Welcome to the awarding winning Compasses Inn at Littley Green.


Hi everyone,

From Monday 17th May, you will be allowed to sit and drink/dine inside the pub. We will continue to operate as we are with ordering and paying at the garden bar – your drinks and food will then be brought to you table. There will be no service inside the pub itself.

You may only sit inside the pub if you have booked in advance.

We will have 8 tables (1×6, 6×6 & 1×2) available at the following times:


12.00-13.30, 13.30-15.00, 18.00-20.00, 20.00-22.00

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays

12.00-14.00, 14.00-16.00, 16.00-18.00, 18.00-20.00, 20.00-22.00

Please email compasseslittleygreen@gmail.com to make a reservation. We will still take reservations for 8 tables in the marquee as well.

Please remember to wear a mask if you’re able to when moving around the pub and when ordering at the outside bar.

Thanks and see you soon! Joss x


We look forward to welcoming you again to The Compasses from 12th April. Although a number of the pub restrictions have been dropped, a number of important ones still remain:

  • Social Distancing – if you are able to, please wear a mask when not seated at a table and keep distance from others
  • NHS Track & Trace – everyone must check in using the NHS app when they arrive
  • Rule of Six – only 6 people or 2 households are allowed per table
  • Outside Drinking & Dining – customers are only allowed into the pub to use the lavatories. Please remain seated at a table whilst eating or drinking
  • Table Service – we will be running a hybrid table service, see details below

Table Service

As we have an outside bar in the back garden, we will be operating on a hybrid takeaway/table service basis.

On arrival,

  1. Please find a table, or if you have booked, your table will be in the back garden marquee
  2. Sanitised standard food and drink menus will be attached to the table
  3. Current Real Ales, Ciders and Food Specials will be displayed on a board on the corner of the marquee only. Please ask one member of your party to take a photo of the menu and return to your table.
  4. Once you have decided what you would like to order, please make a note of your table number and send one person to the queue outside the back garden bar (please see photo). Please maintain social distancing in the queue and wear a mask if you are able to.
  5. At the bar, please order and pay for your food and drinks (no tabs) and then return to your table (don’t forget your table number!). Your drinks and food will be delivered to your table
  6. Repeat until full!!


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

Table Bookings

We will erect a marquee in the back garden containing 8 tables of up to 6 people that you will be able to book in advance. All other tables in the garden will be on a first come, first served basis. We will put a little bit of heating in the marquee, but if it is cold, please dress accordingly.

The tables are available to book at the following times:

12.00 – 13.30

13.30 – 15.00

15.00 – 18.00 (when open)

18.00 – 20.00

20.00 – 22.00

Please email Joss on compasseslittleygreen@gmail.com with the day and time you would like to book – please do not phone as no-one is answering the phone at the moment.

We look forward to welcoming you to the pub very soon!



Last Updated 7th May 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