Welcome to the awarding winning Compasses Inn at Littley Green.

Friends of The Compasses Charity Takeaway Service 29th-30th May

We know you all miss us, so some members of staff at The Compasses have decided to start a charity takeaway service from the Whitbreads Barn on Friday and Saturday evenings between 6pm & 9pm from 15th May. We will provide one real ale to takeaway in 4 pint measures (bring your own container – an old milk carton will work) and some of your favourite meals. As we are all furloughed, we are volunteering and all profits will go to charity – half to Essex Young Farmers and half to a weekly changing charity.

Nominated charity 29th & 30th May – St Elizabeth’s Centre

Each week, one of our takeaway volunteers nominates a charity; this week is Lizzy’s turn.  This is her story:

Menu for 29th & 30th May 2020

How it works:

WhatsApp, message or WiFi call Joss on 07771860950 to pre-order from 12 from the menu on Facebook, Instagram or our website. Remember to include the following: name, telephone number, ideal collection time, food order and drinks. (Phone signal is poor at the Whitbreads Barn).

We will ring you back to confirm your order, collection time (between 6 & 9) and to take payment over the phone (we will not be accepting cash).

On arrival stay in your car until approached by a volunteer. They will take your name and ask you to open your boot.  If you have pre-ordered real ale, remember your container and hand it to the volunteer.

Your take away will be placed in your boot, you can then get out, take your food and shut your boot.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you from a distance. Stay safe!

Joss and The Friends of The Compasses Voluntary Group



The Compasses’ nominated charity for 2020 is Cancer Research UK.  Joss Ridley, the landlord, has chosen Cancer Research UK as one of his best friends (Dan) has been living with Stage IV bowel cancer for the last two years.  There will be numerous events at the pub, including a weekly quiz night on Thursday evenings whilst we’re at The Whitbreads Barn, to help reach our target of £10,000.  Joss is also racing the Transcontinental Bikepacking Race in July in order to help raise awareness.  We would be very grateful if you are able to support us in any way, and if you would like to sponsor Joss on his big bike ride and read about Dan’s journey, please click on the link below:

Cancer Research UK Sponsorship Page

If you would like to know more about the Transcontinental Race, please click on the link below:

Transcontinental Race

If you would like to read about some of Joss’s adventures in the last couple of years, please click on the link below:

Orange Socks Blog



Being members of the sixth generation of the Ridley brewing family we pride ourselves on the quality of our real ale.

There are always two classic Essex bitters available – usually Bishop Nick Ridley’s Rite and Crouch Vale Essex Boys Best – a dark ale, a golden ale and one other guest ale. See the blackboard below for our latest offerings.

Last updated: 20/03/2020

The Compasses, also known as The Huffer Pub

There are sandwiches - and there are Huffers! What's a Huffer? Well, let me tell you. Traditionally a Huffer used to be half a loaf of bread that the men working on the fields would take each day, stuffed with a selection of fillings.

Out and about
Out and about

See the historic pillboxes, remnants of World War II, amongst the wild garlic in the nearby woodlands and enjoy walking through the fields of linseed and wheat. The local countryside is perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. If you are interested, the The Compasses' unique cycling shirts are available from the bar. For all those winter walkers there is a welcoming open log fire and a good pint of real ale to help you on your way.

What We do


To take advantage of the stunning local country lanes, The Huffers & Puffers Cycle Group leave for a cake run every Saturday at 9.00am


In this age of ‘bistro pubs’ we are proud to operate as an independent public house offering proper pub food, with ingredients sourced from local suppliers

Horse Racing

Only a few furlongs away is Chelmsford City Racecourse – the first one to open in the UK since 1927. Are you feeling lucky?

Beer Festival

We run beer festivals throughout the year, but our main event is the Hopstock Beer & Music Festival, running from 9th-11th August 2019