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The Square and Compass

Worth Matravers, Swanage BH19 3LF, England
+44 1929 439229
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A proper pub, untouched by modernity and the need to appeal to yuppiedom. The menu was steak pasty... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
sussexspeckledy
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Chichester, England
A gorgeous, basic, traditional pub

We went on a glorious November Sunday lunchtime and sat outside amongst the pumpkin and apple... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
AliReviews
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
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“the pub” (70 reviews)
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Worth Matravers, Swanage BH19 3LF, England
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+44 1929 439229
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

A proper pub, untouched by modernity and the need to appeal to yuppiedom. The menu was steak pasty or cheese and vegetable pie - we had one of each and delicious they were too. Real ale and home brewed cider. A perfect view and an...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We went on a glorious November Sunday lunchtime and sat outside amongst the pumpkin and apple displays. Beautiful view of the sea from our outside seat, lots of customers, a dog on the roof, lovely beers.... I had such a perfect drink. I also visited...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

This pub was quite a revelation. The bar, just inside the door is little more than than a counter. The beer comes straight out of the barrel and there is a great selection of real ales (apparently the pub has been in the CAMRA guide...More

Thank Stewart L
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Walked passed the place many many times over the years . . . . not what i expected !! The Pub is always heaving day in day out so i thought i would make a special trip to see why the big crowds. Very very...More

Thank aims1968
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Was it because it was a Monday afternoon? It was the worst pasty I've ever had! The pastry was rubbery and had obviously been microwaved to reheat. Very little steak inside. We tried but just couldn't eat it. I had read reviews, both good and...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Super walker's rest with honest home-cooked pasties & great beer. Live music and heaps of unspoilt, smuggler's-inn character. After a blowy dog-walk via Dancing Ledge the Square & Compass is a welcome sight after the stiff pull up Seacombe Bottom (a valley named to keep...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

It truely is a great pub, one of the best ever. The menu is pasty hot or pasty cold... and thats it.. Cash only. A great place to stop on a bike ride, or use as a launch pad for rock climbing, walking and wild...More

Thank Charlie H
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Have been in this pub many times whilst walking the pubecks , lovely totally unspoilt pub , flagstone floors , servive via a hatch etc ,only food they sell = pies / crisps , no skinny larte/ farty here, very nice local real ales,@ ,...More

Thank Martin H
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

What a lovely quirky little pub..Went for a lunchtime drink with friends. It was our first visit and we were super impressed. It is so unique. The little museum was great and very interesting. Cider choices wonderful and the steak pasty the best ever. Staff...More

Thank 492Hilary492
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This pub produces it's own beers - fabulous. The bar is through a hatch way and all the beer is in barrels - they have wonderful names like Moonlight - but they do run out of some and you have to have a different one...More

Thank Hilary O
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