The Maytime Inn

4.3
269 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
Independently owned, the Maytime Inn is located in the heart of the beautiful, peaceful and historic Cotswold village of Asthall. Ideally positioned for exploring the Cotswolds, next to the River Windrush and a short drive to Oxford and London. The Maytime Inn is the perfect place to unwind in one of our luxurious boutique rooms.

Whether you are looking for a quick drink, snack or three course meal we can accommodate your needs. Our food is freshly made by our award winning Head Chef using seasonal local produce. In winter you can eat by the wood fire in our rustic restaurant and in summer take advantage of our award winning garden and eat outside on the comfortable wooden furniture enjoying the views with one of our 140+ gins served from our outdoor bar.
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HT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

I’d recommend thanks to the garden but this was my fifth visit and it was poor.

HC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food ! Lovely interior and a fab garden for outside dining !

LC
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful setting, great food, good service. Will come back again and again!!

SR
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often eat here and are never disappointed. Dogs welcome too!

SB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good service and food. Excellent wine list too.

CS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in a superb environment, the staff were also so friendly.

TM
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was great..however half the menu had run out by the time we got there at 1:30pm, one of our mains wasn’t cooked properly (fish) and by the time a new main had been sent out, The rest of the table had finished. Service was ok, apologetic but a little slow. I had been recommended this pub by a friend who said it was great, so maybe a bad day...having said that, I wouldn’t go back.

DL
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We have eaten here before and have always been very pleased, however on this occasion we had booked through open table, thinking that having booked we would be directed to the restaurant. When we arrived we were told that the only table available was in the bar area, when asked if we could dine in the restaurant, we were told there was nothing available! However a couple who had not booked were shown into the restaurant, during our meal which I must add was lovely a number of tables remained empty in the restaurant which I found disappointing hence only giving this visit 3 stars.

CW
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been twice now to the May time and would certainly go again. It was lovely sitting outside and being able to appreciate the lovely countryside

LR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been to The Maytime Inn a number of times and every one has been a delight. The ambiance, food and people are all great. Will be returning soon

LC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable Sunday lunch with friends. The food and service were excellent

OT
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Sunday Lunch, roast was really nice ... Recommended

GD
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch. Roast beef was absolutely outstanding! And the treacle tart ice cream...amazing

DE
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Maytime is a lovely Pub - just what you would expect from a Cotswold pub in a picture perfect village. The staff are friendly rather than stuffy and help to create a laid back vibe. The surroundings are ‘country life’ with a slightly rustic feel. Feed is good with a menu that suits a variety of tastes. The Maytime garden is a joy in fine weather. Beautiful views and lovely plants. The care of the garden makes it a charming place to be. It a favourite place for me to take guests or indeed hold small work meetings. As a result have been 3 tines in the lay month. Just one point to watch for. On sunny days kitchen can get a bit overwhelmed. Boom ahead to ensure care and attention.

PT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Could have had a few more beers on tap.
Lovely pub and location was great with beautiful countryside.
Sandwiches were of a high standard.
Staff friendly.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great elevated pub menu with a great eye for details.
A selection of gins 140 strong plus over a dozen types of tonic water. Does this make the maytime inn the most British place on earth?

PC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where else could you dine al fresco with views immediately over the open Cotswold meadows, with excellent food and some very fine wine. This is a lovely place, and you are looked after by friendly but professional staff. A delight.

LC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first visit to The Maytime Inn but hopefully not our last.
The food was good and the service excellent. The one negative was that one of our party did not enjoy his meal but I cannot honestly say that the choice of meal was right for him so I would not to like to judge the food by his choice.
My husband and I are looking forward to visiting again.

AT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

We have been to the Maytime before and we love the ambiance and effort that staff put into the experience, not to mention the gin selection that they have. However, we were disappointed when two of our party’s dishes came out very cold and needed to be sent back. Gratefully, the server returned it and came back with a hot dish (reheated) but by that time, everyone else was close to finishing eating.

We were then disappointed that no compensation was offered, not even a mention of having one of our drinks on the house. We paid our bill and did mention it to the server, if only to point it out so future patrons experiencing this might be better compensated.

EC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had lunch a week ago Friday which was lovely, I then bought a friend Wednesday night. We sat in the garden and waited 40mins for the waitress to come and get our drinks and food order. Table booked at 7.30 but food didn't come till 9, food was very nice. We both had Eton mess which was fruit and cream and literally tiny meringue crumbs, tasty but poor for the cost. I know your waitresses ella and lily and would only come back when they are serving, I think ella kindly gave feedback and we have been offered free drinks on next visit, which is appreciated. It's a beautiful pub, lovely menu and the lunch I had the week before was really lovely but it shows to me how important the service is and it really was poor on Wednesday. Certainly if I didn't know ella I am not sure I would come back. Thanks Emma

SB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service beautiful setting
We sat outside

AY
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our first Sunday lunch last weekend. All of our group enjoyed the 2 and 3 courses from the Sunday lunch menu. We were particularly lucky though as the restaurant was much quieter than is apparently normal for a Sunday so service was very quick and it was nice and quiet. We would be happy to return.

JA
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived at the Maytime on a beautiful summers evening. Picturesque pub in a lovely village. The pub has a spacious interior and very large and gorgeous beer garden.

If you like gin there are over 100 gins to choose from togther with a good range of tonics. We ate at the Maytime and really enjoyed the food with a menu which is more interesting than most. We went on a Saturday evening and it didn't seem to be over busy so we had a very relaxed time. Probably more people in the garden than the pub due to the good weather. Would definitely recommend. They also have accomodation so would be a great place for a weekend stay in the Cotswolds.

EB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Everyone ate what they chose with relish but it was a little disappointing that neither the waiter nor the chef could specify where the meat had come from (before arriving at the local butcher's). For those not wishing to eat either meat or fish without greater certainty as to their provenance, there were two vegan options which is better than many places. Service was friendly but a little haphazard. We enjoyed our meal.

A
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice inn with a lovely garden and outdoor eating area. Rain prevented us from eating outside.
The food was pretty good except for the ham and eggs. The ham was tough and the eggs were overdone.
But generally it was a good experience.

PC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We eat out every Sunday, so are pretty critical.
This is a lovely village and on arrival we were pleasantly surprised.
Unfortunately, we were then left standing at the bar waiting to be acknowledged. Not even a cusary welcome. This seemed to include the management team.
Eventually we were shown to a table, which was fine. Then a long wait for a drink. In the end we placed the drinks order and food order at the same time.
Only one Prawn started available, but that was lucky as it was poor. Served with stale/dry thick white bread not Melba Toast as advertised. The Pork meatballs were fine.
The main course rescued the day. The beef was excellent, as were the roast potatoes. a limited portion of vegetables was however a bit disappointing.
Service had picked up at this stage. Fish pie was good too, though no sign of the advertised Scallops.
Chocolate tart for pudding was great.
This could have been great and would have become a regular destination, but something isn't quite right.

K
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, will definitely be back 👌 food was lovely, great staff, lovely restaurant and garden, perfect for the summer evenings and cosy in the Winter months in the bar/restaurant.

BK
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Fantastic food and beautiful location. Service was slow but friendly staff

MW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely location and gardens. Food was excellent and staff friendly and attentive.

SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had brought out children along and although the food was really nice I would love to see a children’s menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generally very good. It was Father’s Day so it was busy when we arrived but we were at our table in no time and the staff were cheerful and couldn’t do enough to help - nothing was a problem and all done in good humour and with a smile. Excellent. A new favourite.

HS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have now made many visits to the Maytime - first attracted by their friendly attitude towards dogs and then discovered their excellent food, service and lovely setting. It’s beautiful for eating out on a warm day but equally pleasant inside when cold or wet! The menu offers something for everyone without being too big - always good fish and game included plus very tasty homemade pies. - thank you for the warm welcome including my little dog!

PR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Feeling a little underwhelmed by the duck starter, I was blown away by the roast beef main which was probably the best beef I have ever tasted. Overall great Sunday lunch with impressive gin and tonic offerings to wash it all down with.

N
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Maytime Inn is everything I hope for in a pub but seldom find these days--traditional but within a beautiful building and with the best outside garden anywhere. Friendly service, good food and plenty of seating--this pub has it all. Keep up the good work--we had a lovely Sunday lunch.

M
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great Sunday afternoon atmosphere! Sat outside - not a huge range of food for vegetarians as 4 roast meat dinners then only 2 other options. OK value for 3 courses but we were then overcharged and when I questioned it the waitress tried to argue that it was correct but it wasn’t - nearly £10 difference!!! Food was lovely though and choice of gins amazing!

JK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful garden and pub, lovely food and very pleasant staff. Excellent

MG
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Extremely disappointing. Having booked for 4 was very surprised to be shown to a table set for 2 with only 3 chairs. Then had to remind staff that we needed a 4th chair. Service was really slow and food wasn’t anything exceptional considering the price. At no stage during the meal did any staff check to see if everything was ok and no apology was received for the length of wait.

GD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to The Maytime Inn and we had a great time. Our overnight stay was very relaxing with a lovely breakfast the next morning. The meal we had in the evening was excellent, probably among the best we have ever had in an Inn/Pub. Would highly recommend.

SB
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Great beer garden & gin bar. Very pretty pub & smiley helpful staff, but... the lunchtime sandwiches were average & made with cheap sliced bread. It was also understaffed, we had to go to the till to ask for water, cutlery, condiments & the bill. Next time we go, we’ll sit nearer to the bar & will order the fish & chips!

SC
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely Inn in a quiet village in the Cotswolds. Very friendly staff, nice ambience serving good food.

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