Roger Williams at the Maytime Inn, Asthall, Burford presents this week's festive recipe

Oxford Mail:

It wouldn't be right to talk about The Maytime Inn and not mention Alfie the dog, who is regularly found in the bar performing his party tricks, although never overstays his welcome!

Dominic Wood, bought The Maytime Inn in 2012 and spent the last three years turning it around. It is now an excellent place to visit for a delicious lunch, dinner or some classic ‘pub grub’ and specialising in gin (they currently have 40 in their collection).

K9 Mince pies made by head chef Roger Williams for dogs, to be accompanied by a pint for dog owners at the Maytime Inn.

For the pastry:
225g plain flour
115g unsalted butter
4 tbsp cold water
pinch of salt
For the filling
2 partridge breasts diced
2 carrots diced
50ml chicken stock

Mix the filling ingredients together.

Rub the fat into the flour until you get a crumbly mixture, then gradually add the water and mix with a knife.

Knead and roll out the pastry.

Use a cake cutter to make 12 pie bases and 12 lids. 

Grease cupcake tins and place the pie bases within.

Place a small blob of partridge mix in each pie. Place the lids on, seal the edges, make a small hole on top.

Brush with milk to brown them.

Cook for 20-25mins at 180C or gas mark 4.