The Maytime Inn
“Discover a pleasing combination of traditional ambience and eclectic food” - AA Inspector
Dominic and Lisa Wood (with help from Alfie the dog) head up the passionate young team in this 17th-century country pub it in the pretty Cotswold village of Asthall, where the Mitford sisters were raised. There’s a large selection of over 150 gins, well-conditioned cask ales, craft beers and ciders plus around 45 wines by the glass. The ambitious kitchen uses only the finest local ingredients to create seasonal dishes such as starters of Earl Grey and gin cured salmon, or chicken liver parfait. Follow with mains of braised shin of beef or wild boar burger with skinny chips. If you’re looking for the ‘pub classics’, there’s also beer battered haddock with hand-cut chips. Either way, you’ll want to leave room for one of the home-made desserts, which tick all the right boxes when it comes to comfort food.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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About The area
Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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