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The Axe and Compasses

££ - £££, British,
Axe & Compass Axe & Compass High Street, Arkesden, Saffron Walden CB11 4EX, England
+44 1799 550272
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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“roulade” (7 reviews)
“lamb kebab” (6 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
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Axe & Compass Axe & Compass High Street, Arkesden, Saffron Walden CB11 4EX, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A rare treat for four of us to get out for a proper roast dinner, served nice and quickly, had three courses and I really couldn’t fit anything else in, the roast was very generous, lots of extra potatoes & veg. A real quirk was...More

Thank Xris M
Reviewed 5 days ago

A fair few tables full on a Sunday evening was a good first sign when we pitched up un-booked. Not the finest range of beer/lager, but the Malbec was decent and the lager was cold. Two mains - one sea bass, the other pork medallions...More

Thank NeilPike
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited a few weeks ago to meet up with some friends who visit often and have a meal, we haven't visited for quite a while. The menu has quite a good choice and they always have a specials board to supplement it. My husband...More

Thank Bridgelet
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Axe is a semi-regular dine-out for my family and whilst perhaps not the first choice, it maintains a very good standard of service and food. I dined here with a friend and we made an early decision to opt for pudding - making a...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We were recommded this pub for its great good and we were not disappointed. Just outisde Saffron Walden in a little village called Arkesden. What a hidden gem. The owners go above and beyond. So friendly and as for the food, - was amazing. Had...More

1  Thank PLANABC
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

My husband surprised me with lunch, we dine at this pub/restaurant on a regular basis. We both had Hake cooked exactly as we like it, not messed about, just lightly grilled with a little Garlic, lemon and butter and some of the crispiest chips! Again...More

Thank Pluto5383
Reviewed 16 June 2018

An good menu plus a specials board. There's a small area with tables outside. Wednesday is "Steak dinner with a bottle of wine for two" for £35. Unfortunately dogs are only allowed outside.

Thank BassettBoo22
Reviewed 5 June 2018

We have visited this pub many times. The food is always good, we have never had a bad meal here. Decent size portions and honestly priced. The pub is run by Greek owners and we have always been made to feel very welcome, they always...More

Thank MissyMGCambridge
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Thank you to the staff for opening at 9.30 so our group of 20 walkers could pre-order lunch from an excellent menu. We walked through lovely countryside and returned at 12.45. We were seated in a separate dining area and our food was served very...More

Thank Di B
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Have not been for sometime. Went with friend who had also not been for sometime. Atmosphere has changed a little.It has kerb appeal and good old fashioned interior. Prices reflect this but not over priced. Took the time to make certain we understood what needed...More

1  Thank James W
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
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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