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The Axe and Compasses

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Axe & Compass Axe & Compass High Street, Arkesden, Saffron Walden CB11 4EX, England
+44 1799 550272
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Axe & Compass Axe & Compass High Street, Arkesden, Saffron Walden CB11 4EX, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We’re walking the Harcamlow Way and stopped here as the mid point of the 24 miles from Melbourn to Thaxted. The right hand side has a stone floor and a fireplace (with fire going). The landlord very kindly allowed us to eat our sandwiches in...More

Thank Laoghaire73
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff were brilliant and the food was amazing. All dietary requirements were catered for. Everyone at Cole's enjoyed the Christmas dinner. Well done. Looking for an excuse to visit again.

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 30 November 2017

We called in to take a sandwich light lunch and a pint after a morning's walk. We were made welcome. Many tables were booked and although we arrived shortly after the noon opening time the pub quickly became quite busy. There was a choice of...More

Thank Graham D
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Went for a meal with friends. We were a bit disappointed. My food was OK, but my wife thought her food was a bit stodgy. I did ask for the cheese board as I am diabetic and could not choose from the wonderful pudding trolley....More

1  Thank exiledinessex
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

This pub restaurant is one of the best in the area that bridges Hertfordshire and Essex. The owners are Greek and pay that lovely attention to detail that great ingredients deserves. The fish is so fresh that you cannot smell it, the meats divinely prepared...More

Thank ChefCliveM
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Out on the bikes we stopped at the Axe and Compasses for a light lunch and received a very friendly welcome. We sat outside bathed in warm sunshine and didn't have to wait long for the coffee and a bowl of soup to arrive. The...More

1  Thank paulF5692MX
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We come here for lunch every few months when we visit family who live nearby. It never disappoints. We are suckers for the steak and kidney pie (made with shortcrust pastry), but our family tend to go for lighter dishes that are equally delicious. The...More

Thank cmasb
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The Axe and Compasses has a great reputation and we visited it for a special celebration meal last week. My wife's food allergies were explained carefully to our waitress and she ordered grilled fish without any coating. She was given fish with a flour coating...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Ate here last night the second time and it was a wonderful evening. A very traditional English pub with lots of character. A positive experience in every respect; atmosphere, service and food. A wide menu and food beautifully cooked. Desserts are served from a trolley...More

Thank Sarah J
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Nice pub been quite a few times over the year, friendly owner, good food, nice atmosphere and a lovely black cat ;-)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Axe & Compass Axe & Compass High Street, Arkesden, Saffron Walden CB11 4EX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Saffron Walden  >  Arkesden
  • Phone Number: +44 1799 550272
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