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The Three Compasses, Chelmsford - pub details

Address: Church Street, West Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8UQ [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Wickford (4.2 miles), Battlesbridge (4.6 miles), Billericay (4.8 miles)

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other pubs nearby:

Ship, West Hanningfield (1.5 miles), Old Windmill, South Hanningfield (1.7 miles)


user reviews of the Three Compasses, Chelmsford

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This was my 9th port of call in Essex and I'd been to a wide selection of pubs and clubs. But this was the kind of establishment I enjoy the most - a nice cosy and traditional country pub. It's only small. But seating was available. Others in had seemingly eaten earlier in the evening. As with the previous review in 2011, there are still just the two real ales. But the choice is more adventurous and local these days. The regular beer is Bishop Nick Ridley's Rite. The guest beer was Mighty Oak Captain Bob. It looks like the same landlady is in charge and as the previous customer had ordered the Captain Bob from her, I decided to follow suit. But unfortunately, it was way past its best. Picking up a copy of the local CAMRA magazine here, I read that it had received the Silver award for a Bitter in CAMRAs beer of the year competition. But not on this showing it wasn't. Incidentally, CAMRA appears to have got their choice of pubs in nearby Galleywood very wrong too. The Eagle is in the current Good Beer Guide. But it was absolutely awful, whereas the nearby Horse & Groom hasn't been in the Good Beer Guide since 2006. But it was excellent. Neither are listed on BITE. I will request the latter to be added to the site. Enter the former at your peril, unless you enjoy a lager in a raucous atmosphere with a disco populated with drunken youths! Despite the less than perfect beer quality in the Three Compasses, I would definitely recommend a visit here.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Sep 2018 11:40
I've been a regular here for the last 2 years and possibly longer. Places like this don't generally exist anymore which is why I'm prepared to travel 11 miles to get here. Always a seat on a friday and saturday night and a pleasant welcome from a landlady who's been here 40 years. The staff stay pretty much the same and this adds to thwe wArm atmosphere.
Beer comes in the form of Green King IPA (possibly may be changing?) and Sharps Doom Bar. Always a good pint and happily changed if not quite right. Food at times (best to ring first) is limited but available as a bonus rather than the raison d'etre.
Never ever any trouble here. The landlady is just that - a true publican in every sense of the word.
See you next week!
ButchEgg - 17 Jul 2011 15:35

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