We stayed at the Square and Compass for one night early June. We did not read the reviews on Trip Advisor before booking.
The outward appearance of the stable block containing the bedrooms is welcoming with a notice advising arriving guests to ring the bell if no member of staff can be found. Having stayed in another pub in January and not being able to enter the establishment until 5:30 p.m. this was appreciated. A member of staff appeared quickly; we were shown to our room and told that the bar opened at 6:30 p.m.
The bedroom was large, plenty of storage, two tub chairs and a small table, and a large comfortable bed. The bathroom/wet room was large with a bath and wet area shower. It was tiled throughout.
However, I did not find the room to be of the expected standard of cleanliness. There was a considerable amount of dust, cobwebs and dirt in many areas of both the bedroom and bathroom. The extractor fan in the bathroom was covered in dust; a cobweb was hanging from a corner of the window the sill of which is the only storage area in this room. The bedroom was cold; we sat with our coats on and left the bathroom door open to benefit from the heat from the towel rail. We tried altering the dials but the bedroom radiator did not come on until we were having our meal in the pub that night. Likewise the water was not as hot as expected.
We ate in the pub that evening both enjoying an enormous chicken curry. Breakfast the following morning was also taken in the bar. We don’t eat a cooked breakfast so can’t really comment on the menu as toast is toast in any venue.
Since returning we have read the reviews on Trip Advisor and the owner’s response. No doubt as this review is not glowing it will also receive a reply. At £85 you do expect heating to be available for your room on arrival (and yes we did try every dial we could find including the radiator thermostatic control) and to be dust free.
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- Also Known As:
- Square & Compass Inn Ilminster, Somerset