The Maytime Inn is a fantastic free house that’s focused on serving fresh, quality food and introducing a wide selection of quality, quirky drinks to the wider public. Visit for a meal of ever-popular dishes like the homemade Scotch egg starter made with black pudding and pork and served with homemade brown sauce, followed by a main course of braised shin of beef (sourced from W.J. Castle Butchers down the road in Burford) with mashed potatoes and a thick jus, and then a cheeseboard of local cheeses alongside chutney and jam. You’ll soon become a fan of the superb food that head chef Roger Williams and his team are cooking up. What really sets The Maytime apart is the huge selection of tipples. The wine list features many varieties available by the glass, there are craft beers available on draught and in bottles, and there’s also a constantly changing range of real ales. Another highlight is the gin menu, which is an exhaustive and ever-growing tome that even includes suggestions on the best accompaniment for each gin in the collection. You won’t find this kind of choice anywhere else in the local area. Other strings to The Maytime’s bow include the six luxurious bedrooms, which were awarded four stars by the AA, and the gorgeous beer garden that was named the third best in the country by SME. With far-reaching views over the valley beyond, and superb food and drink, it’s no wonder The Maytime Inn was recently voted the second best traditional pub at the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards.