What is a Tite?
A Tite (sometimes spelt Tyte) is an old Oxfordshire term applied to artificial hollow or trough where people collected spring water in days gone by. These were used for centuries before mains water was installed, and there were several Tites to be found around this part of Oxfordshire, in Chadlington, Hook Norton, Great Rollright, Shutford and Sandford St Martin.
As well as The Tite Inn in Chadlington, Tite Lane in Hook Norton and Tyte Brook House in Sandford St Martin are named after this feature.
Unfortunately most of the “tites” have been sealed up, diverted or converted to stand-pipes, but our “Tite” still exists. Ours is a lead trough built into the Cotswold stone wall, into which flows a spring, and this was used by locals for their main supply of drinking water until about 1905. It is now only used for refreshment by passing dogs and horses!
This important feature is depicted on our Logo and main pub signage.
About Ann & David
Having spent the best part of 5 years looking at prospective businesses, and after the purchase of a freehold pub in Worcestershire fell through, Ann & David finally settled on the Tite Inn in Chadlington. This Pub had been closed for well over a year and was in a pretty sorry state of repair.
On a bitterly cold snowy day in January 2012, Ann & David moved out of their home in Bourton on the Water, hauled their caravan up to the rear of the Tite Inn, and then spent the following 6 months “camping” whilst the pub was totally renovated.
Ann had previously spent 18 years as proprietor of a highly successful newsagents and gift shop in Bourton on the Water, following 6 years running and renovating Kingham Stores. David had decided after spending 36 years as a kitchen designer, latterly in Evesham, that was time for a change.
Having had no previous experience in the pub and restaurant industry, Ann & David opened the doors in early June 2012. Since then, they have seen the pub grow, particularly the restaurant side of the business, and seen the Tite once again take its place as the hub of the village.
We want our pub to be the village pub, to serve locals and visitors alike, where everyone is welcome: children, dogs, muddy booted walkers, builders, Lords, Ladies and Prime Ministers; they are all made welcome! We also want our pub to to one that serves good food, but at the same time one that intentionally does not try to compete against the many finer dining restaurants in the area. Our aim is to offer good quality home-cooked food at reasonable prices – somewhere to eat anytime, any day of the week, not just on that special occasion.
The Garden & Children’s Play Area
The second phase of the renovation work carried out in the winter of 2013, was to considerably expand the original patio area. Ann & David have created several lovely terraced eating areas, surrounded by decorative walling, shrubs and planted beds. On a nice day, these sun filled gardens are an idyllic venue for al-fresco dining or a relaxing pint. 2015 saw the introduction of a children’s play area. This has proved very popular with families, as it allows children to let of steam whilst their parents to enjoy a drink or bite to eat in (relative) peace.