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The Compasses at Pattiswick

Destination pub, an ideal rural retreat

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Kids play area

Set in the heart the beautiful north Essex countryside, and only a mile from the A120, is this dining-pub that developed from two farm workers’ cottages more than a century ago. Flagstone floors, eclectic furniture and a relaxing colour palette all create a stylish interior; the welcome is genuine and the service, professional. The kitchen sources quality produce from local suppliers, including the surrounding estate, for the variety of well cooked food – from classic pub favourites such as fish and chips, through to more complex dishes, perhaps trio of Dingley Dell pork – belly, cheek and fillet with prunes in Armagnac, fondant potato, parsnips and kale. A roaring log fire makes a welcoming sight in winter after a long walk, while in summer the large garden is inviting. Families are very well catered for here, with a play area and toy box to keep little diners entertained. A private dining room with its own patio is available for a maximum of 22 people.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-3 5.30-11 (Saturday 12-3 5.30-12 Sunday 12-4)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6-9.30, Friday to Saturday 6-9.45

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Woodforde's Wherry, Adnams Southwold Bitter
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A120 from Braintree towards Colchester. After Bradwell 1st left to Pattiswick

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