Compasses Inn, Lower Chicksgrove

14th Century quintessentially English thatched inn situated in Wiltshire offering award winning food & B&B accommodation including a self contained cottage.


This award winning inn is situated in Lower Chicksgrove, in Wiltshire. Awards include The Good Pub Guide 2015 where they are listed as "outstanding", County Dining Pub of the Year, and is listed as one of the top 50 pubs in England by the Independent newspaper. An ideal location to explore market towns, stately homes and the city of Salisbury and its cathedral. The New Forest, Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge and the beaches of the south coast are all within one hours drive.

The inn offers four bedrooms, 3 doubles and 1 twin/family room and are accessed separately from the pub. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated and have original features including beams and cottage windows and include either a shower or bath en suite. The separate self contained 'Plum Cottage' is also available which has two bedrooms, lounge, bathroom and kitchen. The inn offers free accommodation for children under 3 years when sharing with parents and offers the use of a baby monitor during their stay.

Please note there is a minimum of a 2 night stay at weekends during the summer holidays (July 20th - 1st September)

History to the present day

Built in the 14th Century as a travellers and traders rest when travelling from Poole to Birmingham, this route can still be seen today. The inn retains many original features such as a thatched roof,  beams, fireplaces, flagstone floors and a original serving hatch to serve visitors who stayed outside with their horses.  

Food and Drinks

Full English breakfast is included and served in the rustic restaurant which has won many awards for food and culinary excellence. Lunches are available from 12.00am-2.00pm and dinner from 6.30pm-9.00pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday lunch is served from 12.00am-2.00pm and Sunday evenings from 7.00pm-9.00pm. All dishes are freshly made to order and change daily. Relax in the bar area with a local ale or other refreshment.

Grounds and gardens

Enjoy the outdoor seating area with views over the countryside and the Nadder Valley. The inn has an abundance of wildlife including badgers, king fishers and the rare hobby bird. 

Other facilities

Every bedroom at Compasses Inn features an ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV with Freeview channels, Wi-Fi,  tea/coffee making facilities including mineral water and towels. Free parking available to guests.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Compasses Inn, Lower Chicksgrove, Tisbury, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, Telephone: 01722 714 318, Wiltshire, SP3 6NB, United Kingdom

Check In: From 1.00pm-3.00pm or after 6.00pm  Check Out: 11.00am

Directions: From The East. Exit the A303 westbound after the A36 Salisbury and Wilton exit. Turn left signposted to Teffont and Chilmark. After 2-3 miles, at the T-junction, with the Black Dog on your left, turn right and then immediately left. Follow the road through Chilmark towards Tisbury. Turn left towards Salisbury and Chicksgrove. At Chicksgrove village turn right signposted to Sutton Row and Sutton Mandeville. The inn is half a mile up the road on the right.

From the South:Take the A30 west of Salisbury towards Shaftesbury. Take the third right, west of Fovant, signposted Chicksgrove and Sutton Mandeville. Turn right into Lagpond Lane. The Compasses Inn is about one mile down this single-track lane on the left hand side.

Nearest Train Station: Tisbury station (2 miles) with a direct link to London Waterloo.


14th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

No smoking

Children welcome

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Private/enclosed garden

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Self-catering facilities

Children's cots

Children's games

Children's highchairs

Woodland walks


Book library

Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

Central heating

Open log fire

Bicycle storage

Food and Drinks


Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Picnic area

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (a short drive)


Based on 102 Reviews
Service 4.7
Rooms 4.7
Service 4.7
Overall Experience 4.7
Website 4.3

Our stay was delightful! Thank you to the friendly team who helped to make it so! We'll be back!!!
Mrs Lesley M

Theo was excellent, he made us really welcome and nothing was too much trouble for him to make sure we enjoyed our stay. Thanks very much.
Mr John H

The Compasses as always, was excellent ! That's why we keep going back
Mr John L

Friendly, helpful service & good food.
Mrs Jane M

Very nice and helpful staff
Mr Joerg Z

Great place, great pub, friendly and very nice and rural
Mr Michael R

We had a wonderfull stay in a rual and stunning surrounding. The Pub vistit is a must for every continental visiter.
Mr Martin M

Lovely pub, room, food and helpful friendly staff.
Ms Jenny J

Eveything we had hoped for in the booking. The pub was a delight set in wonderful countryside.
Mr David E

Comfortable and relaxed. High standard food. Hope to stay there again.