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Square and Compass, Ashill

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Large pub situated down a country lane to the south of Taunton. It seems a popular place for wedding venues, with a large barn just across the yard from the pub. Cars park along the verge down the lane. A wedding party had arrived just before us, which made getting served difficult. The pub itself is quite small and despite having plenty of staff ready, the narrow layout of the pub made it hard to get to the bar. The ales were from Devon and Cornwall. St Austell Tribute & Exmoor Ale were supplemented by St Austell Cornish Best on this occasion. Burrow Hill Farmhouse cider was also on a 4th handpull. We chose to sit in the large conservatory to the front of the pub, with plenty of pot plants all around. There is also a small garden area adjacent to the barn.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Sep 2017 10:15
A traditional country pub with large music venue behind where some well known acts play/ There is also a sort of motel accommodation block along side too.
The pub itself is nothing special, fairly regular sort of menu, 3 ales, 2 from st austel and one other. The st austel stuff was really not worth drinking and since beer is what this site is about I have scored accordingly.
cellarbuoy - 11 Nov 2012 21:28
Went for lunch today, by default, owing to another village pub apparently being closed, and on the back of many an advert seen in suited and booted. Never been before. All those wasted years!! Same beers as in 2009 but Exmoor, a staple local, great quality. A proper pub with mix and match wooden furniture and an atmosphere that grows and grows with the entrance of the next party of punters. I, predictably enough, went for the beer battered cod. What I received was anything but predictable. It was huge, bigger than my feet yet smaller than another of my features - I wish!! If this was line caught only someone with forearms like popeye could have landed this monster. Accompanied by chips, very flexible staff allowed horseradish mayo which I 'nicked' off the menu from a chef's special (fish cakes). To say that it beat me is an understatement. My better half went for a rump steak, delivered medium as requested on a hot skillet allowing further cooking if required. Other apparent newcomers were equally shocked by the generous portion control, even one who looked as if she particularly liked her food! Kids also accommodated and I noted that the chicken nuggets are 'nice ones', which is great 'cos there's an awful lot of garbage out there. I can imagine this place having a fantastic sunday lunch ambience. I'll be back!
tauntonbob - 4 Nov 2011 15:14
Exmoor Gold,St Austell Tinners, & St Austell Tribute all on draught. I opted for the latter when i visited tonight, and it was a very good pint. The pub was a very warm and welcoming one with wine bottle candles adourning each of the tables, and a really nice friendly barmaid serving. I popped in durin the evening but there appeared to be plenty of outside seating 4 the summer months. a well deserved 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 4 Oct 2009 00:35
The Square has lots of unlikely acts playing in "the Barn" behond the pub - including Hazel O'Connor a couple of years ago.

'Propsering' seems a goodword to describe the pub these days, with an expanded kitchen and new outdoor covered seating area. The food is very good and a good range. The beer is good and always includes Somerset stalwart Exmoor Ale.
Woppit - 22 Jun 2008 18:26
Strange but true.
appearing at this run of the mill Somerset village pub last night were non other than Dr. Feelgood. Good old fashioned rockers that they are, they were nontheless somewhat incongruous playing so far from their Essex homeland.
It's a bit like seeing the Wurzels playing a gig in Harlow new town.
Not the original line up and at 12 a bit pricey.

chopin - 2 May 2008 11:01
A point to note is that everyone locally would refer to the location at "Windmill Hill" (a false windmill is obvious nearby) rather than ashill
Woppit - 25 Apr 2008 19:50
overall, not at all bad. beer selection could be better. pub food is reasonable but not exciting.
....not easy to find on a first visit....
alehouses - 28 Jan 2008 15:34
Called in for Saturday lunch-our first visit. Friendly staff and a good selection of Real ales. The menu provided a good variety of reasonably priced,home cooked food. We do not visit this part of the country very often, but will definitely come here again.
redarmy39 - 29 Oct 2007 18:46
Went here a fewq days ago, been going on and off for years and it's always been pretty consistent. The food is very good and pretty cheap - 6.50 for ham egg and chips, which was very good quality and an ample portion. They've also build a large undercover decked area with tables, so smokers are well accomadated!
Woppit - 22 Jul 2007 12:36
Nice old pub in the middle of nowhere, just a few houses hereabouts. Open fires, usual rural pub clutter and a friendly welcome. Spot on Exmoor ales. Well worth a visit, and it's just off the A303 if you want an alternative to the Little Chef. However it's closed lunchtimes midweek so check first, and if you don't want roast dinners it's no use on Sundays. As we found out. Would be an eight pointer but for the Curse of the Sunday Roast.
nickdavies - 13 Nov 2006 13:43

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