The Maypole

Mandy and Nev, Landlady and Landlord of The Maypole

Mandy and Nev, Landlady and Landlord of The Maypole


A “Maypole” Inn is said to have existed on the Island since the 18th century, though the predecessor of the present building (built in 1933) was built in 1803. Rural life revolved around the old “Maypole”. Once a year, members of the Maypole Benefit Club used to parade from their room at the Inn wearing their pagan regalia.

Led by a brass band they would march to the Church for a special service following which they would return to the pub, bringing the parson with them who would then preside over a splendid dinner accompanied by “a cricket match, quoits, dancing, love-making and beer!”


Neville and Mandy became the licensees of the Maypole, Hayling Island, in September 2006, and are still going strong and enjoying pub life…. even all the hard work.

“From the very first day we knew exactly what we wanted to achieve in the pub – a clean, friendly pub with excellent food and Ale, and above all a great community.  We are very pleased with the way things have gone.  However, every day still brings up new challenges and we still continue to strive to be the best pub we can be.”

The Maypole is a family affair with son, Ashley, working as the head chef, and daughter, Danielle, working as the Manageress.

Ashley is a trained chef and passionate about the quality of the Maypole’s menu and works hard to source excellent ingredient’s locally. Danielle enjoys working front of house and meeting all the customers old and new.

All in all there is a work force of ten staff, all of whom have been at the Maypole several years now and all working very hard to ensure customer satisfaction.

Regular customers know that friendly banter is the order of the day and new customers can be assured of a warm and friendly greeting when they first visit.

We don’t have a TV, a duke box or a pool table, but what we try and give our valued customers is a slice of a good old fashioned pub atmosphere with plenty of smiles, laughter and traditional home cooked pub food.

We also make sure that there are plenty of things going on so that there’s always a new excuse for a visit. For a full list of events (regular and special), please visit the events page.