To all our guests near and far,
We would like to start by taking the opportunity to thank all of you for your amazing support in 2020. Just like everything else this year, it really has been unprecedented. (Yes, we hate that word too but thought we would try and use it in a positive way!). Your continued support has kept us going through the toughest of times and we are hugely grateful.
We have been humbled by the way everyone has banded together in our local community, and within our loyal and hardworking team, to help turn an awful year for The Maytime Inn into something, as a business, we can be proud of.
Looking back to the beginning of the year…
I finally persuaded my wife Lisa to join The Maytime in January. She has been incredible for me and the team, and I know you all love her too!
We were awarded our first AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence in February and have just been informed that we have retained it for another 12 months, which is fantastic news, and a credit to our incredible Head Chef Roger Williams and our kitchen team.
We used the first lockdown between March-July to get on top of the never-ending ‘To Do List’ and get The Maytime looking and working fantastically. Not that Lisa particularly enjoyed emptying the loft, resurfacing the car park by hand, or wrestling with the ivy!
During this year we have found new ways to work together as a team, explored new areas of the business, implemented new ideas, challenged, and tested ourselves (with incredible results), gained fantastic relationships with new local suppliers, local business owners and fellow publicans, and of course new guests and friends!
We loved seeing so many of you, both old and new, for the take-away that we launched in May and were amazed by the level of support you all showed us – from our full reopening in July all the way through to November when we were frustratingly forced to close our doors once again.
Sadly, this brings us to the main reason for our announcement today…
As an industry we continue to be offered very little support and have been constantly demonised by the government during this pandemic even though we are responsible for a tiny fraction of transmissions – somewhere in the region of 3%.
Since July we have spaced our tables reducing our capacity by 40%, changed our whole operational set up to allow us to serve you safely, invested in a multitude of cleaning chemicals, revised our booking guidelines and systems multiple times, and re-developed our approach to fit in with a frenetic and ever-changing list of rules; some sensible and some outright ridiculous.
Boris Johnson – honestly, the guy can’t do right for doing wrong, but he does seem to get it more wrong than right these days, especially with the hospitality sector!
We have also received a lacklustre, and frankly wet approach, from our local conservative MP Robert Courts [@RobertCourts] who seems more interested in blindly following the central government than listening to and acting for his local constituents.
We reopened at the beginning of December and knew things were going to be different in Tier 2 but to be frank they are terrible – we are 60% down on our weekly sales for this time of year. The signs are all pointing towards a long and turbulent winter as we head into 2021 with threats of further lockdowns and the added complications Brexit brings.
Therefore, it is after much deliberation that we have decided to temporarily close The Maytime Inn and reopen on the 1st March 2021. This is not a decision we have taken lightly but it is one we are taking now to allow us to ensure our team is kept together and is well looked after, and to allow us to progress our exciting plans for 2021, which we are sure you will love!
Last, but by no means least, we would like to thank our incredible team for all their hard work this year, for all the patience they have shown, and for their loyalty. One of the reasons we have made the decision to close is so we can protect these talented individuals’ jobs and they will all be back to welcome you on 1st March 2021 fresh from a good rest and raring to take on 2021!
Although our front doors will be closed during January and February 2021, The Maytime Inn will live on through our social media pages on both Instagram and Facebook, and our website, therefore please follow us to hear our news, receive the latest updates – including our reopening plans for March – and to stay in touch! Online dining and bedroom reservations are also open from 1st March 2021 onwards should you want to get ahead and book your visit now for Spring, Summer, or even next Christmas!
Wishing you and your families good health and a happy 2021! We will see you all again very soon!
Dom, Lisa & The Team at The Maytime Inn
Since the 17th Century, The Maytime Inn has welcomed guests with hospitality and comfort, a tradition, which continues today as our guests enjoy our intimate setting in the Cotswolds.
The Maytime Inn seamlessly blends historic elegance with luxurious amenities. Boasting six individually decorated bedrooms, The Maytime is the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent break in one of England’s most beautiful locations.
Our restaurant is popular with both guests and locals. Diners of all ages can enjoy our seasonally changing menu, which offers everything from a la carte dishes to pub classics and lunchtime sandwiches. Our food is sourced locally and made fresh in house by our award-winning chefs.
We offer over 100 different gins, fine wines by the glass, real ale, craft beers on draught and in bottles as well as locally sourced soft drinks.
Our award-winning garden features an outdoor gin bar, boules pitch and stunning views over the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy al fresco dining, live music, conversation and good company.
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