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The Square and Compasses

Facing green fields in a picturesque hamlet

At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year

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.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11.30–11.30
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2, Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–6
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30–9.30, Sunday 12–6

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A131 (Chelmsford to Braintree) take Great Leighs exit, enter village, right into Boreham Road. Left signed Fuller Street and Terling. Pub on left.

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