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Three Compasses, Farringdon

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user reviews of the Three Compasses, Farringdon

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Easily missed. Depends what you want. More of a pub than a bar which is unusual for the area. Good place for watching sport/football - rarely gets too busy but also have efficient and very friendly bar staff. Good value as well.

In my experience though, and I'm usually a beer drinker, the quality of the bitter is indifferent at best here - I like the place but drink lager or cider here so am marking it down to a 7 because of the mediocre beer quality.
mike_s - 18 May 2018 11:57
As a previous poster said, front of the pub is almost hidden it is so unimposing, and I walked past before realising I'd missed it.

Busy-ish with the afterwork crowd when I popped in on Friday evening.

Two ales on tap - Deuchars and Santa's Little Helper, with the latter very drinkable and 3.45 for a pint.

Food was on offer, but all I can tell you is that crisps were 90p a bag.

Okay enough for a couple of beers, but not somewhere you'd spend all night.

duchyjim - 9 Jan 2012 10:11
was in on thursday night, pints of Deuchars were in good condition and crisp. watched the 1st half of the liverpool match on the screen while chaating with a couple of chaps who use this as their work local. staff were attentive and the visit overall was fine. would return if in the area again
kiwiphil - 7 Aug 2010 14:03
Just down the road from Farringdon tube the Three Compasses has a fairly small unimposing street front that leads into a larger room than expected. It's pretty bland though and almost "All Bar Oneish" in environment. A couple of plasma screens on the walls provide the sports entertainment. The clientele were mainly suits in for an after work pint and quite frankly they're welcome to it.
murgatroyd - 6 Dec 2009 21:42
I was in here after work a few days ago. Quite liked it. Half busy, good vibe and tasty beer. Will be returning.
Wiley_man - 20 Nov 2009 16:33
Visited this pub recently and it has had a change of managment, and wow what an improvement. The Lady in charge is so friendly and clearly knows how to run a pub. I have read the last couple of reviews and i would suggest that these people go back to see the place, you will see an improvement. I will definetely be back.
mcfairy - 3 Feb 2009 19:35
Went in here towards the tail end of a Friday night, so not the best time to review it. It's definitely a very characterless and forgettable place - despite having worked in the general area for six years, I'm not sure I'd ever been in here before - although they did have three real ales, albeit all relatively unexciting. My pint of Deuchars wasn't brilliant to be honest, and I'm not sure I'd return here (even allowing for the total paucity of decent pubs in the Farringdon area).
grecian - 13 Dec 2008 13:32
I used to visited on a weekly basis, during lunchtime,.. not anymore!

I came for the nice food but the speed or rather the lack-off it and the rude attitude i got today made me decide not to return.
On departure the guy in charge asked us if all had been well. I told him the food was good yet we wouldnt leave a tip as we had waited too long! He claimed we had waited 10 min, (later they became even 5) even though my watch said we had been sitting there for 25min. He was very irritated and walked away and when I asked him why he was so angry he said he wasn't expecting a tip anyway and basically told us to go to the other Thai next time..
Well I know for sure I wont be going back to The Three Compasses where they charge you 9 pounds and a bad attitude!
lindasmith - 26 Nov 2008 15:58
Wow, what a place!!! Was here a couple of years ago and it was a bit so and so, but now it's a NEW PLACE! Excellent staff, good range of beers on tap and soooo good snacks from the thai restaurant upstairs. A perfect place if you want to chill out and charge your batteries. Don't miss it out if you are close to Farringdon!
hanok - 16 Nov 2008 21:54
I had heard that the Three Compasses was under new management (which it desperately needed as was a grotty old place and apart from the Thai upstairs avoided at all costs) decided to meet some friends for a quick after work drink and give it a chance! I was pleasantly surprised by the clean and smart interior and particularly the service which was warm and friendly. We were encouraged to sit at a table and ensured that someone would be over to take our order - often code for get away from the bar and we will come to you at some point when we fancy it - we were served quickly with a beaming smile and as it happens stayed for a few more than the planned one amongst the gentle buzz of happy chatter! Lovely evening!
lw3575 - 5 Nov 2008 16:56
nickthefish - 10 Jun 2008 09:17
I'll support Topdog Andy. The food is the the only thing worth considering here. To me on a par with the Won Ton (sorry one tun) with a slightly more varied menu. The main differences being atmosphere - this is a restaurant above a pub, the One Tun is a pub that also serves Thai.
The pub downstairs is totally uninspiring serving ale at 3 a pint (slightly more upstairs)

lout_from_the_lane - 18 Dec 2007 14:27
Unless you want Thai food, I can't think of a single reason to come here, and if you're only looking for something to pad down the beer (ie. not a date dinner or a business dinner), you're better off going to The One Tun on the other side of Farringdon Road, which (in my opinion) does a nicer Phad Thai, and is a real pub - not some try-hard place that's had more facelifts than Joan Collins.

For anyone thinking "this is beerintheevening, you should review about the pub, not the food", if this 'pub' had a single remotely distinct attribute, I'd mention it.
topdog_andy - 12 Jan 2007 11:38
As far as pubs go, yeah I guess it is more of a casusal restaurant now. I thought the Thai food was really good though and cheap. Though so fast you are a bit surprised ;) Been there 3 times and will go back. Though mostly for the food. Can see moving on to someplace with more atmosphere later. Every meal I have has was great though.
yvonatron - 28 Aug 2006 17:16
Came here for the first time yesterday average bar serving thai food the castle is a better drinking hole
juzza - 23 Aug 2006 13:55
This used to be a good pub, then they ripped out the carpet and fishtank, overlit it, and crammed in as many tables as they could. No longer a pub, now a mediocre bar. One to avoid.
JohnFrancis - 16 Mar 2006 12:08
To all intents and purposes this appears simply to be a restaurant - don't know what its doing on this site. Certainly not a place I'd called a pub.
anonymous - 20 Feb 2006 15:39
Plain, smokey, passable bar. There are much better options around so give it a swerve.
anonymous - 1 Aug 2005 16:00
what's going on? they've cleaned the place up! What happened to the old fish tank? Hope the Guinness is still good!

David - 27 Sep 2004 11:21
Serviceable after-hours quick-pinter. Farringdon area has a number of "bars" which merit your time but if you want a "pub" then it's this or the Castle across the road, or maybe the Hoghead (shudder). The Castle maybe has the edge. This place is long and plainly decorated and is the kind of pub which seems run-down even if it's just been refitted. Good thai food in the restaurant upstairs.
Matt - 12 Jan 2004 13:22
More suits here than at the Harrods sale, although a sign on the door expressly demands 'smart dress'. They take credit cards, naturally.

Best avoided if you get annoyed overhearing small office gangs of men and their secretaries dicuss nothing but business in a jovial down-the-pub-after-work kind of way.
Ruby - [email protected] - 29 Oct 2003 10:50

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