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Review of The Royal Oak Inn

The Royal Oak Inn
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Price range: US$10 - US$31
Cuisines: British, Contemporary, European, Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“What a shame...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2009

This was once probably the best place to eat in the Chichester area; great food in a lovely pub in a beautiful setting - sadly no longer. We went for Sunday lunch and they appeared to be hardly coping. The (very civil and polite) barman forgot what he was doing half way through doing our drinks and started polishing glasses. We were taken to our table (or should I call it a ledge?). It was one of those extra tables proprietors squeeze in to make short term profits at the expense of not just the poor individuals (us) who have to sit at them but also the other diners who have to navigate their way past. The waitress commanded me to move my chair in in the same curt manner that an air hostess will tell you to return your seat to upright before landing...except that I couldn't get in any further. My punishment seemed to be that she would (it seemed intentionally) brush past my chair every time she went past. The staff without the attitude problems looked like they lived in fear of their boss - like frightened rabbits almost.

The food was rubbish. My ("How would you like you burger done?" - "Medium rare please") burger was dry and overcooked. It had obviously been sitting around for a long time presumably whilst they were making sure my partner's yorkshire pudding was stone cold and inedible before sending it out. The ketchup comes in thimbles so small it's clear they they don't approve of ketchup and are trying to discourage you from having it - well take burgers off the menu then because ketchup is what you have with a burger and chips. They forgot to bring our second bottle of wine which was a relief because we were so uncomfortable we just wanted to leave ASAP. They forgot to add our pre-lunch drinks to the bill which I felt just about evened things up....but not quite. Why didn't we complain at the time? Because there's no point is there really? By that stage we knew lunch was ruined and when you're perched at a table like that you don't want to do anything to prolong your discomfort.

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“Dissapointing, small portions and over-priced!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2009

We went to the royal oak expecting a hearty meal and on inspecting the menu would of been right in thinking that's what you would get. But when the food arrived it was a different story. To me it seemed there was too much time spent on the presentation, and this unfortunately affected the taste and the size of the overall meal!

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“Nice food but...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2008

We'd been advised that the Royal Oak was a good place to eat, but although the food was OK (puddings definitely above average), the service was rushed. No sooner had we been given the menus than we were expected to have made our selections. We couldn't really see a reason for this as the restaurant wasn't exactly full and there seemed to be lots of staff on hand. The main course was good, if slightly overpriced, and the puddings were excellent, but sadly the service meant that the dining experience was far from relaxing.

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