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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

Take away food collection and delivery service is available Mon – Sat 5.00-8.00 pm and Sun 12 – 2.30 pm – please call to order 01799 550272, view our Take Away Menu or visit our Facebook page for specials.

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