A warm welcome awaits you at The Maypole from Vince and Leon.  They have lived together in Thaxted for over 15 years now.  In fact Leon is Thaxted born and bred, as are most of his large family whom still live in this pretty and historic town. 


Leon and Vince have been married for over 10 years, and together with their two dogs; Chardonnay and Daisy, have taken over the running of this lovely pub in the heart of the community of Thaxted. 


Pop in for a drink and say hello!



Leon has been in the catering trade since he left school in 1995.  He started his career as a kitchen assistant, working his way up to Head Chef, a position he held for 22 years!  He's now in charge of his own kitchen and will be showing off his culinary skills to the patrons of The Maypole. Leon believes in home cooking, locally sourced produce and great value for money.



Vince started his career in science, before working in the NHS where he stayed for over 20 years.  Alongside this he's held numerous bar jobs and run his own entertainment company hosting Disco, Karaoke and Quiz nights. There are two sides to every coin and there certainly is to Vince.  Meet his alter ego Miss Ginny Tonic (and Friends), she fronts the Quiz nights and will be a regular feature at The Maypole. 


The Lockdown Maypole Makeover

When we arrived at The Maypole Thaxted, the UK had just gone into the first lockdown thanks to COVID-19!  We had our vision  to create a fresh, bright, light - yet warm and welcoming place for the community of Thaxted, and beyond to comfortably enjoy a meal and a drink. So we used all 3 lockdowns as our opportunity to make a few changes. Take a look at what we've achieved - we hope you like it...