Come and enjoy life at a more relaxed pace at the award winning Compasses Inn. Our charming pub is situated in the hamlet of Littley Green which lies in the heart of the delightful Essex countryside.

Our dog and child friendly Victorian pub, formerly known as the Ridley’s Brewery Tap, is steeped in history and tradition. We offer warm Guest Accommodation and serve local food, including the famous Essex Huffer, alongside some of the best real ales in Essex.

So if you are looking for a relaxing time with a pint of real ale, whether it be in the garden on a sunny day or some hot traditional pub food by a warm open fire in the depths of winter, The Compasses welcomes you.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Joss Ridley Innkeeper




UPDATE (13th Jan 2020):

The pub will not be shut before 27th January 2020.

We hope to re-open by Easter (TBC).

We will continue to do Real Ale, Kegs and all other drinks at the Chatham Green Barn, food will be more basic but will include most of your favourite huffers!

The address of our temporary accommodation:

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

Hours at the Barn will be dependent on other events happening there, opening hours – by week – will be published here.



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: 21/1/2020

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