The Square & Compasses | Pub in Essex | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Square & Compasses - Pub in Essex

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Fuller Street, Fairstead, CM3 2BB, Essex
England, United Kingdom

Victor Roome
+44 (0)1245 361477(landline)

A great little pub for lovers of game and all things seasonal; every dish is lovingly prepared and they’re a Camra winner too

What's not to love? A country pub with wines by the glass and ales from the cask, modern British cooking that's delicious and well-priced, and a landlord who's knowledgeable and welcoming. This popular pub is owner-run and it shows. What's more, it's in a beautiful spot, overlooking the Essex Way. Walkers with dogs beat a path to its door, and so do lucky locals. Inside are black beams and log burners, crisp napkins on old wooden tables, a bookcase of antique tomes, and snugs with dark green walls. Our pigeon with black pudding served on a bed of red cabbage, washed down with a pint (you might try Crouch Vale or Mighty Oak) was full of flavour; the kitchen is known for its quality meats and locally sourced game, with some of the vegetables supplied by the villagers. All the pub classics are prepared from scratch too.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Victor Roome:

Local points of interest from
Victor Roome:

  • The Essex Way Long Distance Footpath passes through our village next to the Pub
  • We welcome Walkers and Cyclists.
  • We are 2.5 miles from Chelmsford City Race Course.
  • St. Mary's Church, Fairstead has some wonderful 13th Century Wall Paintings.
  • Braintree Freeport Village is a short drive away
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Starters from £6.95. Lunch from £11.95. Dinner from £13.95


Open all day.


Fuller Street, Fairstead, CM3 2BB, Essex