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The Compass Alehouse (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Moor - Revival (was 3.8%)Excellent1
Wiper and True - Blackberry PorterExcellent1
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent1
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk StoutExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
Tonbridge - RusticExcellent2
Lincoln Green - Marion Pale AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleExcellent1
Bristol Beer Factory - White Milk StoutExcellent1
Northdown - Merry MargateExcellent1
Kent - Green GiantExcellent1
Tonbridge - Easy Street PaleExcellent2
Tiny Rebel - Stay PuftGood1
Kent - Brewers ReserveGood1
Pilot - MochaccinoGood1
Kent - Cain and AbelGood1
Kent - KGB or Kent Golding BitterGood1
Hurst - Hurst 700 Pale-AleGood1
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionGood1
Five Points - Green Hop BullionGood1
No Frills Joe - Joe English Green HopAcceptable1
Cellar Head - Citris ParadisiAcceptable1
Cellar Head - Amber AleNot Tried0
Brew York - TonkokoNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Side-Effects of Growing Up Rowanberry Saison (KeyKeg)Not Tried0
Pig & Porter - Lost ColonyNot Tried0
Ainsty - Ainsty AssassinNot Tried0
Peerless - Triple BlondNot Tried0
Padstow - Padstow PilotNot Tried0
Great Heck - DAVENot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper TopNot Tried0
Buxton - GatekeeperNot Tried0
Cellar Head - Session Pale AleNot Tried0
Kent - Yule LogNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - TalismanNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Pigs in BlanketsNot Tried0
Kent - PorterNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Capel Pale AleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Winter SolaceNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Compass Alehouse, Gravesend, Kent

Visits Details

02 Dec 2023 (Magnus Greel)
Early afternoon and standing room only I met up with the rest of our group for a few before heading off to Upminster on a preserved RM or RT on today's Ensign running day.
Tonbridge - Easy Street Pale3.90ExcellentDelicious peppery dry bitter fare didn't touch the sides..
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00GoodDry hoppy with a citrus punch but just a tad resinous for my liking.
Kent - Porter5.50Not Tried
Tonbridge - Winter Solace4.80Not Tried
03 Dec 2022 (Magnus Greel)
12pm opening arranged just for our group of a dozen or so before our jaunt over the Thames for an afternoon of vintage buses and beer!
Oakham - Citra4.20Excellent
Bristol Beer Factory - White Milk Stout4.50Excellent
Tonbridge - Easy Street Pale3.90Excellent
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Good
24 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Fun, frolics and Christmas fun made for the place being standing room only. Soon involved in a Brexit argument with a local!
Wiper and True - Blackberry Porter4.80ExcellentThis was blackboarded as Cellar aged Blackberry & Calvados Porter, with, allegedly, a Calvados infusion added in-house
Hurst - Hurst 700 Pale-Ale3.90GoodDon't think I've had Hurst ales before. This was a pretty basic bitter
Kent - Yule Log4.50Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Talisman5.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Pigs in Blankets4.30Not Tried
07 Dec 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime and very busy standing room only which isn't difficult here. Despite this the guv done a sterling job ensuring everyone's glasses didn't stay empty for long..
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90ExcellentDoes what it says on the tin without the sugar hit
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00ExcellentIn superb condition and temperature brought out the nutty malty flavours
Northdown - Merry Margate3.80ExcellentDry and spicy refreshing golden ale
Cellar Head - Citris Paradisi4.00AcceptableRather sweet and sickly, luckily just a taster
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00Not Tried
22 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
Kent - Green Giant6.00ExcellentGreat stuff indeed
Pilot - Mochaccino9.50GoodMix up on beer order delivered this to my table. I was not too upset as this was allegedly on KeyKeg. Overriding smell and taste of dark chocolate
No Frills Joe - Joe English Green Hop5.00AcceptableHazy and just an OK beer, no better
Buxton - Gatekeeper4.10Not Tried
Cellar Head - Session Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
07 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Very relaxing, once most had left, to overhear a conversation about rowing clubs on the Thames and the skills and physical requirements needed to participate.
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout4.50Excellent
Lincoln Green - Marion Pale Ale3.80Excellent
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
26 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20GoodBest beer of the day
Tiny Rebel - Stay Puft5.20GoodGood but cloying, a half would have been enough
Kent - Cain and Abel3.30GoodTasty low gravity job
Great Heck - DAVE3.80Not Tried
13 Apr 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. There was a whisky tasting course in the rearmost back room (a recent addition to the accommodation) and its participants came to the main room for nightcaps as 10pm fell.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20Excellent
Peerless - Triple Blond4.20Not Tried
Padstow - Padstow Pilot4.00Not TriedA Cornish porter
07 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Extensive conversation with an ex BT employee about telephone exchange types and technology changes over the years, I could hardly keep up once it became technical.
Moor - Revival (was 3.8%)3.40Excellent
Kent - KGB or Kent Golding Bitter4.10GoodPerhaps a bit more cloying than usual
Pig & Porter - Lost Colony4.80Not Tried
Ainsty - Ainsty Assassin4.90Not Tried
25 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Last knockings visit until 10pm close.
Five Points - Green Hop Bullion3.70Good
Tonbridge - Capel Pale Ale4.50Not TriedGreen hopped
Cellar Head - Amber Ale4.00Not Tried
Brew York - Tonkoko4.30Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Side-Effects of Growing Up Rowanberry Saison (KeyKeg)5.40Not Tried

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About The Compass Alehouse

The pub sign. The Compass Alehouse, Gravesend, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AA.

Micropub which opened at lunchtime on Friday 26th September 2014. Located in Manor Road just a couple of minutes from the railway station and town centre. A shop conversion from an old dairy which had, most recently, been an estate agency. Real ales and ciders sold on gravity dispense from a largish several tier stillage in a temperature controlled cold cellar room. High tables and bench seating (some incorporating wood from church pews) partition the floor space in the front room. There is further drinking space around the kitchen area and a small yard garden and smoking area at the very back. Unisex toilet. All glasses are lined measure. Closed on Mondays. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2022 and 2024.

We have visited this pub 63 times, seen 212 different beers and tried 100 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA12 1AA