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The Compasses

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12 Colchester Road, Great Totham CM9 8BZ, England
+44 1621 332587
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

The guy behind the bar was obviously very enthusiastic about the real ales & ciders, & it showed in the quality & range of both. This is the first time we have ever been in this pub & we were made extremely welcome along with our 2 friends. The food was decent pub grub at a reasonable price. We shall... More 

1 Thank Mike8Ash
Essex, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic meal we all had last night! Pork with lovely crackling, liver and bacon, beef stew and dumplings and chops. All four meals looked amazing and there wasn't anything left over it was so delicious ! All credit to Jeanette for a lovely meal and a nice evening with friends Thank you!

Thank TCMunners
Essex, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

called last minute after a day in garden. As always welcomed with a smile and hello. Clear menu to view quick service of drinks and the food of roast beef and roast turkey was not a a disappointment. Small touches of individual gravy pot and condiment and selection of seasonal vegetables. Desert was blackberry and apple crumble and again not... More 

1 Thank beegoody2
Harlow, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Takes some finding but well worth the effort, CAMRA Essex pub of the year 2016 which must mean something, well kept large range of draft beers and ciders and a wide range of freshly well prepared reasonably priced mostly local and imaginative food (not imaginary) with vegetarians well catered for. Obvious involvement in the local community and staff/management with a... More 

2 Thank Bill P
Essex, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

found this pub after going to the tiptree jam shop. We got a lovely welcome in this dog friendly pub. The pub doesnt look much from outside but has a good sized carpark and a garden on the side. WE ordered drinks and my husband loved the ale that he were recommened. Theres a good range of dishes on the... More 

Thank upmost
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We visited this lovely Pub 3 times. From a simple pint after work to a lovely lunch in the beer garden. The staff is very friendly, the food was very good (tried the lunch only). We enjoyed our time at The compasses.

Thank Gedryk
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 July 2016

18 of us eat at the compasses last night, 8/7/2016....what a fantastic evening! The staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Nothing was too much of a problem, and despite us being a 'loud' group we were made very welcome. We will definitely go back, thank you so much! The D'Arcy group.

Thank Dionne E
Great Totham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

As we live in the village we decided to Pop in for lunch to see if the pub was living up to its excellent reputation. I am pleased that it certainly exceeded expectations. The pub is one of the few locally which is dog friendly, so we will bring our hound next time we call in. Although not busy for... More 

Thank Noel T
Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

So lovely to go back here for another superb meal and quiz night. Food was excellent, tasty, pipping hot and plenty of it. Local beers a speciality too at decent price. Highly recommend a visit to this 'Essex pub of the year 2016' establishment.

Thank Lindsay Y
Maldon, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

We called in the other Saturday night, without a booking, and had a very good meal. The dining room was busy which meant that, as they say on the menu, there was a bit of time before our meal was served as it is cooked fresh. As they have a good selection of Essex ales that was no problem what... More 

1 Thank martynhk2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$64
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Colchester Road, Great Totham CM9 8BZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Great Totham
  • Phone Number: +44 1621 332587
A newly refurbished country pub serving real ales from Essex and freshly prepared homemade food from local farms. Child and dog friendly throughout.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?