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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”.

We are now taking bookings for our Christmas Party Menu 

Please call us on 01799 550272 to book your table

Family run traditional, village pub for more than 30 years


Our food takeaway service is available Monday to Sunday . please take a look at  our takeaway menu. Sunday Roast is also available to takeaway. Please call to place your order on 01799 550272.

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