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The Compasses at Pattiswick
  • Based in the stunning North Essex countryside
  • Exclusive-use wedding venue
  • Suitable for 50-180 guests
  • Bespoke wedding service
  • In house florist and prop hire available
  • Entries in The Michelin Guide
  • Hog Roast and BBQ dining options available
  • Beautiful bridal preparation suite

This breath-taking venue gives the couple and their guests the opportunity to hire out the grounds for the whole day. They will work with you to create a wedding like no other and promise that this is not a conventional wedding venue- so if you are looking to get married in style then look no further.

This exclusive venue is based in the heart of the countryside and was previously an award winning pub. The chef will work closely with you to produce a flexible catering package to meet your expectations, creating outstanding dishes, making your big day extra special.


Based in the spectacular North Essex countryside, The Compasses at Pattiswick is a family-run business that offers their venue for exclusive-use. It is the perfect venue with its rustic interior and beautiful scenery- creating an outstanding backdrop for your big day.

The Compasses at Pattiswick was established in the 1700's but was transformed into a magnificent gastro pub in 2005. The pub has won a number of awards since it was established including, 'Best Restaurant in Essex', 'Best Pub in Essex' and 'The Great British Family Pub of the Year'.

Since then they have established their own events team who have been planning and running lots of events from weddings to private parties since 2010.

In 2016 the venue became an exclusive-use only venue so that they could focus on providing the outstanding events for customers.


This venue offers two exclusive bar areas which come equipped with two comfy sofas and are also fitted with luxurious log fires.

The team encourage you to book a viewing of the venue before you book to ensure that it is right for you and your guests. They will work closely with you to create a personalised package.

They have recommended hotels and B&B's which would be perfect for you and your guests to rest and relax after your big day.

Barn Area

The venue itself is a converted barn which has a real rustic feeling. The barn can accommodate up to 120 guests for your ceremony/wedding breakfast. During the evening celebrations the barn can accommodate up to 150 guests.

Garden areas/patios

The venue includes a luxury garden area with stunning views and backdrops which create the perfect photo opportunities to capture all of your magical memories on your big day.

Bridal Preparation Suite

This beautiful suite is perfect for the bride and her wedding party to relax and get ready for the big day. With a hair and makeup bar and seating, there is plenty of space to freshen up and prepare before the walk down the aisle.

Menu Options

The head chef will work with you to create a number of tasty menu options for you to choose from to suit your tastes and budget. They will work closely with the couple to create their perfect wedding breakfast- this could be anything from a three course sit down meal to a delicious BBQ.

Late Availability Offers

Up to £1000 off the venue for selected dates in 2019
  • Friday 9th of August - £1000 off the venue fee
  • Sunday 15th of September - £1000 off the venue fee
  • Saturday 5th of October - £500 off the venue fee
  • Saturday the 19th of October - £500 off the venue fee

Bespoke quotations are available for these dates if you have specific ideas in mind!

Autumn and Winter Wedding package

The team are giving couples the option to create their own autumn or winter wedding package for selected dates in 2019.

For just £5900, you can recieve:

  • Use of our bridal preparation suite
  • Choice of reception drink for 60 day guests
  • Two course hot fork buffet or afternoon tea for 60 day guests
  • Evening hog roast
  • Prop hire decoration to the value of £300 including wooden tree centrepieces

This is available for the remaining dates in 2019:
-Saturday 5th October
-Friday 11th October
-Friday 25th October
-Saturday 30th November
-Saturday 21st December

To arrange a personal viewing or to find out more about their special offers, simply click on the contact buttons above and below this listing.

The Compasses at Pattiswick
Compasses Road
CM77 8BG


  • Victoria and Ryan - 8th December 2018

    Wow, what can we say! We had the most incredible day.

    The Compasses were fantastic from start to finish. Everybody commented how beautiful the venue was and how fantastic the food tasted. Paul you went above and beyond for not only us but our guests too. A day we will never forget!

  • Anna and Liam - 4th of November 2018

    We got married at The Compasses at Pattiswick back in November 2018 and we couldn't recommend it highly enough! They gave us the most amazing day and we truly love the place and all the staff! We wanted a small intimate wedding where it was relaxed and everyone enjoyed themselves, and every one most certainly did!

    I can't thank Paul enough for how he made us feel so welcome and made our day run so smoothly. All our friends and family have commented on how amazing the day was and the food was delicious. The Compasses really is a perfect venue and I already wish I could do it all again!

  • Gemma and Rowan - 5th of October 2018

    We got Married at the Compasses last week and the whole day was magical. We could not have asked for a more attentive team, Paul is a super star who is working hard in the background to make sure everything is perfect. The bar and waiting staff are fantastic and up for a laugh. The food is unreal!

    Everyone said they have never had such amazing food at a wedding, everything came out quickly too, so no tables starting on their mains whilst others are on desserts (I have experienced this at so many weddings before!) The pizza oven in the evening was a real hit.

    The bridal prep room is wonderful and you are treated like a princess from the moment you arrive. I am so glad we picked the Compasses for our wedding, the day felt like it belonged to us and we were able to have exactly what we wanted.

  • Wendy and Stuart - 4th October 2018

    We weren't sure what we wanted for our Wedding venue but once we visited the Compasses we knew we had found the place. Beautiful location, fantastic venue and wonderfully helpful team.

    We met Paul on our initial visit and I find it hard to believe that you could find a better host. He gave us all the time we needed to look around and talk through all options that we could have. We never felt any pressure to do anything other than what we felt right for us. We were regularly contacted to keep us updated and revisited the venue several times prior to the day and were able to change the food option almost at the last minute (sorry Claire).

    The day itself was perfect. We had use of the fantastic Bridle Room which made getting ready so much less stressful. Paul walked us through everything so we could concentrate on enjoying the day. Even the sun came out which enabled us to get some of their spectacular sunset photos (they are worth the price alone). We couldn't picture getting married anywhere else. Thanks once again to Paul and the team for making our day memorable.

  • Emily and Spencer - 8th September 2018

    We got married at The Compasses at Pattiswick in September 2018. The venue was the only place we looked at and I just knew it was right for us.

    It had an individuality and was just what we wanted - a perfect setting for all our hand crafted additions. The staff were amazing and Paul and Claire were brilliant, ensuring our day was a day to remember.

  • Sophie - 5th of May 2018

    Thank you to the amazing team at The Compasses for throwing us an awesome wedding reception! Unlike other venues, they let us completely tailor our day to our tastes and were very receptive to creative ideas.

    Our reception was very bespoke which they had no problem with, which set them far above other venues. They created a very select menu and worked with us until we were happy with all the choices. They took care of everything which made our day stress free which is a huge bonus!

    We had such a lovely day and had many comments from our guests about what a lovely venue we had chosen. The surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful so if you get a nice weather day you're bound to get some amazing photos too!

  • Rachel and Jake - 14th April 2018

    Well what a find, we searched high and low for the perfect wedding venue and none even came close to this beautiful venue. Rustic and elegant, this gorgeous venue caters for your dream wedding with the most stunning of backdrops. All the staff, from Claire ensuring your wedding admin is on point, Paul who makes sure the day runs without a hitch, to all the waiting and catering staff ensuring your guests remain well fed and watered throughout the day.

    All an absolute pleasure to work with and making you feel so so special. They have thought of everything and completely take over to ensure your focus is on nothing but having the best day of your life! Delicious food with such a variety of options, hog roast to pizza slices all delivered to such a high standard, there’s plenty to keep the party going!

    The bridal prep room was the perfect place to give those finishing touches and share a glass of bubbles.

  • Nicola and Jamie – 23rd June 2018

    After having our Wedding at The Compasses at Pattiswick, we can not recommend the venue highly enough. In fact, we only viewed two venues and our search stopped as soon as we visited the venue.
    If you are looking for a relaxed day with a unique spin, then look no further than The Compasses. From the minute we met Paul, we knew that we would be in extremely safe hands. Paul has the unique ability to know exactly what is needed and when, and has a wealth of experience to guide the planning of your big day. He makes a great team with Claire, who was always at the end of an email to answer all of our questions in the lead up.
    The venue itself has enough space for guests to find a quiet area to chat, while also creating enough atmosphere when they spread out.
    We managed to get some amazing photos both by the white gates at the entrance and in the surrounding fields and country lanes. And there was plenty of space for our guests to park in the car park.
    The bridal suite was an added bonus where we were able to store our things and gather the bridesmaids before the ceremony itself.
    When you combine the fantastic venue with the amazing team, it would be impossible not to have the wedding of your dreams at The Compasses at Pattiswick.

  • Cassie & Harry - July 2018

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at The Compasses at Pattiswick for their help in the lead up to our wedding. It was such a pleasure to work with you all and it always felt like nothing was too much trouble. It made the build up to our wedding stress free! Harry and I had a truly wonderful day, everything went perfectly and I know that was down to all of the hard work by The Compasses team. We cannot thank you enough.

  • Fiona & Craig Marshall - April 2018

    We had the most wonderful wedding with memories we will treasure forever, made all the more possible by your impeccable service from start to finish. Paul was an absolute diamond, ensuring our needs were always met and making sure the day ran smoothly. And Claire, for the countless emails, great response times and keeping everything totally organised - thank you!

    And thanks also to the rest of the team who are just as important, even if we didn't always deal with them directly. Oh and by the way, the food was simply WOW!!! We wish The Compasses all the very best and hope you continue to thrive!"

  • Rachael & Jake Lurton - April 2018

    The biggest thank you to everyone at The Compasses for ensuring our Wedding went without a hitch. It was honestly just so wonderful, there aren’t enough words I can say. Our guests have commented on how beautiful the venue was and how laid back and relaxed the whole day felt, which was exactly what we wanted. Paul... you were amazing, I hardly saw you all day, yet you took control completely - I didn’t have to worry about a thing.

  • Mandy & Toby Haynes - April 2018

    We had our wedding at The Compasses and we couldn't have wished for a better day. From the moment we viewed the venue, we knew we wanted to get married there and didn’t even go and see any other venues as we knew no where else would be able to compare. We met with Paul and said that we wanted quite an informal wedding with a relaxed BBQ for the wedding breakfast. Paul was able to offer lots of suggestions that we wouldn't have thought of and we knew it was going to be the perfect day.

    Claire was great over email – answering our many questions and finalising all of the details. The wedding itself was perfect. Paul led us through the day, made sure we had everything we needed, put lunch aside for us and so on. The food was amazing, everyone complimented it! All of the staff were discreet but helpful – we loved it that one of the guys clearing glasses danced across the dance floor to tidy up, he was clearly having a good time too! The Compasses couldn’t be a more beautiful venue and was everything we could have hoped for and more. We want to thank the whole team for making our wedding so memorable – we only hope we know someone who gets married there so we can return!

  • Chloe and Ross McIntyre - August 2017

    Ross and I were lucky enough to have our wedding here on Saturday 12th August. It was such a beautiful day and we couldn't have asked for more. We fell in love with the venue the first time we visited, Jane was so lovely and we were completely sold. It is a relaxed and warm place but extremely professional. Claire and Paul ensured everything was perfect and well organised leading up to the day. On the day Paul was amazing. He ensured everything ran smoothly, calming our nerves and made sure we had the best day (which we very much did).

    Thanks again for your help in this matter and if you need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  • Nina - April 2017

    We got married at The Compasses at Pattiswick and couldn't have asked for a better day! The staff were fantastic and made sure everything went smoothly. Our guests commented on how beautiful the venue is and several people also said it was the best wedding they had been to!!!! I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone thinking of getting married here. A special thanks to Claire and Paul for all their hard work organising and planning the day.

  • Amy and Nick Evans - July 2017

    From the moment we pulled up to The Compasses we immediately fell in love. The beautiful surroundings and character building was just what we wanted. When we stepped inside, all our dreams came true. The hard wood floors, shabby chic country decor and ample airy space created the laid back but beautiful vision of our wedding we always wanted. And that was before meeting the team! Upon meeting Paul we were sold. A charismatic & knowledgable gentleman who could not do enough to see that we were both happy. And someone who clearly loves his job - and it shows! From the off he was extremely professional, friendly & as excited about our day as we were. The day went perfectly. We couldn't have asked for more. All our decor was set up expertly, the crew were well informed, polite and courteous, and the day ran without a single hitch. The food was incredible! The chef was constantly on hand to ensure enough was prepared and all was to everyone's liking. We have had nothing but amazing compliments regarding the venue, staff and the amazing food. We honestly couldn't be happier. Thank you from the bottom of our newlywed hearts.

  • Petriona & Matt – September 2016

    We would highly recommend The Compasses to any engaged couple as they provided us with such a bespoke service and we felt at home there. Thank you for all of your hard work- it may our day one to remember!

  • Hannah & Dan Clark – May 2017

    We had the most incredible day at The Compasses for our wedding at the end of May, I can’t praise highly enough the staff, venue and location. We were very lucky with the weather and had a beautiful sunny afternoon and evening.

    Paul, Jane and Claire could not have been more helpful, they did everything they could and more for us. Nothing was too much and they were always eager with suggestions. All our guests complimented us on how beautiful the venue was. I’m so glad we found it and I would recommend it to anyone for a perfect special occasion!

  • Natalie & Steve – July 2017

    From the moment we stepped into The Compasses to view as a potential wedding venue, we instantly fell in love with the location, venue and extremely professional but relaxed and warm, staff. Paul and his team made the planning, food tasting and formalities totally seamless.

    From start to finish the wedding was better than we could have imagined and was a day to truly remember. The attention to detail by the staff was faultless and this was reflected by compliments from all of our guests. Thank you to all at The Compasses for capturing the essence and atmosphere of what my wife and I dreamed of for our special day.

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