The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

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Hours
Sun
12:00 - 22:00
Mon
16:00 - 22:00
Tue
12:00 - 22:00
Wed
12:00 - 23:00
Thu
12:00 - 23:00
Fri
12:00 - 23:00
Sat
12:00 - 23:00
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CUISINES
Bar, Mediterranean, British, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles74 reviews
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Frank P
London4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
Hospitable staff. Good food. Friendly locals. Visited the pub 3 times over a long weekend. We'll definitely return in the new year.
Written 24 October 2023
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Trail46587960612
Brighton2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 friends
I can't speak highly enough of Max, Shawn and the whole team at The Royal Oak for turning a disaster into a success in 48 hours. Our wedding venue suffered a fire two days before the reception and I was recommended the pub as a place with a function room. After my first chat with Max I was reassured that they could host us and all would be well. The food was delicious, plentiful - catering for a variety of dietary requirements - and excellent value. Same with the drink. I’m pretty sure it was the two of them that organised the sun to come out after ten days of rain as well! Brilliant communication throughout and 100% accommodating of our wishes. I cannot recommend the service of the pub and hospitality enough. Everyone had a fantastic evening and the best compliment I was given was that, ‘if no one had known (about the fire), no one would have known (it wasn’t our first choice venue). Definitely my new favourite pub in Lewes with great beer.. And it shows the cricket!! Thank you all so much for both saving the day and making our day.
Written 9 August 2023
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Brogantweedie
Brighton2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 friends
Went for a Sunday roast and it was amazing! The staff are very friendly and chatty, and the chef is very accommodating he even made my little pooch a roast of his own which he thoroughly enjoyed! Definitely will come back and alfie says thank you very much for his lovely dinner!
Written 21 May 2023
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Iout
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 friends
What a find! Saw on FB a nes team had taken over the kitchens Chef and Butcher so we decided to go for a drink and bite to eat before tge BHA game.. WHAT A RESULT. The food was amazing and and we all rated it 5 * The place was buzzing and we have all decided it is to be a regular before tge games. I took my wife back on Sunday for lunch and it was even more stunning.. Well done to Sean tge Chef and George the butcher! TOP QUALITY and faultless service.. See you soon!....
Written 3 April 2023
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Mark E
Hove9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 friends
We saw on FB it was now launching as a fully foodie pub under a new restaurant set so we all headed out for lunch. WoW...The food was stunning...from the amazing home-made burgers (My choice!) To the truly delicious Chicken Wings (my gf choice) 6 in our group all voted this a massive success and we are heading out for Sunday Lunch next weekend.. Highly recommended and what an addition to the eateries of Lewes.
Written 3 April 2023
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Rosemary630910
Budapest2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 none
We had a table booked for the evening for a girl's Christmas night out - arrived to no table. We were told that they had phoned repetedly, despite there being no record of such calls. We asked to speak to the manager as this meant our evening was ruined but they refused to speak to us. When asked for a drink by way of compensation, that was also refused. The attitude of the staff was ambivalent, with no attempt to apologise or sort the problem out. Would never go there again or recommend the pub to anyone else.
Written 12 December 2022
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ROLewes
Ok. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. A quick flick through our reviews shows this. But there is only so much you can do. So, let's talk about the other side of this shall we? We called you 4 times in the week to confirm your booking. Our records are digital, so can be shown. You also turned up an hour late on one of the busiest nights of the year. We couldn't hold a table that long, nor was it possible to seat you when you did arrive. I was unable to come out and talk to you as I am also the Chef and was knee deep in orders at the time. My Supervisor was perfectly capable of relaying the above message. Particularly as she had tried to call you twice herself. And as for a free drink. I'm sorry, when someone threatens to write a bad review if we don't give them a free drink ... Anyway. I am not one to hold a grudge, so despite your misleading review I do wish you a Merry Christmas
Written 14 December 2022
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Robert3856
Surrey496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 solo
Whenever I stay in the area I always pop over to Lewes and I usually go into the Royal Oak for a quiet pint. I found that the staff were all so friendly and helpful. When I went there in July I had to have a moan about the loud music blaring from the speakers. There managers replied saying that I should have had a word with the bar staff. The reason that I did not was because I was too angry. I really love this pub. I will be going back to the Royal Oak when I am next back in Lewes.
Written 16 October 2022
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RichardRB
Lewes2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 friends
After going to every bar in lewes in the town the Royal Oak was the best lovely bar staff hidden a gem @ Rosie and roxy.
Written 12 October 2022
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ROLewes
Thank you so much!
Written 15 December 2022
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Lilmonsta
Great Wyrley176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 couples
Looking for somewhere for a bit and rest between sights and this is a little beauty! Had auto ch bit and a pint, service was impeccable, atmosphere laid back and decor to die for! Just look out for the lights.
Written 13 September 2022
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MitchUpton
Thank you so much Lilmonsta. That is very kind of you. Glad you liked the lights! Kind regards, Mitch & Team Oak
Written 12 October 2022
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Steven C
London79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 none
My wife and I were in Lewes for a few hours on our way home to London after posh Glynders Bank Holiday Monday We fancied a quick drink (and a wee) but all the pubs we looked into were stinky and blokey (football match was on at Lewes). So we were waking past this pub and thought this looked nice; had a vibe about it even though there was literally no one else in there around 3pm. But we were welcomed by the two lovely very young staff. Two half local lagers please. Coming up, Sir Toilets spotless (even though lock had broken on men's cubicle, but noted to be fixed) It was a pity that we had already eaten because the menu looked most inviting. Some miserable soul on a comment below complained about the music. Probably my age or older. I am 61 and absolutely loved the music that was playing. Had a jazzy groove about it. I didn't want to leave in fact I don't want to be rude about Lewes but apart from the Priory and this lovely pub, I wasn't overly impressed. But I hope to come back to have lunch next year after Glynders but not sure they serve lunch on Mondays
Written 30 August 2022
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ROLewes
Thank you so much Steven. Your kind words are greatly appreciated. We do hope you get to pop in again soon. Kindest regards, Mitch & Team Oak!
Written 7 September 2022
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Donna C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
We had our wedding reception at the Royal Oak and had a fantastic afternoon/ evening. The food was delicious and Mitch and the bar staff were very friendly and accommodating. Everyone had the best time!! Thank you so much Mitch for all your hard work and excellent service! Donna and Colin
Written 2 August 2022
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ROLewes
Thank you so much guys. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you, and your party was a lot of fun! Kind regards, Mitch & Team Oak!
Written 7 August 2022
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markyboy100
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 family
Popped into the oak by chance when looking for a pub for a few drinks, very glad we did, friendly, warm and welcoming. Great evening. Many thanks.
Written 7 November 2021
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ROLewes
Thank you so much MarkyBoy!
Written 5 December 2021
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saffysue40
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
A lovely late lunch. Delicious food, perfectly cooked, well presented. Professional, friendly staff. The pub is contemporary but traditional at the same time. We visited three years ago and remembered it as a charming place.
Written 15 August 2021
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ROLewes
Thank you so much SaffySue! You must have last visited just after we opened. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and thank you for your kind comments. Mitch & Team Oak!
Written 17 August 2021
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Katie S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
Clean, friendly staff, non-sticky tables, lovely food & drink choice - vegan and vegetarian options, nice atmosphere!
Written 7 August 2021
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ROLewes
Hi Katie, Thank you so much for your kind words. I particularly like that you found the staff to be clean & friendly :-) Sorry, couldn't resist that! But seriously, thank you. All the best, Mitch & Team Oak!
Written 8 August 2021
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Julie D
Dover19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 friends
Lovely pub and staff really friendly however we went there for a meal and were disappointed that when they only offer 6 main meals 3 of them were sold out! ! Felt sorry for the young lad that served us as it was his first shift and he looked really embarrassed. We went to order puddings and jokingly checked if they were all available, he said they were. We ordered Eton mess and he came back from the kitchen and said they had all gone! Food we had was lovely but having 3/6 options available is not very good and they hadn’t been busy!
Written 12 July 2021
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ROLewes
Thank you for your feedback Julie. First of all, I would like to focus on the positives! I am very glad that you liked the Pub, found the staff to be friendly and thought the food that you had was lovely.. It's a shame the review didn't end there, but perhaps I can put the rest into some kind of perspective. Our Chef left as we emerged from Lockdown and, like so many other places, we have been unable to replace him. This means that, on top of trying to run my business during extremely difficult times, I am also working double shifts every day in the Kitchen. On my own. Our kitchen is quite small, and storage space is limited. Hence our Menu is of a manageable size and, on any given day, we will only have a certain amount of each dish available. We believe in cooking to order, so microwave meals are not an option for us. This does mean that we will inevitably run out of things on occasion. It is rare that this is more than one or two items, but it is impossible to second guess what people will order. Despite your ascertation that we hadn't been busy, we had actually had a near record lunch and a very busy early evening. I don't recall there being three of the mains unavailable, but I concede that we had run out of three or four items from the menu. Returning to my point about not being able to second guess what customers will order, we had not sold a single Eton Mess all week, but sold four that lunch and a further 2/3 in the evening. The last few strawberries were used in a random run on Pimms; again, something we have not sold for ages! I am very sorry that we were not able to provide you with all the dishes you wanted on this visit, but do hope you will give us another try sometime. Kind regards, Mitch
Written 15 July 2021
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