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“Excellent All Round”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Compasses

The Compasses
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Holbrook
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent All Round”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

Lovely Suffolk pub! Good beers, food excellent as was the service. Busy, two large tables of 10 people.
Food portions were fine, more than ample and certainly not "small portions" as Peter W says! Either that or he has a "very healthy appetite".The building is not "very tired and dated", it is a charming Suffolk ex-Tolly Cobbold villiage pub", I sometimes doubt if what some people write is actually true.
Anyway 10 out 10; you won't be disappointed!

  • Visited February 2012
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1 Thank Simon B
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Average......”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

Attractive country pub/restaurant, very pleasant staff, but food a little expensive . Also by 7.30pm on the evening of our visit, had sold out of some of the popular dishes, even though there were only about 20 people eating or drinking ,that we could see !!.
Small portions on to of the main meals......wouldn't rush back.

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank Peter W
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Another Excellent Meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

We have eaten at this pub many times over the past few years and have always had excellent meals and service every time so can only assume that the previous reviews are either made up by other publicans or the like or someone who bears a grudge. Our meal was very satisfactory and we will certainly continue to use this venue and recommend it to our friends.

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank Rosemary_Mike
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Dont waste your time and money!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

Went here on a sunday lunch with my family, sign as entering said fully booked, so for some reason must be popular! building could def do with a refurb, looking very tired and dated.
Starters were ok, although the prawn cocktail i had was very watery, certainly not fresh prawns. Breaded mushrooms and bacon cheese grill were ok, but cant exactly go wrong with these.
As for the main courses, my parents had roast pork, it was edible but very dry. My partner had rib eye steak, which was the blandest rubbery steak which tasted of nothing, not how rib eye should be. I ordered the goats cheese and red onion tart, it should be renamed the onion tart, with a crumbling of goats cheese.sent back once because wasnt even warm let alone hot throughout.
Left the restaurant still hungry and very dissapointed.

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank holidaytime1066
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

Having ordered Burger & chips off the Basket menu for £4.99, I found the burger Disgusting and left most of the meat , when I went to pay I was Charged £10.95 !!!!Apparently what I had been served with was off the main Menu, Can honestly say it was the worst tasting Hamburger I had ever tasted, DONT GO THEIR

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank Richard P
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