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The Compasses Inn (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Leigh on Sea - SS9Excellent1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - chairman of the BoardExcellent1
Unity - Root & BranchExcellent2
Shepherd Neame - Samuel Adams Blonde AmbitionGood1
Bootleg - Urban FoxGood1
Kernel (The Kernel) - Brown AleGood1
Time and Tide - ESBGood1
Farmyard Ales - Brew ChaffAcceptable1
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic AleNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale Not Tried0
Kernel (The Kernel) - Dry StoutNot Tried0
Farmyard Ales - SheafNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Compasses Inn, Sole Street, Crundale, Kent
Picture 2. The Compasses Inn, Sole Street, Crundale, Kent
Picture 3. The Compasses Inn, Sole Street, Crundale, Kent

Visits Details

21 May 2022 (Wittenden)
Knowing we'd be in the area, and our interest piqued by Jack William's comments, we thought we'd reacquaint ourselves with this remote pub. Unfortunately they were unable to cater for walk ins for lunch, so we enjoyed our beer and moved on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kernel (The Kernel) - Brown Ale5.30GoodNot sure how to rate this, as am unfamiliar with the style.Some tartness;caramelised nuttiness.Enjoyable, so perhaps I'm a bit harsh.
Kernel (The Kernel) - Dry Stout4.30Not Tried
Farmyard Ales - Sheaf4.10Not Tried
01 May 2022 (Jack William)
Early evening, back for some more with the family. The pub is actually closed for the beer festival - except one room in the dry and ad the loos. Cold and drizzly so we only stayed about an hour. Spoke to new owner who has been here since November 2021 - everyone seems pleasant but I get the feeling that this is there first pub venture. I hope it goes well - lovely location and building.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Leigh on Sea - SS99.00ExcellentJust had to go for a half of the top ABV - based as "Impy Stout" quite superb.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - chairman of the Board8.50ExcellentOnly had this in a bottle before - Eddie knows his stuff all right, delicious.
Unity - Root & Branch6.00GoodA good pint to finish on.
Farmyard Ales - Brew Chaff4.70Acceptablemarked up as "Chaff Session IPA" @ 4.7% Very milky (unfenced) and a rather lemonady taste to me - ok, but not my style.
30 Apr 2022 (Jack William)
Early afternoon- there is a beer festival all weekend: “Cask 22”. Marquee in the garden with a very varied selection of about 25 cask ales. All beers at £5 a pint with a token system. Some strong beers in the selection (not all listed). This pub is now a Freehouse again after many years as a Shep’s house. This event looks like a good start. (New beers to be added - will have to do this on my desktop - scrolling through brewers is painful on iPad and iPhone)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Unity - Root & Branch6.00ExcellentA splendid beer, dark golden "Negroni IPA"
Time and Tide - ESB5.80Good
07 Mar 2015 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon - good cycle out from Canterbury - disappointingly only Master Brew on - with two pump clips showing "coming soon".
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Good
31 May 2014 (Jack William)
Early afternoon - eaters had all departed - swift half on my way past (by cycle). Nice to see a guest ale on, I thought this was a solid Sheps pub now.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bootleg - Urban Fox4.20Good
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
29 May 2014 (Andrew)
It was very quiet in the car park when we arrived but a couple of bikes pushed up against the wall suggested it was open. The landlord was very pleasant and we sat inside for some lunch. It's been years since I've been here. In essence it doesn't change much.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition4.50GoodNice refreshing pale gold beer. Grapefruit and green leafy hop bite
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
14 Aug 2008 (Andrew)
Adrian and I drove over from Canterbury through patchy rain and behind an array of slow moving country vehicles. Ah the Compasses! I remember summer afternoons sitting outside the pub drinking pints of Fremlins and flirting (in our heads at least) with female horse riders. But that was years ago so I was interested to see how the pub had changed since then. Well, obviously gone was the Fremlins but other than the beer line-up not much else was different. The front bar is still lovely and cosy with its low ceiling and huge fire place and the garden looked much as it did all those years ago.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentI don't say this often about a Shep's regular beer but this was damn fine. The condition was excellent and the flavours rounded and fresh. The malt had a nice edge of hazelnut and the hops were earthy and pleasantly resinous. Top stuff.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic Ale4.50Not Tried

About The Compasses Inn

The pub sign. The Compasses Inn, Sole Street, Crundale, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent4
Good6
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Sole Street, Crundale, Kent, CT4 7ES.

The pub is found on the edge of the hamlet in Sole Street and is a favourite for walkers, drinkers and diners. Now run free-of-tie.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 14 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT4 7ES