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We welcome you to relax at The Axe!

The Axe & Compasses, in Arkesden, is 5 miles South West of the market town of Saffron Walden. It is one of the  finest examples of a Traditional Country Pub and restaurant and is a popular stop amongst both locals and tourists visiting the county of Essex.


The  combination of a family run business, friendly atmosphere and exceptional food has been the key to our success at The Axe and Compasses for more than 30 years.


We are proud to be star rated in many of the national guides with special awards for excellence in food and service. Amongst our accolades we have been awarded National Winner of the best food pub and the regional winner for the Best Customer Service.

The Daily Telegraph has described us as “One of the best pubs in Essex”.

Family run traditional, village pub for more than 30 years

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to The Axe on Monday 12th April 2021 for food and drinks in our outside space.



Tables will be available in our heated marquee and further tables at the front of the pub in the open air.


Kitchen Open Times are as follows: Mon – Sat 12-2 and 5.30-8pm Sun 12-3pm

Open for drinks: Mon – Sat 12-2.30 and 5.30-9pm, Sun 12-4pm


Our food Takeaway service is still available everyday and here is a link to the MENU. Sunday roasts also available for takeaway between 12-3pm

Fantastic Weekly Specials

  • Wednesday Night Steak Special. 2 steak suppers and a bottle of house wine

    Booking Recommended

Our Menus

Our Menus

Take a look at our menus 

Food Served: Mon – Sat: 12.00 – 2.00/6:30 – 9:00  Sun: 12.00 – 2:15


Special Events

Special Events

Please follow us on Facebook to see what events we are holding


Please call to make a booking on 01799 550272