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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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2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Owners and barman are great. Excellent choice of ales that you can taste before you buy. Good choice of wine. Very good food presented well, not too expensive. often have fresh fish. Lovely atmosphere where they remember your name

Thank Leigh M
Essex, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We met our good friends for Sunday lunch, roast beef, roast turkey, beef chilli and scampi. The pub was busy but all your meals were excellent. We only had a brief wait and our drinks were readily replenished. Finished with a shared cheese board. Very relaxing, great cooking by Hayley, good bar service from Mitch and a contented waddle home.... More 

1 Thank TCMunners
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday lunch with our 3 children aged 3 to 14. Food was great, really good portions. The cauliflower cheese and pork belly was to die for. Great range of beer and cider, next time someone else gets to drive!!

2 Thank Philip W
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a long drive we all decided to stop at a small old fashioned pub for a drink before looking for a nice restaurant to eat at. Our group of 4 were pleasantly greeted at the bar, given our drinks. We were glad to find nice big relaxing squashy chairs to rest our tired bodies into. Whilst we chatted we... More 

2 Thank Dom M
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

My 85 year old mother-in-law took my husband and I out for a belated birthday meal and she obviously wanted it to be a nice one. Some misguided soul had told her The Compasses was good so she booked. We were squeezed onto a table really meant for two so we asked to move. When the Pate came I had... More 

5 Thank kmellyj
Alex C, Manager at The Compasses, responded to this review

1. You were seated on a table designed for four. You were moved to a table that usually seats six; eight sat there for lunch the same day. 2. The seating issue may be correlated with your lack of satisfaction with 1/4lb beef, cheese sauce and double carbs (heavy on the chips) as reasonable sustenance. 3. Had you wiped the... More 

Maldon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

First visit so we tried a lunch and drinks. Had run-out of what we wanted but had excellent sandwiches with great chips, drinks were good. Staff very friendly and thankfully into dogs!

4 Thank Beer4Me2
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Went for Sunday afternoon lunch. Good points: Roast was wonderful and the selection of ales (5 on) was impressive, I was offered tasting glass without asking. Less impressive: Clientele - A quiet, small, almost rustic pub is not the place to bring babies that scream the place down, or impatient toddlers. The bar area is "basic" at best; OK if... More 

2 Thank Stephen H
Essex, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Was going to have a nice family lunch .But what a shock the place was not as it looked on there web site nice clean looking and a lovely log fire.We went to the bar for a drink first but haven got our drinks the glass's were filthy dirty. We looked at one another and decided to leave. Not finishing... More 

5 Thank 55555Only
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This cosy village pub, like others in the area, was threatened with closure very recently and it looked like nearly 250 years of local bonhomie was to disappear under a housing estate. But not only has it been rescued, it has now deservedly won awards for most improved pub in the Maldon area. The attentive and knowledgeable staff have a... More 

2 Thank David W
Tiptree, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

We have lived in the Totham area for 58 years and this is the first time we have been to The Compasses in Totham and it will certainly not be our last. We had arranged to go out for lunch with some friends and we wanted to go somewhere different. We have often passed The Compasses and heard that it... More 

2 Thank Tony B

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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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?