The Axe & Compasses
01799 550272   Arkesden Saffron Walden CB11 4EX  Click here to find us


The beamed restaurant was formerly a stable block which provided accommodation for horses until the 1920’s. It seats 50 people and is also available for private functions. Enjoy a meal from our extensive a la carte menu or alternatively choose a dish from our ever changing specials board.

We are proud to use locally sourced ingredients and our fish is delivered fresh, direct from Billingsgate Market. Sunday Lunch is a traditional 3 course set menu and the desserts are displayed on our famous sweet trolley. Children may choose from the menus and we will be happy to reduce the portion size and price accordingly. Booking is advised especially at the weekend. We can be contacted on Tel: 01799 550272 to discuss your requirements further.


Restaurant Menu

Starters (from £5.50)

  • Freshly Made Soup
  • Chicken liver pate with Cumberland sauce and hot toast
  • King scallops with mushrooms white wine and cream glazed with fresh parmesan
  • Fillet of Fresh Plaice rolled and lightly cooked with Mushroom, White Wine and Cream
  • Flat Field Mushrooms baked with Garlic, Thyme, Lemon Juice and Olive Oil, served with French bread
  • Feta Cheese Parcels, wrapped in Filo Pastry and served on a Sweet Cherry Tomato Dressing
  • King Prawns and Green Lipped Mussels grilled with Garlic Butter
  • Fresh asparagus wrapped in Parma ham, flashed in butter


Main Courses (from £12.95)

  • Fresh Monkfish carved onto a roasted red pepper sauce
  • Fillet of Beef, chargrilled on a sweet Cherry Tomato, Red Wine and Balsamic reduction
  • Supreme of Chicken with Mushroom duxelle, wrapped in a Puff Pastry served on a Wholegrain Mustard Cream
  • Lightly grilled Sea Bass fillets with a Leek & Potato cake served on a Lemon Parsley Butter Sauce
  • Medallions of Beef fillet, with Rosti Potato finished with soft green Peppercorns, Brandy & Cream
  • Breast of Norfolk duck on pak choi, with steam ginger and lemongrass sauce
  • Whole grilled Lemon Sole
  • Tender Rump of lamb, baked pink and carved on a Mint and Red wine gravy
  • Sirloin Steak cooked with a Drambuie and Horseradish Mushroom Sauce
  • Large pancake filled with mushrooms cooked in cream and finished with parmesan cheese
  • All the above dishes are served with fresh seasonal vegetables and potatoes


The Axe & Compasses Bar Menu

Starters and light snacks from £5.50

  • Homemade soup of the day
  • Greek Meze Sharing Board (for two persons)
  • Chicken liver pate and toast
  • Deep fried whitebait with brown bread
  • Bread crumbed goujons of plaice with tartar
  • Crunchy squid with lime and chilli mayonnaise
  • Parma ham and feta salad
  • Prawn and smoked mackerel roulade with brown toast
  • Sirloin steak baguette served with home cut chips
    Grilled Halloumi Avocado & Spinach salad with Honey & Mustard dressing

Fresh Fish from £12.95

  • Fresh cod, grilled or battered
  • Grilled lemon sole
  • Swordfish seared with Cajun spices served on freshly roasted vegetables
  • Plaice fillet with spinach, tomato and cheddar

Vegetarian from £12.95

  • Baked tartlet with spinach, leek and stilton, on a chunky tomato and basil sauce
  • Large pancake filled with mushrooms cooked in cream and finished with parmesan cheese.

Main Courses from £11.95

  • Beef stew and dumplings served with crusty bread
  • Homemade steak and kidney pie
  • Lambs liver and bacon
  • Homemade fish pie topped with mature cheddar
  • Fresh salmon and smoked haddock fishcakes with dill, lemon butter sauce
  • Sirloin steak, served with chips, mushrooms and peas
  • Slow roasted belly of pork served on bubble and squeak, with gravy and apple sauce
  • Lamb kebabs served with Greek salad, chips/rice and pitta bread
  • Chicken with lemon and tarragon sauce
  • Homemade 8oz beef burger topped with mature cheddar and red onions served with chunky chips and homemade relish

Sandwiches (lunch only and not available on Sundays or Bank holidays) from £6.95

  • Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato in toasted bread
  • Home cooked ham and mustard
  • Prawn and Marie rose sauce
  • Please see the blackboard for daily specials