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The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers - pub details

Square and Compass
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Address: Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5705) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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other pubs nearby:

Kings Arms, Langton Matravers (1.6 miles), Scott Arms, Kingston (1.7 miles), Ship Inn, Langton Matravers (1.8 miles)

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After a 3 year absence, we revisited last night when it was delightfully quiet and we were thus able to enjoy the views and then the indoor spaces in relative peace. 3 beers from Hattie Brown's Brewery in nearby Swanage were on sale (I tried the £3.50 3.8% HBA and the £3.80 4.3% Mustang Sally preferring the latter) as well as Green Jack's Rising Sun. The home-produced ciders were as they were in March 2015 and cost £3.60 a pint. How come I don't remember the "porthole" on the wall in the Gents? Is it new(ish)?
paul_d102 - 5 Jun 2017 21:55
Simply an unspoilt gem. Spectacular views from the garden out the front. Touristy in the summer, but when a pub is this good, its worth it
Wilson_MacDonald - 14 Aug 2016 16:48
Unspoilt gem. Always excellent and Purbeck's essential visit. Lovely pint of Dark Star Espesso . 10/10
baxterfish - 24 Apr 2016 13:27
Popped in for a cider or two the other day. Still one of the best pubs in the UK. Prices keen at £3.50 a pint average, particularly when I pay £4 or more in my hometown for lesser quality ones. The ale turnover is phenomenal, as I nipped in again a couple of days after and they'd all changed. Not bad for a pub that's certainly off the beaten track.
littledrummerboy - 14 Jun 2015 22:22
Since my last visit in 2008, I've proclaimed the Square & Compass as my favourite pub in Britain. That was until I visited the nearby Castle Inn in West Lulworth this weekend. Nevertheless, the Square & Compass is still a superb pub and still warrants a score of 10/10. It has a fantastic location overlooking the rolling hills of the south coast and the English Channel. Parking can be difficult (there is a pay and display just round the corner) and finding a spot to park your backside can also be difficult once inside. There are 2 main rooms connected by a corridor. The main bar had some live music on Sunday afternoon. A small crowd had gathered and seemed to be enjoying the music. We eventually managed to secure one of the 3 tables in the smaller rooms. At the end of the corridor is the Fossil Museum. The corridor itself also houses the bar, whilst there is further seating at the front and in the pub garden at the side, where your fellow drinkers will most likely be chickens. The clientele seem a mixed sort - there are some regulars who come for a quiet drink, others that come here reasonably regularly from a bit further afield and those like me who have travelled a long distance but who are aware of how good the pub is. There's a fair few bohemian types too. Ales on this visit were Palmers Copper Ale, Wessex Moonlite, Yeovil Lynx Wildcat & Hopback Winter Lightning. Ciders & perries were Cider By Rosie, Hecks Port Wind of Glastonbury & Blakeney Red Perry. Westons Old Rosie, Country Perry & Cider Twist Raspberry, West Orchard Farm Dry & Charlie's Sat Down Be Cider, Eve's Idea & Kiss Me Kate (produced on the premises). This pub is still well worth the effort to get to.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Mar 2015 17:06

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