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The Royal Oak Inn

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner

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A 200 year old historic inn nestled in the heart of the wonderful Hampshire village of East Lavant, The Royal Oak restaurant, pub and rooms is renowned for its high quality food. Close to Goodwood Park and Chichester, The Royal Oak is very popular with those seeking a real taste of the British countryside in chic surroundings. Attractively appointed in keeping with the original old building but contemporary at the same time, The Royal Oak is comfortable and buzzy with warm service and an upbeat atmosphere. Offering English and modern European classics with a twist, The Royal Oak���s menu includes both main meals and light bar snacks, all made using local, seasonal ingredients.
US$10 - US$32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks
British, Contemporary, Gastropub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having read good reviews was anticipating some nice food. It was OK just not as good as we expected. Nice location, lovely fire, good beer. Food was a bit over priced and average. I had shallot tarte tatin and goats cheese to start - v....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Trencherman1000
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Our meal on a Sunday was a mixture of relaxation and hearty food. No pressure to “process” us which often happens now. So we could both enjoy the atmosphere as well as the food. Would go again.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rgrumeti
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

stayed here overnight whilst in the area ,had a great room out the back of the inn with a huge comfortable bed & large shower ,the staff were excellent ,we had a few drinks by the open fire then a great dinner followed the next...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tripmonkey00
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Went for a date night dinner and have to say it was terrible. Service was awful and nobody seemed to care about the customer and didn’t know their own menu. Food was poor. Had steak and chips, steak was over seasoned and the chips weren’t...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank danielg007
Reviewed 19 October 2018

This a lovely pub.Good ales ,interesting wines and friendly staff. Its a shame therefore that the output from the kitchen is so variable. It is now part of Cirrus Inns a small pub chain and standards have slipped since it changed hands.Pricing is toppy for...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank secondrow
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Two of us had dinner here on 4/10. It was simple and absolutely superb. Great service too. We went there because the Goodwood Hotel had given our table away!! Their loss and we’ll be back to the Royal Oak. David

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jacaran
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Lovely place, but quite expensive for food.Very knowledgeable staff. Good selection of wine. Lovely isolated location for a quite drink.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JamieWetherall
Reviewed 3 September 2018

We went for a celebration dinner. We experienced poor service, long delays in drinks being brought to the table, food was not seasoned well and portions could have been slightly bigger.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank karienpietersen
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

As usual, excellent food at a good price and total table service. I had Haddock and Chips, batter just perfect, not to crispy not to thick with more fish than batter and the chips cooked to perfection. We had 2 shared dishes to start, again...More

Thank JonesHD
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Had fish and chips. Fish was small in portion and very small portion of chips in a dish. could have been more generous portions to be honest.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank 1westsussexgirl
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John M
28 March 2017|
Response from Anna Maria J | Reviewed this property |
Erm...you may wish to contact the Inn itself to ask this. I am purely a previous customer who has left a review. Sorry I cannot help you but I hope you enjoy your stay! Best wishes :)
hanson v
6 February 2016|
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Response from Gina C | Reviewed this property |
A couple at the next table to us had their dog with them so I assume you can.
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