Welcome to the awarding winning Compasses Inn at Littley Green.

We are currently closed for some essential building works to the kitchen and cellar. However, we have created a fantastic pop up pub at The Whitbreads Barn in Chatham Green, so please come and visit us there.

We are serving all our usual drinks including a great selection of real ales drawn straight from the cask, plus our famous Essex Huffers in a very warm, relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.

Please see below for the address, events and opening times. We hope to reopen the pub sometime in April, please check back for progress updates.



The address of our temporary accommodation:

Whitbreads Barn, Whitbreads Farm Lane, Chatham Green, Chelmsford, CM3 3LQ



Click the links below:

Compasses Opening Hours February

Compasses Opening Hours March



Whilst we are at the Young Farmers Barn we thought we’d have some fun, here’s what’s coming up!


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 update: 8/2/2020

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