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The Compasses at Pattiswick

The feel

*The Compasses has won ‘Wedding Venue of The Year 2020’ and ‘Events Team of the Year 2020’ at The Essex Wedding Awards.*

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The Compasses in Pattiswick, is set in the stunning countryside of the Holfield Estate, a unique, breathtaking venue for your very own wedding celebration.

Formerly an award winning family run gastro pub, it provides delicious food and exceptional service in a stunning location. Whether you are planning a large wedding with up to 120 guests or a more intimate celebration, The Compasses offers you the chance to create your perfect day.

The Compasses offers a spectacular selection of quality food. Every dish is created using the finest, fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’d love a simple British classic like bangers and mash, or fancy a five-course gourmet tasting menu to complement your big day, we can create a menu to suit you.

Every wedding at the venue is a bespoke celebration, tailored to you. We offer an unrivalled level of service and attention to detail and our dedicated wedding co-ordinator is on hand throughout the day, to ensure your wedding dreams are turned into a reality. Brides can also take advantage of our fabulous Bridal Preparation Suite, where the bridal party can get ready in style. With a four seat hair and makeup bar, full length mirrors and a comfy seating area, it’s the perfect place to relax and prepare before the ceremony. We always strive to provide everything you need, from teepees in the garden, to a cosy celebration by a roaring log fire; we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Your day at The Compasses will be an exclusive event. You and your guests can enjoy full, private use of the venue for a wonderful, intimate occasion.

Available to brides from 10am on the day of the Wedding, our Bridal Preparation Suite includes a hair & makeup bar for four and a cosy seating area where the bridal party can relax and prepare for the day ahead. There are even sumptuous food and beverage packages available to pre-order for brides who are looking to start their celebrations in style!

The venue is conveniently located for travelling guests, set just off the A120 between Colchester and Braintree and just 20 minutes from Stansted Airport.

If you’re searching for something a little different with a dedicated, personal approach, The Compasses is the perfect wedding venue.

Can we reserve a date without paying a deposit?

You are welcome to hold a date for up to seven days without paying a deposit. During this time we guarantee not to offer that date to any other couples.

Will we have exclusive use of the venue?

Yes, you will have exclusive use of the venue and garden for the entirety of your wedding day.

We are worried that our day will be split up into separate rooms?

We don’t like to ‘split the party’! The Compasses at Pattiswick offers an open plan layout that enables you to have the dancing in the same area as the wedding breakfast. We keep one of our bars separate and quiet which allows a space for those who might need it such as mothers with infants. Or the older generation wanting to escape the noise!

How can we arrange to view the venue?

Please either ring us on 01376 561322 by using the contact form to the right. We offer personal viewings by appointment seven days a week – subject to weddings and events taking place. We do ask that you do not visit without an appointment as we are unable to conduct viewings if we have a wedding taking place.


Alcohol License
Buffet Meal Facilities
Car Parking
Church Nearby
Civil Licence
DJ Facilities
Dry Hire Availability
Entertainment License
Evening Reception Facilities
Exclusive Use
Onsite Catering
Virtual Tour
120 capacity


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Ali Crowley

31 Dec 2019

We had the most wonderful day with Paul and the Team such fun in a relaxed and beautiful setting. nothing was too much trouble for this amazing team. We so…

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Sarah Burgess (Bride)

28 Dec 2019

Both myself and Joe had the best day of our lives. This could not have happened without all of the team at The Compasses. Paul and his team are exceptional…

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Caroline Finney

21 Dec 2019

Thank you so much to Paul and the team for making our special day just amazing 🥰 it truly was our best day ever that flowed perfectly thanks to Paul…

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Hannah Gibson

7 Dec 2019

Wow, a few days after our wedding and we are still on cloud nine. So much of that is thanks to the team at the Compasses. From start to finish,…

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Nicola Rogers

17 Nov 2019

Nicola Rogers Everything about this venue is just amazing, the venue it’s self, the location and most of all the staff. You all did an amazing job at making our…

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Kim Cordell

9 Nov 2019

We had our wedding reception at The Compasses on Saturday after getting married at the church in Coggeshall and could not have asked for a better venue or team to…

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Rosie Pacey

2 Nov 2019

Just wow!! James and I got married at the compasses yesterday. We knew it was the venue for us as soon as we walked through the door!! Paul, Claire and…

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Matt Green

26 Oct 2019

Sooooooo where do we start……. Me and my now wife got married at this venue on Saturday 26/10/19. From the second we saw this venue and the team we knew…

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Charlotte Sheils

19 Oct 2019

We had the best day getting married at the Compasses on Saturday. From the minute we viewed the venue, we knew that it was the one and could not wait…

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Ines Foss

14 Sep 2019

I can’t thank the compasses enough for giving us our dream wedding! The compasses was our first viewing of venues, we went to see somewhere else and straight away we…

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Petrina Fawkes

31 Aug 2019

We enjoyed our amazing day here in June. This venue is beautiful and provides the backdrop for the most amazing photos. The team behind the scenes, claire particularly, are always…

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Carole Carey

24 Aug 2019

Where do we start…everything about this place is special, the building, the facilities, the location, the atmosphere and most of all the staff. From the moment we first visited it…

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Shae Berry

22 Aug 2019

Wow where to even start, thanks so very very much to Paul and everyone involved with only 10 weeks to plan our special day! The venue is stunning and picturesque…

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Justin & Hayley Hainsworth

5 Aug 2019

Justin and I were married at The Compasses on the 05/08/2019. We can not truly express in words just how wonderful and beautifully rustic and rural this location is. Surrounded…

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Irene Mott-Cooper

6 Jul 2019

You need to look no further, this wonderful venue is all you need, my daughters wedding was absolutely the best day ever, Valentine catering absolutely amazing and Paul made sure…

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Kane Morant

22 Jun 2019

The staff at the compasses are fantastic, we needed all the help we could get organising our wedding from Australia, and they made the whole thing effortless. On the day…

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Fiona Morrell

15 Jun 2019

We enjoyed our amazing day here in June. This venue is beautiful and provides the backdrop for the most amazing photos. The team behind the scenes, claire particularly, are always…

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Do you accommodate same sex ceremonies?
Are we allowed to hold non traditional celebrations such as a Humanist ceremony?
Yes. We have no restrictions on the style of your ceremony.
How far in advance can we book?
You can usually book the registrars up to two years in advance, and you can book The Compasses at Pattiswick up to three years in advance!
How much is the booking deposit?
The initial booking deposit is £500 and this confirms your date.


The Compasses at Pattiswick
Compasses Road
CM77 8BG

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The Compasses at Pattiswick

The Compasses at Pattiswick