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The Compasses

12 Colchester Road, Great Totham CM9 8BZ, England
+44 1621 332587
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“roast beef” (3 reviews)
“scotch egg” (3 reviews)
“liver” (2 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
12 Colchester Road, Great Totham CM9 8BZ, England
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1 - 10 of 113 reviews

Reviewed 11 August 2017

Both my Mum who is in her 80's and I had the misfortune, to enter this dingy hole of a place, I often write reviews, but I have only ever written good ones, this my very first bad review, but I felt that I had...More

3  Thank Bradley P
Reviewed 26 April 2017 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

1  Thank Leigh M
Reviewed 27 March 2017 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...More

2  Thank TCMunners
Reviewed 27 March 2017 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!!

3  Thank Philip W
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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...More

3  Thank Dom M
Reviewed 18 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...More

12  Thank kmellyj
Alex C, Manager at The Compasses, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

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...More

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!

5  Thank Beer4Me2
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...More

4  Thank Stephen H
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...More

6  Thank 55555Only
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...More

3  Thank David W
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j k
24 February 2015|
Response from Mazo46 | Reviewed this property |
Hi this the phone number 01621 891670 it is best to book as not many tables and it does get very busy. Hope this helps Mazo46
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$68
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
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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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