The Compasses Inn

Chelmsford, Essex

Minutes from the motorway, much-loved with an old-fashioned bar - and 5 sparkling bedrooms next door


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


In a little hamlet tucked away from civilisation is The Compasses, a simple pub with a loyal following. The building is red brick and Victorian, the bar is plain (stone floors, wood tables, roaring fire: little has changed in 50 years) and it started life as the closest pub to the Ridley Brewery. Heritage is key; the family that run it have beer flowing through their veins and the Bishop Nick Ridley’s Rite went down a treat. Off the bar is a dining room where freshly made food – chilli con carne, filled baked potatoes, ham, egg and chips – is chalked up on the board. The meat is local and the ‘huffers’ (traditional triangular baps) are huge, and stuffed with a choice of fillings. Ramblers, cyclists and the local shoots drop by, and if you come with children there’s a garden with picnic tables at the back. Right next door is the biggest surprise, their new venture: five bedrooms, spacious, modern and on the ground floor. Make yourself at home among fresh new fabrics, pictures on white walls, excellent bathrooms and warm toasty floors. The big freshly cooked breakfast is served with a smile.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Mon-Wed 3pm-5pm.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Lunch from £3.95. Dinner from £9.


Nightly price
from £70
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
2 Twin/doubles
From £70
1 Twin
From £70
2 Doubles
From £70


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