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The Compasses at Pattiswick, Essex, Restaurant Review

Compasses at Pattiswick interior

Compasses at Pattiswick interior

Whilst on an Essex road trip, we decided to try out one of the North Essex restaurants on our wish list, and chose the ‘Compasses at Pattiswick’. This really was a good choice and we will be back again! The restaurant and bars are spread across a large area, so you can choose where to eat depending on what mood you are in. The bar is cosy and smart, the restaurant nicely laid out with comfortable chairs and a couple of tables in the middle bar, where the shop is set up. We ate in there as the fire was roaring and the restaurant area was pretty busy.

For pre-starters there is a choice of some delicacies like garlic bread, ham, olives etc, and we asked them to do a small platter which was no problem at all, so we had ham, salamis. Garlic bread, olives and sun dried tomatoes. Delicious! Next we had the pea soup, and I have to say, for a plain pea soup you just could not get better – beautifully seasoned!

See more of the review below these photographs of the restaurant (click on them to open and use the back button of your browser to come back to this page)……

For the mains, Michael chose from the blackboard, a steak and kidney pie served with seasonal vegetables. I had the sea bas on chervil crushed potatoes with watercress and red pepper salsa. All freshly prepared and impressive.

Just to finish the meal we had a lovely cappuccino and shared a sticky toffee pudding as there was not too much room left for much more food. I highly recommend this pudding and it is the best stick toffee that I have ever had.

The service throughout was very good – professional, yet friendly and warm, and they also helped me to get online with their wireless internet connection, so this is a good spot for business lunches too.

If you like wine, then the wine list will not disappoint, with a full range for all tastes.

Restaurant name

The Compasses at Pattiswick

Date of visit

December 2009

Website address

http://www.thegreatpubcompany.co.uk/thecompasses/index.htm

Restaurant telephone

01376 561322

Restaurant address

The Compasses at Pattiswick, Compasses Road, Pattiswick, Essex, CM77 8BG

Service Charge included?

No

Average price per person for 3 course meal, excluding drinks

moderate (£20-£30)

How many dined?

2

Value for money rating?

8/10

Atmosphere Quality rating?

8/10

Service Quality rating?

9/10

Food Quality rating

9/10

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