the last minute. We were short staffed because our Head Office system tells...More

Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

A lovely find. We had a day in Tunbridge Well and looked for a local pub to get some food. We stumbled across The Compass, not far from the High Street in a small lane where this beautiful public house backs on to a park....More

Thank Paul D
Tom H, Manager at The Compasses, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thanks for the kind review Paul. Nice to spend time chatting with you and the family, glad you enjoyed the town and our hospitality. Hope to see you again soon. David.

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner this evening with our three children. We had booked a table beforehand but when we got there our table was right near the bar which was extremely busy and lively. However we asked if there was a quieter...More

Thank Kirstie A
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

I live in Tunbridge Wells and decided to go out for Sunday lunch. When we got to the compasses we ordered our drinks and looked through the menu. I went to order and was told roast dinners were pulled during the summer, though it clearly...More

Thank drose0001
Reviewed 24 July 2017

My fiance and I were recommended this place by friends and the experience could not have been better. The drinks were served to us quickly despite the pub being busy. We then sat down for lunch and the service was efficient and the food was...More

Thank voldermortsnose12
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Wow what a fantastic night we had. 18 of us from work had our summer drinks and dinner here. Plenty of room but still a cosy atmosphere. Most of us ate and the food was great! The summer menu sounds crazy but was delicious! Staff...More

Thank NYES
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Was recommended this pub from friends while we were in area. Unfortunately we were gravely disappointed by the slow and rude service that greeted us. Due to the choice of pubs and restaurants in Tunbridge Wells this is truly one to avoid. Such a shame...More

1  Thank archie77123
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Little Mount Sion, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1YP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 530744
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Hidden away on Little Mount Sion, The Compasses offers a warm and friendly welcome, great food and outstanding service. Recently refurbished, maintaining all of its original charm, The Compasses is one of the oldest pubs in Tunbridge Wells and an ideal place to meet friends, eat, drink and relax.
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