The Compasses is one of those rare, wonderful and timeless pubs in the countryside. Once the nearest Ridley’s pub to the former Hartford End Brewery, it is now owned by a member of the Ridley family and not part of the Greene King chain who took over the Essex family firm in 2005. As its website says, “After a while under a tenant, and then a manager, Greene King lost interest and put the historic Inn up for sale. They tried to get permission to sell it as a private house but finally sold it together with its license to the current owner - Jocelyn Ridley - who is indeed a direct relative of the original Ridley brewing family.” A tiled floor, beer served straight from the barrel, and huffers –large triangular rolls – available makes this one of my favourite pubs. It’s just a shame that Ridley’s IPA and ESX are no longer brewed just down the road.
‘Essex pubs’ lists the former licensees of the pub: http://pubcensus.co.uk/essexpubs/FordEnd/compasses.aspx
Visit its website: http://www.compasseslittleygreen.co.uk/
… and for a history of the pub and family click here: http://www.compasseslittleygreen.co.uk/history.htm
Beer In The Evening reviews: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/28281/Compasses/Littley_Green