Welcome to the awarding winning Compasses Inn at Littley Green.

Changes from 19th July

Hi everyone, the pub will be returning to normal from Monday 19th July except for the following:

1. No drinking or eating at either bar

2. No tabs (except for residents)

3. Staff will continue to wear masks – if you are able to, please wear a mask when ordering at the bar and be mindful of other customers

The following will no longer apply:

1. No table service – your drinks will be served to you from the bar as normal

2. No table numbers – we will go back to using wooden spoons for food orders

3. No restrictions on party size inside or outside the pub

My key goal from Monday 19th, as it has been all along, is to keep all the staff at The Compasses healthy and Covid free. Remember, if a number of us get ill, the pub will have to shut for a period of time whilst people self-isolate, which is something none of us want. As the most likely source of infection will be from customers, please respect all the staff by popping on a mask whilst being served (if you can) – it’s a very small thing to ask and it will be the most effective way that you can help to keep the pub open!

For those worrying about the new rules (or lack thereof), we will continue to operate the back garden bar during all food times, and the marquee will remain up for the time being. Hopefully this will give you a safe, well ventilated place to enjoy the pub.

See you all soon! Joss x


You do not need to book a table to come to The Compasses.  We have 40 tables available, 20 of which are under cover (12 in the marquee and 8 in the pub). From 21st June, we will only take bookings for groups of 6 or above and these will be staggered to minimise wait times.


The Compasses has had an excellent Covid safety track record during the pandemic, and we wish to remain a safe place for everyone to come to. Please respect both staff and other customers at all times and help make it a relaxing and enjoyable experience for all. Remember, the way we all behave is directly related to the overall infection rate in our local area and when the infection rate is high, the pub has to close, which is something that none of us want, ever again. We are still living through a pandemic and bear in mind, a lot of the people who may serve you will neither have contracted Covid to date, nor had their first vaccine and may live with vulnerable people at home. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in helping us keep our staff and customers safe, and the pub open and thriving. Joss x


Last Updated 29th August 2021

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.

Breakfast at The Compasses!

Starting 1st August 2020!

As a result of the improved back of house services, we have decided to alter our opening hours and food times, and to offer breakfast at the weekends between 08.30 & 11.00.

Monday 12.00-15.00 & 17.00-23.30 (Food 12.00-14.30 & 18.00-21.00)

Tuesday 12.00-15.00 & 17.00-23.30 (Food 12.00-14.30 & 18.00-21.00)

Wednesday 12.00-15.00 & 17.00-23.30 (Food 12.00-14.30 & 18.00-21.00)

Thursday 12.00-23.30 (Food 12.00-14.30 & 18.00-21.00)

Friday 12.00-23.30 (Food 12.00-14.30 & 17.30-21.00)

Saturday 08.30-23.30 (Food 08.30-11.00 & 12.00-21.00)

Sunday 08.30-23.30 (Food 08.30-11.00 & 12.00-20.30)


Friends of The Compasses Charity Takeaway Service


The Charity Takeaway Service has now finished. We raised an incredible £9,000 over 8 weekends for the following charities:

  • Essex Young Farmers – our hosts
  • Cancer Research UK – Joss
  • Prostate Cancer UK – Paul
  • St Elizabeth Centre – Lizzy
  • The Trussell Trust – Audrey
  • Motor Neurone Disease Association – Courtney
  • Celia Hammond Animal Trust – Sue
  • Braintree Youth Project Charity – Gus

Thank you everyone for your support, it was a very special thing to be part of. We will continue to do takeaways from the pub when we reopen on Friday 24th July.

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


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