The Withies Inn

4.4
304 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Cosy
  • Worth the Drive
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.
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AW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Poor food quality, presentation and value for money
Will not return

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XE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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IT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a Good Restaurant to eat at. No exception this time. Excellent quality food and well looked after. Would recommend

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TC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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MF
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great meal,very friendly attentive but not intrusive service. More specials would help.

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A
Surrey
17 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal

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GC
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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A
Surrey
18 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great location and good food

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely Inn and service so attentive

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DB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place. Good old style English Pub/restaurant and service.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb service and food in a wonderful setting that made our big day very special

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MW
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Have been going there since I was 18 years Old and am now 71, the staff, the ambience and the food is exceptional

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HC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat outside. Beautiful day lovely garden Good food.

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p
Surrey
11 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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HB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Extremely expensive for very little effort.
So disappointed.

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HN
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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A
London
19 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been going to the Withies for nearly 40 years and I'm always delighted to return.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great lunch! As always!

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and service ,look forward to coming back to this lovely olde pub *

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PT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fro the moment we arrived on Valentine's Night, we received a friendly welcome, good service. The menu was good value, and the staff had a sense of humour. The ambient feel was comforting. Would recommend the Withies' Specials Events.

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AP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Caharacter and quality combined. Old school at its best.

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p
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been to The Withies Inn restaurant for a proper meal three times now and each time the food has been absolutely superb. They have served me the best steak I've ever eaten anywhere in the UK.
I recommend them to my friends who enjoy a good steak well prepared. When I have friends in the area I send them there.
The ambience of the Withies is cosie and friendly and every meal there is a delight.
As you can probably tell, I really like the food there!

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A
Surrey
18 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely as always with fabulous service
Good that the menu has been updated , keeping the classics but more options available

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A
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding oroginal

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

They always seem to be able to maintain their high standards

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TM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

It is not cheap but the quality is good. I would have given it some 5stars but the Doombar beer was poor, I was on the cusp of sending it back and on reflection I should have.

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TG
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

A great little hideaway off the beaten track. Greeted at the doorway by a barman who took our coats whilst we waited for a table. Seated within 5 minutes next to the bar and as we chatted away there was a buzz around the well presented and dated decor (dated as in period)
Drinks came very swiftly from the very good wine list with the waiter asking me if I wanted the Chilean or French merlot.

Dinner came soon afterwards. Only issue was the Ribeye was very fatty & for a highly priced meal, it would have been nice to have more meat.

Other than that, no complaints and a very happy date.

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GA
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is the second time of visiting was hear in the summer lovely
Outside space oldie worldly place

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RF
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Love this place unfoughtunatly the service was not up to their usual standard waiting staff have changed table service poor on this occasion.

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J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Disappointing ambiance, stuck in 1980’s when we last visited!
Food tasty fortunately!

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B
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Christmas dinner! Big portions and great staff. Best place to get together with friends and family.

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b
Surrey
65 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

pity we were shoved into a corner of the bar NOT the restaurant, with a badly smoking fire to boot.

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p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place with excellent staff and food. Had a great evening.

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A
Surrey
18 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely as always!
Great service

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