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Compton Abbas Airfield

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Ashmore | Near Salisbury, Shaftesbury SP5 5AP, England
+44 1747 811767
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Dorset
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have visited this place many times and it's on the map for taking visitors to admire the stunning views and watch the planes buzzing around. The café is great just for a cup of tea, a drink form the bar and freshly prepared hot and cold food. Yesterday was a fresh spring day and we ate outside. For me a... More 

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United Kingdom
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85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I suspect that a fair amount of income to the airfield comes from the vintage flights and yet there is nothing on the ground which taps into that market. It was all very bland. A missed opportunity and a bit disappointing really, which was in stark contrast to the actual flying, which was brilliant. Everything about the cafe/restaurant is okay,... More 

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Thank ughdar
ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

Begging for atmosphere!!!!! Most people will disagree with your ill observed comments as they don't in any way sit with the reality of an ever increasing client base and return visitor numbers also the very nice reviews this airfield experiences year on year. Constructive criticism and educated observations are always welcome, but alas, your little missive fails short on both... More 

Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had Lamb Tagine, Coronation Chicken and Sausage, egg & chips which were all delicious. Friendly and helpful staff and aeroplanes and a splendid view. What's there not to like? Recommended.

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Thank JohnWesleyBarker
ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

Thanks John, Our staff regularly check on trip advisor in order to make sure everyone is okay with what they do, so they will be pleased you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again soon. All the best, Clive Chairman Compton Abbas Airfield Limited More 

Warwick, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were taken to this airfield today by friends who live in Poole. It was so lovely, the scenery was awesome and there was a Tiger Moth flying and taking people for a trip in the clouds. The cafe there was so busy with a huge menu, breakfasts, lunches, deserts and baguettes. We plumped for a baguette... More 

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Thank lizzip3591
ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We look forward to seeing you on a day when the weather is a little more pleasant to enjoy being outside. All the best Clive Chairman Compton Abbas Airfield Limited More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here on motorbikes for a coffee stop but ended up staying for a couple of hours with lunch and watching the planes & helicopters take of and land. Service was very good and the tables were cleaned almost straight away. We had baguettes and chips, the only reason for 4 stars was the tea did not come in... More 

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Thank russ999rocket
ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write in. We are looking into the soggy chips complaint as the process we have in place in the kitchen should ensure this does not happen. Chips should never be soggy or, not fresh. We will find out who is responsible and ensure they don't do it again. Unfortunately our tea is always... More 

Dorset, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cafe at the airfield is one of our favourite places for breakfast, a perfect way to start a day out. A good traditional cooked breakfast and relaxing surroundings. Enjoy watching little planes on a real airfield - as in grass! The antidote to Heathrow. Whether you're having a meal or a drink it is an ideal base to have... More 

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ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoy the airfield and our food! As you point out there are some wonderful walks close-by and Shaftesbury is well worth a visit for those who have not been (but this may be a walk too far for some!). In the summer we are thinking of offering power assisted bicycles for hire so people could go... More 

Ringwood, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth booking in advance if you want a view of the airfield from inside the restaurant as it gets very busy because of the location, the aircraft and the good food!

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Thank robpP4823HJ
ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

Thanks for writing RobP Yes you are right, we do get very busy, particularly at week-ends and we are very grateful for peoples understanding on the odd occasions when we get, well...slightly overrun! All the best, Clive Hughes Chairman Compton Abbas Airfield Limited More 

Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fully licensed bar and pub type food. Basic but sound fayre - what you would hope for. Vegetarian friendly. Prices fair. Great selection of café type cakes and coffee you can mix and match with pub drink/food. Friendly, relaxed service. Can get very busy weekends/bank holidays (or on occasion anytime...) The stars of the show are the views over rolling... More 

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Thank hikeyrob
ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

Thank you for writing such a nice review, and you are right... we are very fortunate to have one of the best views over the beautiful Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset countryside. We wish you many more enjoyable visits. Clive Chairman Compton Abbas Airfield Limited More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious big breakfasts served with proper mug of tea. Its been busy each time we have been so book a table ahead of time. The car park has often got lots of lovely gleaming big motor bikes and classic cars to peruse as you arrive. The main attraction is the grass runway just in front of the cafe, with stunning... More 

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Thank Bridget N
ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

Thank you for writing your review; we look forward to seeing you again soon, maybe for lunch! All the best, Clive Chairman Compton Abbas Airfield Limited More 

Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the airfield for a cuppa and really enjoyed watching the planes. It is a fun venue for family and friends

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Thank Susie H
ComptonAbbas, Owner at Compton Abbas Airfield, responded to this review

Hi Susie H, thank you for your lovely review. All the best, Laura & the team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $13
Cuisine
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ashmore | Near Salisbury, Shaftesbury SP5 5AP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Shaftesbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1747 811767
Description
Seated atop a hill in the heart of the Dorset countryside, Compton Abbas Airfield restaurant is perfect for a wake up breakfast, casual lunch or scrumptious afternoon tea. We use locally sourced ingredients where we can, and are often voted the best of our kind in the country. Everyone is welcome at Compton. Most of our visitors are in fact not pilots but people who just enjoy our stunning location, unrivaled views from the restaurant & runway terrace - and of course great food.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?