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The Compasses Inn Information


The Compasses is a classic, East Anglian, traditional country local pub. The friendly bar has brown-painted panelling and wall benches, plain chairs and tables on quarry tiles, and chat and laughter rather than piped music as the backdrop. There's a piano, darts and board games in one side room, and decorative mugs hanging from beams in another. A fine range of ales includes Bishop Nick Ridley's Rite (brewed in Braintree by the landlord's brother) tapped from casks in a half cellar. In summer and at Christmas we hold beer festivals featuring dozens of beers, alongside events that include vintage ploughing in the field opposite. All the reasonably priced food is freshly prepared and includes the Essex Huffer - a traditional triangular shaped bap stuffed with a selection of fillings. Picnic tables sit out on the sheltered garden to the side and back, with a couple of long tables on the front cobbles by the quiet lane. The rooms, built in 2012, are in a separate annexe to the side of the pub and all are accessible from the ground floor. Breakfast is not included in the price of the room and is charged at between £7.50 (for a basic breakfast) and £12.95 (for a full breakfast). Breakfast is served in the pub with a choice of muesli, cereal, yoghurts & fresh fruit; Full English or Eggs Benedict; tea, coffee & juices. Vegetarian options are also available.

Joss Ridley started running The Compasses, Littley Green in March 2008, 3 years after Ridley’s, The Essex Brewer, was sold to Greene King. The closing of Ridley’s brewery hit the family quite hard. At the time Joss was an accountant in London rushing around in the rat race. After some thinking time in New Zealand he realised how important his heritage was and it was then that he took the leap of leaving London to get back to what his name represented in Essex. What better pub to be the landlord of than The Compasses known as The Ridley’s Brewery Tap, a stone’s throw away from the Hartford End brewery. Reflecting on 10 years of ownership, Joss said: “I took on a wonderfully traditional pub and with it came some loyal punters and brilliant staff who gave me a warm welcome. Thanks to a combination of love and commitment for the place we are still doing very well having introduced a variety of annual beer festivals and athletic events and five B&B rooms in 2012."

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected daily
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Rooms sealed after cleaning
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • Staff protective clothing
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed above 60°C/140°F
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Guest protective clothing encouraged
  • No shared stationery
  • Outside air ventilation
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • First aid kit
  • Temperature checks (staff)
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Sanitised tableware
  • Takeaway meals


  • Bar
  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Restaurant
  • Bike lock-up
  • Garden
  • Ice machine
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Fire alarms with lights
  • Specially appointed rooms
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Pet bowls
  • Sun terrace
  • Breakfast served in restaurant
  • Well lit path(s) to entrance


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Highchairs


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options
  • To-go breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Dart board
  • Fishing
  • Horse racing
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Card, board, video games
  • Family fun
  • Games, chess, cards
  • Group parties
  • Retreat
  • Wild life
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    14:00 22:00
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    Pets welcome, Pets by arrangement
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


The Old Bob room is accessible. It has a Doc M bathroom and wide door access to the room on the ground floor. It has an alarm in the bathroom which is connected to the pub. It also has a flashing fire alarm.


  • Train from Chelmsford (9.4 miles)
    A short taxi journey from Chelmsford Railway Station.
  • Air from London Stansted Airport (13.0 miles)
    A short taxi journey from London Stansted Airport.
  • Road from Chelmsford (9.4 miles)
    If travelling to The Compasses by car using Satnav - please turn left at the T Junction when you get to the village of Littley Green.
  • Road from Leez Priory (1.3 miles)
    The Compasses is a short drive or walk from Leez Priory.
  • Road from Chelmsford City Racecourse (3.0 miles)
    The Compasses is a short drive from Chelmsford City Racecourse.

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