Charming brick tavern ' a prime example of what is now an all too rare breed; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This picturesque Victorian pub is a classic country local. The companionable 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 Ridleys Rite (brewed in Braintree by the landlord's brother) and Crouch Vale Essex Boys Best Bitter, as well as three changing cask ales. Annual events include the Easter Steam Up! (steam engines), plus summer and Christmas beer festivals featuring dozens of beers. Also seven constantly changing ciders and perries, eight wines by the glass and a half dozen single malts. Picnic-sets 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. There are five bedrooms in a modern block next to the pub.
The good pub guide food review
A big blackboard shows the day's range of huffers: big rolls with a hearty range of hot or cold fillings. They also serve ploughman's, baked potatoes and sensibly priced dishes such as beer battered cod and chips, a changing curry, chilli con carne and lasagne. They've recently started serving breakfast at the weekend.
Compasses, Littley Green, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1BU
Weekdays: 12-3, 5-11.30 Mon-Wed, 12-11.30 Thurs, Fri