The Withies Inn
Located in the tiny hamlet of Compton in Surrey, The Withies Inn dates from the 16th century, and has been unobtrusively modernised to accommodate a small, first-class restaurant. Attractive low beams and an eclectic interior add to an atmosphere which is relaxed, informal and individual. When weather permits an attractive Pergola allows meals to be eaten out of doors in the delightful garden. Compton itself lies directly on the historic Pilgrims' Way, possessing a church with a rare two-storey chancel, and a picture gallery devoted to the works of Victorian painter G F Watts. The Withies Inn stands in unspoiled country on Compton common, just below the Hog's Back, and on the edge of Loseley Park and it's charming Elizabethan Manor House. Very well-known and mentioned in many discriminating reference books, The Withies Inn is extremely popular. A warm welcome awaits you.
A special occasion - and we were treated royally. Just what was needed and the great personal service was a bonus!
Have been meaning to visit for ages as recommended to us. Lovely old pub, very friendly staff.
Although service was slow it was nice to see waiting staff taking pride in doing a good job. Food was excellent & very filling.
Cant wait to return
The Withies is well known in the area and is consistently good in every respect. The ambience, both inside and outside, is outstanding and the Inn is welcoming in all seasons. Arguably some of the waiting staff are a touch over-familiar but this is an observation rather than a criticism. It is one of our favourite pubs which we have frequented for over 50 years.
Excellent ! The food , service and ambience are second to none . Beautiful setting and plenty of parking . The lady who served us had been there for over 30 yrs and is always so charming and helpful , as are the other members of staff .
Will definitely be visiting again as we had moved out of the area and not been for some years .
A beautiful restaurant in a beautiful location. Starters and main courses were served in a reasonable time. Food was very good.
We sat for a good 15 to 20 minutes expecting to be offered the desert menu but wasn’t. At this point we decided not to wait any longer so paid the bill.
They missed out on a further £50 in desserts and coffees.
We both had a superb meal in very nice country olde worlde pub surroundings (a pleasant change from all these pared down wood floor and cowskin interiors so fashionable these days) and the outside ivy clad booths in the garden are delightful. The menu had a retro touch with Steak Diane and tournedos Rossini on offer I chose the specials Gazpacho ( best I’ve eaten outside of Spain) followed by Grouse and it was a real treat served with ‘Withies Crispies’ rosemary and Parmesan roasties and beautifully cooked vegetables. Service was impeccable and there is an extensive wine list - we will be returning
I went there last Saturday and enjoyed the ambience. However the food didnt live up to my expectations. I ordered mussels and chips. The chips were soggy as if they were cooked long time ago. The restaurant took money off the bill for them but I was disappointed. Hopefully it was just one off occasion.
Very disappointed with the food. Charged almost £10 for a prawn cocktail, the portion size was small & the prawns even smaller and tasteless.
The chips tasted like mcCain’s oven chips and the chocolate mousse sat on a bed of sponge fingers!!! Yuk!
Such a shame to be let down by the good as the staff were amazing.
There is no e-mail address on the website to make a complaint.
Safe to say we won’t be returning.
I went with 2 friends on a beautiful day. We sat in a booth in the shade and really enjoyed our stay. The food was excellent especially the crab salad which was absolutely fresh and served with homemade mayonnaise, we would also strongly recommend the goat cheese tart. Our waitress was very efficient, helpful and delightful. Thank you all for making this a special lunch time.
Excellent location and food, service also excellent. There was a group of 10 of us and they looked after us really well
Wonderful meal and service as always. Nothing is ever too much trouble. That’s why we keep coming back as often as we can.
We enjoyed a very nice lunch in the restaurant and the food was well presented and very good. The walkway between the tables is quite narrow and one person with a "man bag" slung over his shoulder nearly nearly knocked over my glass of wine. The only other downside was that as the restaurant got busier so the service deteriorated a little and the pot of tea for wife was forgotten until a gentle reminder was given. Overall a lovely setting, an excellent kitchen and an enjoyable experience.
Always a lovely welcome from the cheery staff. Generous food portions. Swift service. Great to sit in one of the shady garden booths.
Goats cheese tart starter was a burnt pastry case with some poorly caremelised onions in the bottom and a whole wheel of goats cheese sat on top.
Main course was roast beef salad- for £18.50 I was expecting a pretty spectacular salad. It was not. The roast beef was laid on one side of the plate, on the other were a few lettuce leaves, a couple of cherry tomatoes and a radish. Very disappointing. Presentation was very poor and the salad was minimal.
My husband had a bread and butter pudding for dessert which was dry and tasteless.
The pin is beautiful and the staff are friendly and attentive but the food is really very poor given the high cost.
We sat in the garden which was beautiful. The menus was slightly different but the staff tried to accommodate an old favorite off the old menu too. The service was outstanding.
We had booked a restaurant table but my friend was sitting outside when I arrived and we were treated to a table cloth for our wooden table. Service was good and my whitebait excellent. Chic mousse desert also good.
No more to say.
Very nice food very nice pub very nice restaurant. And very nice staff will be going again very soon mick
The tartar sauce on my whitebait was rather short of capers. My steak pie was overcooked and a little dry.
Poor food quality, presentation and value for money
Will not return
This is a real olde-worldy type pub and very delightful. Staff are attentive, food is traditional pub grub with a few up-market add-ons like calves liver & bacon and veal escallope. Outside there are tables set within individual ivy clad pergolas - charming!
Haven't been to The Withies for a couple of years - and its still just as lovely as it always was. Pepe was back working when we visited although he retired 5 years ago and its a delight to be served by him. Lovely food, beautiful setting, really a great place as it always was.
Always a Good Restaurant to eat at. No exception this time. Excellent quality food and well looked after. Would recommend
Everything delicious. No problem asking if OK to share a starter. In fact they went one step further and divided our garlic prawns into two individual dishes! Know the ‘boys’ liver & bacon went down well, the beef stroganoff was apparently delicious and my salmon was excellent. Only criticism was not enough choice of veggies to go with my salmon. Minted peas to go with the minted baby potatoes would have been perfect. Do not have a sweet tooth and a dessert a year at Xmas is going some....... apple pie was to die for.....says it all really.
Great meal,very friendly attentive but not intrusive service. More specials would help.
As always, my visit to The Withies was enjoyable from the warm welcome to the excellent food and the unobtrusive service. My guests loved the ambience and the range of dishes on the extensive menu.
Great location and good food
Such a lovely Inn and service so attentive
Great place. Good old style English Pub/restaurant and service.
Superb service and food in a wonderful setting that made our big day very special
Have been going there since I was 18 years Old and am now 71, the staff, the ambience and the food is exceptional
Sat outside. Beautiful day lovely garden Good food.
Visited this very popular pub/restaurant on a Saturday lunch time with wife and friends. Pub absolutely packed so it took a long time to order and then the food to be served. The menu is resolutely in the mainstream, little novel or exciting. We kept to the old favourites of fish and chips, liver and bacon and sole. All were well cooked and there were generous portions.
Excellent food and very welcoming. Waited a little longer than would have hoped for order to be taken but this was quickly forgotten when the food arrived and by the table service which was excellent. Will definitely return.
Since the last visit we felt the starter menu was a bit disappointing - some very ordinary dishes have replaced some of the more exciting, and the exciting ones (prawn oil pil for example) were much more expensive than before, although tasted amazing.
Extremely expensive for very little effort.
I have read some disappointing reviews about The Withies Inn so I was not sure what to expect from my first ever visit but the whole experience was enjoyable from beginning to end. The Staff were polite, the food was excellent, arrived well presented and in good time. Many of the tables have high backed seating which keeps out noise from adjacent diners, making it a quiet place to meet, eat and talk; which cannot be said about everywhere. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Withies Inn to friends and colleagues. It is just a pity it is such a drive from me, but with some planning I will always try to drop in on the way past.
We were disappointed with the main course we had - fish and chips. There was too much batter around the fish, and the chips were undercooked. However, the service was first class.
Hadn't been there for years - still very nice. Good food, LOVELY staff . We were lucky with the weather, able to sit outside for a drink first. Huge portions - shame, because I had no room for a pud!
Thought the wine was rather expensive.
One of the best pubs I’ve ever found in the UK. Quirky, old, unmodernised and genuine. The food is first class and the team is excellent. Pepe is terrific!