Asthall, Burford, OX18 4HW | (01993) 822068
Nestled in a stunning rural setting near Burford, The Maytime Inn is a Cotswold country pub offering classic British dining and comfortable accommodation in the small Oxfordshire village of Asthall.
The independent pub is run by Dominic Wood who, along with his loveable dog Alfie, welcomes locals and visitors alike to enjoy a relaxed drinking and dining experience in the beautifully restored 17th century coaching inn.
The restaurant’s award-winning chef uses the finest local produce to offer a range of pub favourites, while the à la carte menu features a selection of seasonal starters, mains and desserts.
The pub also serves a regularly changing Sunday lunch menu, with the choice of roasts spanning chicken, pork and Cotswold beef loin, which are always accompanied with all the trimmings.
Beer lovers are spoilt for choice, with a range of excellently conditioned local ales and ciders to sample, while the bar also has a fine selection of wines and over 140 different types of gin, including many local brands.
The Maytime’s six elegant en-suite rooms are brimming with rustic charm and make a fine base for exploring the surrounding towns, villages, countryside and attractions that the Cotswolds has to offer.
During the summer months, the pub’s peaceful garden makes a delightful spot for enjoying alfresco gatherings with friends and family, with the unspoilt views and tranquil setting adding to its appeal.
A quintessential Cotswold inn nestled within a beautiful countryside setting, The Maytime Inn offers delicious British dining, cosy accommodation, and a characterful pub complete with over 100 types of gin.
Promising a relaxed drinking and dining experience within a lovely setting, The Maytime Inn boasts stylish interiors, six elegant en-suite rooms, a classic British menu, and a pub with an impressive drinks menu.
Friday 27 October 2017
A midweek break in the Cotswolds is the perfect way to enjoy some R&R, with The Maytime Inn near Burford providing a charming setting for an overnight stay, as SoGlos discovered.
The Maytime Inn is a charming country pub located in the picture-perfect village of Astall, near Burford. The independently run inn makes a delightful base for exploring the Cotswolds, while its food and selection of ales and gins are second to none.
Nestled in the quaint Cotswold village of Astall, The Maytime Inn is just brimming with quintessential country charm. Located near Buford, the welcoming pub is the perfect pit stop for walkers, day trippers and overnight guests visiting the Cotswolds.
The Maytime, which is run by Dominic Wood, has a laidback home-from-home feel, with wooden beams and country décor adding to the ambience of the dog-friendly pub – although sadly we didn’t get to meet the resident pooch Alfie during our stay.
We had the pleasure of visiting on a crisp October evening and the pub’s setting, complete with roaring wood-burning stoves, was the perfect antidote to the autumn chills.
Dining is at the heart of The Maytime Inn, whose ethos is to use the abundance of local and seasonal produce that’s on its doorstep to create dishes that encompass polished takes on pub favourites and hearty British classics.
While weren’t hungry enough for starters, we had some warm bread, slathered with heavenly salted butter, while we waited for our main courses to arrive. I opted for the pan-fried duck with roasted root vegetables, cavolo nero and red wine jus – a delicious combination of flavours, especially the sauce, which was mopped up with the remaining bread!
In addition to its main menu, The Maytime offers a choice of daily specials, including pie of the day, which my husband sampled. The warming mash-topped haddock fish pie, served with seasonal vegetables, was just right for tucking into on a cosy autumnal evening.
We couldn’t resist indulging in some of the tempting desserts, with my husband choosing his favourite gooey chocolate pudding, which was served with a scoop of homemade ice-cream.
I went for the trio of apples; three mini desserts that included the most incredible green apple sorbet, panna cotta topped with a gingerbread crumb, and an apple tarte tatin. I’m still thinking about the pudding days after our meal – always a good sign that it went down well!
Feeling full and ready to retire, we headed to bed in one of pub’s six en-suite rooms. The cosy rooms feature welcoming king-size beds, and elegant country-style interiors, while the bathrooms are stocked with lovely-smelling Cowshed toiletries.
Extra in-room touches included buttery homemade chocolate shortbread biscuits, while the fresh milk ensured that we started our day with a proper cup of tea!
Refreshed and revived after a peaceful night’s sleep, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of eggs Royale, and poached eggs, with avocado and bacon, along with a couple of pastries for good measure!
The Maytime Inn is a charming place to visit whatever the season, with the cosy fires creating a snug-like feel in the winter, while the impressive pub garden is just perfect for summer socialising.
The pub is also known for its gin and has 100 varieties to choose from! So, it definitely pays to book a room and spend a leisurely evening sampling some of the varied and interesting gins on offer.
By Anna Marshall
Thursday 02 November 2017
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