The Compass

 
 

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ADDRESS
58 Penton Street, Islington, London N1 9PZ 
 
TELEPHONE
 
OPENING TIMES
Sun to Thu 12noon-12midnight, Fri 12noon-1am, Sat 10am-1am | Food Mon to Fri 12noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm, Sat 12noon-11pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
 
PRICES
Mains £9-£22.50
 

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The CompassSet your bearings north to Islington where Penton Street meets Chapel Market and you'll find The Compass pub. Along with a name change (dropping the fishy sounding part of its previous moniker, 'The Salmon & Compass', in June 2009) comes a shift in atmosphere away from party venue to gastro pub. Under the ownership of John Rentsen and Charlie Silver (who also own The Green in Clerkenwell) The Compass exchanges weekly DJs for a seasonally adjusted daily changing menu. The refurbished space has a shabby chic appeal with exposed brick walls teamed with chandelliers and a 30 foot oak panelled bar. At the bar you'll find Alton's Pride alongside Cheddar Valley organic cider as well as bottled beers like Modello from Mexico and Portugese favourite Super Bock. An extensive wine list complements the offerings from the open kitchen - how about a rich glass of Argentinian Malbec to go with your duck scotch egg; or a Muscadet Sèvre et Maine to set off a sea bass based fish stew? On a hungover morning, head straight for the black pudding sausage roll washed down with a bloody mary. They haven't completely done away with the music and DJs - upstairs there's an elegant private room with its own bar, PA sound system, projector and decks.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Angel Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
King's Cross Tube Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Canonbury Overground Station
 
25 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Elia Mews Car Park
 
9 minutes walk
 
Skinner Street NCP
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Concerts | On 18th September 2014 

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Sadler's Wells Theatre 7 minutes walk from The Compass

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Concerts | On 18th September 2014 

Kings Place 9 minutes walk from The Compass

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Concerts | Until 13th December 2014 

Kings Place 9 minutes walk from The Compass

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