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“Great Saturday NIght out.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Axe and Compasses

The Axe and Compasses
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Arkesden
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Ridgewell, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Great Saturday NIght out.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Greeted by very friendly staff, had a lovely chilled glass of wine at the bar even served in a chilled glass! Ordered our food I had the scallops which were large, very fresh. Followed by a chicken en croute my husband had the squid and chicken both fantastic. We then visited the sweet trolley which was awesome. My husband had the pavlova and I had the best Lemon Meringue pie I have ever had. This pub really is a gem I have been visiting it for over 11 years and it has never faultered.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Mother's Day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

At 3.30pm we arrived for our booking on Mother's Day, only to discover my wife's absent-minded hubby had made the booking at a different Axe and Compasses, 20 miles away!
Despite this, and the fact that the last servings had been an hour and a half earlier, the owner could not have been more accommodating and the staff more willing to please. A table was made available and a very grateful family was served excellent food.
No room for any criticism.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Richard D
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Norwich
Level Contributor
18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The best of all worlds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

Combine a first class restaurant with Greek/Cypriot owners and you have an amazing menu of traditional British cusine with traditional Greek dishes. Place this in a beautiful village pub, add an interesting selection of well kept cask conditioned ales, a large open fire in the winter and you may start to understand why I drive from Norwich (about an hour) to enjoy their superb hospitality.
You'll need to book !

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ContentedDiner
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Super food and menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

If ever I've got friends and family visiting from Norway, I take them here. It's a beautiful thatched rural pub, set in a beautiful village. The menu is varied, and we've never had a bad meal here. In the Summer, you can sit outside and be served promptly and never have to wait long for a refill. Inside, I would say it's a little quirky, but it really has character. Think the complete opposite of an All Bar One, and you'll be about right. It beats the overrated and overpriced "Jamie Olivers' parents place" in Clavering, hands down.

Visited December 2013
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Thank GarethCambridge
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Never had a bad meal here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

This has been our local pub for almost twelve years - we eat here two or three times a month and have yet to have a bad meal-while the menu is traditional pub food it is always made with top quality ingredients, always hot and always served promptly.We have tried all the restaurants in the area but this remains our favourite because of it's consistently good standard.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fujiboy
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