Welcome

Come and enjoy life in the slow lane at the traditional Compasses Inn. This charming pub is situated in the hamlet of Littley Green which lies in the heart of the underrated Essex countryside.

This dog and child friendly Victorian pub, formerly known as the Ridley’s Brewery Tap, is steeped in history and tradition. It offers warm Guest Accommodation rooms and serves local food, including the famous Essex Huffer, alongside some of the best real ales in Essex, prizing itself on its traditionally well kept cellar.

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

 

 

ALE OF THE WEEK

Having come from a brewing family and been taught the importance of providing a good pint I converted the cellar into a traditional temperature controlled room where we pull your pint directly from the barrel giving you the freshest real ale money can buy.

We offer a wide selection of real ales written on our blackboard which we frequently change but leaving some of the firm favourites all year round.

There is always one Essex ale available, usually Bishop Nick (brewed by my brother Nelion Ridley), and Adnams Bitter from Suffolk.

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

Cycle

To take advantage of the stunning surrounding countryside and country lanes, we run not one, but two cycling clubs at The Compasses

Food

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 17th-19th August 2018