WHAT IS A TITE?
A Tite (sometimes spelled 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.
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 be one that serves good food, but we intentionally do not not try to compete with the many fine 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 which 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.
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. The 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 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 it 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 the Tite has once again taken its rightful place as the hub of the village.