A small bar and restaurant fill the space with split level seating areas and open fire places. At the back there is a pretty garden (and outside bar for the summer months) and in a modern extension, 6 boutique rooms all decorated in a country chic style. We stayed in the Farriers room and loved the soft green walls and wooden units. Personal touches such as fresh milk in little kilner jugs and home made cookies plus cowshed smells all added a special touch. The bathroom was super stylish too, with a big walk in shower (although sadly not as powerful as I’d hoped).
After a couple of glasses of wine in the bar area, we headed across to the informal dining area for dinner. The menu is well balanced but with a classic British feel. The owner Dom explained to us that a lot of the hotels and restaurants around that area are fighting against each other for rosettes and other accolades for their food and actually, as a result there are lots of options for fine dining but not so many for really good homemade pub grub.
To start, we had the pork & black pudding scotch egg & homemade brown sauce and the parma ham, blue cheese & figs on rye with balsamic glaze. The scotch egg passed the test- runny yolk, crispy outer. It was delicious! The other starter was very nice too, and even though it didn’t really demonstrate any skill, as a combination it worked well and the quality of the ingredients used was clearly high.
Once breakfast was done, we spent some time getting to know Alfie, the pub dog and chatting with the owner Dom. Such a lovely guy and a fantastic team, everyone was helpful, chatty but also professional. We then enjoyed a quick five minutes sitting on the giant chair in the gardens before saying farewell to the Maytime Inn. What a lovely find, we really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely like to head back in the summer months. If you want to stay, their rooms start at around £85 a night for bed and breakfast. Dinner was reasonably priced if you’re looking for somewhere in that area for a meal – around £25-£30 a head for three courses and wine.
Before going home, we headed off into the autumnal sunshine for a big walk. We downloaded a 6.5 mile circular walk (see it here) which takes in some of the pretty villages, parts of the National Trust Sherborne estate and the River Windrush, all very near to the Maytime Inn. Unfortunately, despite being a girl guide and a scout in our youth, we were (as it turns out) useless at map reading and got lost several times. We ended up walking 10 miles in the end but eventually found our way home, via afternoon tea in the very pretty Bourton on the Water.
*We were invited to stay at The Maytime Inn and our dinner, bed and breakfast were complimentary. My opinion is my own as always, if I love it, I’ll say so, and vice versa*