The Compasses at Lower Chicksgrove in south Wiltshire may be hard to find but it is well worth the effort, for it is in many ways the perfect country pub. Set in idyllic countryside, it is medieval in origin. It retains many original features, including flagstone floor, open inglenook fireplace and wooden beams, while having fine food, a decent wine list and many good beers. The cooking has been improved recently by Ben, its new manager, who has promised never to have piped music or television. There are bedrooms upstairs and tables outside. Dogs and children welcome but do book.
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