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★★★★★

“Good food, excellent service”

Written on: 14/05/2013

Having been to the Square and Compass a number of years ago and had a disastrous meal we had vowed never to return. However, we started to hear good things said about the restaurant/pub and thought we'd give it another try. So glad we did. The food was very good, the prices not silly and the service was excellent. We would go again and recommend it highly to our friends… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Kindergarten”

Written on: 07/04/2013

I have visited this pub over the years and had some pleasant times there so was pleased to see that it had reopened. Firstly concerning what they can control the food was barely above average so that was a disappointment. Secondly - and I understand that this is difficult to administer - but we were placed on a table next to a crowd of children -whose parents were eating in the restaurant! It beggars belief that people expect the pub staff and other diners to look after their children!… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“buzzing again”

Written on: 23/11/2012

The Square is buzzing again and the new team, new look and great beer have rescued this fine country pub. We have eaten there five times since the re-opening and the food is definitely a step above the usual pub grub in terms of quality. For example, the burgers (my favourite) are really juicy and taste of steak - apparently they are made from locally reared beef. Guest beers like Mary Jane from Ilkley Brewery and Copper Dragon from Skipton keep me happy and there is a vast range of bottled… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Small portions, overpriced but good atmosphere.”

Written on: 18/11/2012 by Hungryhorace (1 review written)

No surprises as far as the food was concerned, pub food jazzed up a bit and carefully arranged on large plates. Vegetables and salads are extra and are needed to pad out the small portions. However we were saved by the exceptional quality of the beer. Will call again when the special offers start… Read Full Review

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Mrprince1968's Response to Hungryhorace's Review

Written on: 30/05/2013

Well every time I have eaten I never had room for a pud I suppose it depends on how large a portion you are you to! Going again this eve with a party of 10 I will be putting review on so watch this space.

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★★★★★

“Family party fab eve!”

Written on: 22/10/2012

we dined on Fri eve as a family for my sons 19Th birthday the whole eve was a delight from start to finish & the surprise dessert was fab!x well done chef.All five family members had a different dish from mussels to ribs from stake to dear stoker's game pie.This is the 3rd time we have been now & enjoyed every time with different friends!If you haven't already been I personally suggest you go I guarantee you won't be disappointed! Must dash want to read the Christmas menu & book in good time… Read Full Review

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“very disapointing”

Written on: 03/10/2012 by halifaxpete (1 review written)

The Square & Compass is a very nice pub the seating is very cumfy,the decore is great the beer is great. The food is average but the portions were small and expensive and all veg was extra. The reason this pub has not done well over the last few years is because there has been no good old fashion pub grub like steak and ale pie,scampi and chips and decent deserts,it also could do with a £10 two course sunday carvery with decent portions it can be done and is been done,no more fancy food and… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“New Management”

Written on: 19/09/2012 by timstokes (1 review written)

First visit since takeover and what a difference. Service and food very good and value for money. Especially recommend the spare ribs I had, lot s of them and brill BBQ sticky sauce. Had given up on the place because of better local competition but will definitely be back. I hope they keep their current high standards but the problem then will be getting a table… Read Full Review

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“Called today (31st January 2012) for lunch and it was...”

Written on: 31/01/2012 by kingfi5her1 (1 review written)

Called today (31st January 2012) for lunch and it was closed. Called last year, closed again. Don't think I eill bother again. The banner on the roadside seems inviting. Something wrong somewhere… Read Full Review

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Justinl123's Response to kingfi5her1's Review

Written on: 25/11/2012

It is open again and really is worth trying again

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★★★★★

“fine food,a bit of class.”

Written on: 11/09/2011

Sunday lunch, travelled from Bradford on our way to Chester-le-Street nd passed the sign and for the first time thaght we would give it a try. entered main door and was given a nice greeting and told to pick our own table, a nice touch as not everyone likes standing and, being given the impression that the place place is full. a visit to the "gents" is worth going just to see how clean and classy it is, the place made me feel relaxed from entering to leaving, the meals were ready within 15… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“A Pheonix rising from the ashes”

Written on: 10/09/2011 by YorkshireTyke (1 review written)

I ate here with my wife on Sept 9th 2011 . We were welcomed by Helen and enjoyed the refurbished tables and chairs which are VERY comfy. We ordered a Ceaser Salad with a side order of chips which were excellent, obviously the new chef has take this resteraunt to his heart and we followed this with sticky toffee puding - - -again really nice. This eating house has seen some "Dark days " in the past but is now well worth a visit. Its a Pheonix rising from the ashes… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I have now eaten at the square and compass several...”

Written on: 26/12/2010

I have now eaten at the square and compass several times sic it has re-opened and each time the food and serice were excellent. The staff are friendly and very welcoming. Also the roaring fire is a very welcome sight on a winters day.I am very surprised to read the negative comment above I can only assume this person was bitten by the christmas grinch!!!!!… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“This pub is a prime example why so many pubs are...”

Written on: 28/11/2010 by crownclegg (1 review written)

This pub is a prime example why so many pubs are closing down. Waited 1 1/2 hours before the food arrived a standard Sunday beef menu with Yorkshire pudding - The first plate served was cold, the Yorkshire pudding had been out off the oven for a minimum of 10 minutes, as it was cold to the touch, carrots served were not cooked at all. Complained to waitress - the 2nd plates served the beef was sub standard fatty and overcooked, the Yorkshire pudding was burnt to a black something. The pub… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Since this pub has been under new management (approx 2...”

Written on: 30/09/2010 by angela hart (4 reviews written)

Since this pub has been under new management (approx 2 months) and has recruited a new Head Chef (past month), we have noticed a HUGE improvement, particularly with the delicious home-cooked food. Everything is cooked from scratch - the gravy, the custard and the soup we had (vegetable) was excellent value and served with warm French bread. Apparently you need to book in advance for Sunday lunch, as this is particularly popular with both locals and visitors. Don't be put off by past trips to… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The new Landlady (Maggie) as turned this pub around...”

Written on: 15/09/2010

The new Landlady (Maggie) as turned this pub around she is what this pub as been in need of for over 8 yrs.

The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great. If you havn't been to the Square and Compass in the last 3 months I highly recommend that you do.

I have been several times since it re-opened in July and have never been dissapointed with the food or the service… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“ Menu very limited no special board. Mash was off...”

Written on: 27/03/2010

Menu very limited no special board. Mash was off considering most things came with Mash. Was offered Cumberland Sausage with chips. Food was nice as a started not a main course because of that food slightly overpriced. The best part was the cheese board but grapes, celery and apple was missing. Staff looked board but never came down to see were we ok. On a Saturday night only us was eating and 8 locals drinking rest was empty. Was not a pinch as it was 8 year age. … Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“We hadn't booked on Mother's Day, but turned up with 6...”

Written on: 22/03/2010

We hadn't booked on Mother's Day, but turned up with 6 adults and 4 children (all under 7) and enjoyed a delicious Sunday Lunch, with homemade food, which was excellent. We all enjoyed it and are going again soon. Kids were made very welcome and allowed to use the function room adjacent to play in and were even given balloons.

The only criticism is that service seemed a little confused, all young staff, without much of a system. It was not very busy, especially for Mother's Day. Food great and… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Having eagerly waited for the reopening of the Square...”

Written on: 08/03/2010

Having eagerly waited for the reopening of the Square we were in harrogate to see our son and had heard through the grapevine that it had reopened. We ordered a large dry wine 0verpriced at £5.10 and a pint of bitter that was cloudy. My chicken bagguette was about4 inches long and very chewy but my wife had the ham and brie which she enjoyed, needs a lot of work to get it back to what it was 7 or 8 years ago. Pleasant surroundings but why the doors on a dark and dingy restaurant?… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Really liked the cosy area by the fire. The service...”

Written on: 19/02/2010

Really liked the cosy area by the fire. The service was great and our food was served quickly. We walk in the area a lot and will certainly be back with our friends… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Called in to try after new management had taken over. ...”

Written on: 16/02/2010

Called in to try after new management had taken over. Quiet but had plenty of choice where to sit. Food delicious, my boyfriends steak was described as the best he had tasted in ages. Chips looked home made and were perfectly cooked nice and crispy but fluffy on the inside. My butternut squash was beautifully presented and tasted divine. Will definately go again… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“great to see this lovely pub open again.unfortunately...”

Written on: 16/02/2010

great to see this lovely pub open again.unfortunately there is still room for improvement. was disapointed in the content and extent of the menu.does not do justice to such a nice location.overpriced for bar food… Read Full Review

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