The Square and Compasses

“Facing green fields in a picturesque hamlet”



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This beautifully restored village pub stands in lovely countryside 10 minutes outside Chelmsford. Originally two farm cottages built in 1652, the free house still retains its original beams, inglenook fireplaces and antique furnishings. In The Taproom you can expect a good selection of food, beers, ciders and perries, and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Both here and in The Dining Room you'll enjoy top-quality local beef and lamb, wild game from the surrounding estates, and fresh local fruit and vegetables, often supplied by villagers. Fresh line-caught fish comes from the Essex coast, and crab from Cromer. As well as pub classics, including home-cooked hand carved ham with eggs, the daily-changing specials might include crab cake with lime and chilli; and roast chump of lamb marinated in thyme and garlic.

The Square and Compasses


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Parking available
  • Garden
Prices and payment
  • Main course from: £12.95
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wide selection of ciders

About the area

Discover Essex

Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.

Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore: 

  • the great Waltham Abbey
  • Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
  • the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
  • Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.

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