Welcome To

The Flying Fish

A Warm Welcome

The Flying Fish, formerly known as The Square & Compass, is situated in the heart of rural Somerset at Windmill Hill, near Ilminster.  Surrounded by fields with beautiful views of the Blackdown Hills, yet just 5 mins from the A303 and 10 mins from the M5, it’s a convenient place to meet, drink, eat and sleep!


Tropical Hospitality

We serve freshly cooked modern pub classics alongside Caribbean inspired dishes, offering something a little different for you to enjoy.  Accompanied by our varied drinks offering, including premium rums, local ales and ciders and a decent wine list – your tastebuds will be tingling!  Why not stay in one of our 8 premium self-contained rooms and linger longer at The Flying Fish!

About Us

The Flying Fish is owned and operated by husband and wife team Buddy and Kate.  Buddy hails from the beautiful island of Barbados, where flying fish are abundant. He brings his relaxed, friendly Caribbean vibe, family recipes and the perfect Rum Punch to the table.

Kate was born and raised in Surrey.  A former Metropolitan Police Detective, she loves to chat with guests but don’t worry, the only ‘grilling’ she gives these days is to your food!

Together, they make perfect hosts and along with their staff, you are assured of a warm welcome and fantastic service with a personal touch.

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Country Restaurant &

The team are looking forward to serving our delicious, freshly prepared new menu.

Weddings & Events Barn

Our wedding barn is looking better than ever with a new sparkly fairy light backdrop and ‘ladder of love’ and we have dates available for ceremonies this year.

Self-Contained Accommodation

Our self-contained accommodation, The Flying Fish Stables is open for business as well as our Blackdown View Deluxe Caravan.




“There is no way I can fault this pub. It’s country inn with fantastic food and super service. There is nothing more I can add, apart from HIGHLY RECOMMEND”



“Owners and staff are absolutely outstanding! The food is beyond commenting – it is absolutely luscious and gorgeous. I absolutely recommend this place for weddings, parties and quiet dining a deux. Well done Buddy & Kit plus one.”

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“Great Stay”


“Warm friendly greeting. Superb room. Food was excellent to a high standard. Would happily visit again and again.”



“Absolutely brilliant food and fantastic service, nothing was to much trouble for the staff highly recommend 5/5 stars. The view over the valley was great also in a brilliant easy accessible location.”