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“great fish and chips”
Review of The Royal Oak Inn

The Royal Oak Inn
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$32
Cuisines: European, Gastropub
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Temple, New Hampshire
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“great fish and chips”
Reviewed 8 December 2009

nice place for friday lunch, and good value for money!

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“Warmth and”
Reviewed 8 December 2009

I went to the Royal Oak for a romantic evening with my girlfriend and the welcoming fire and warm wooden decor immediately set the scene. The quality of the food and service that followed made us feel suitably spoilt and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this resturant to any one in search of a small indulgence

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Thank fan30
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Petersfield
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Would not hesitate to return.....”
Reviewed 7 December 2009

I have to say that I cannot recognise The Royal Oak that I know from some of the other reviews on this website. We have been a number of times and would not hesitate to return - indeed we have recommended it to friends and family. The food is excellent - the menu is always interesting and varied; the ingredients carefully selected; and the food is well presented and delicious. We have only ever known the staff to be very attentive, efficient and friendly and the atmosphere relaxed and quite special. It's highly recommended.

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Thank Heartw00d
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Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“This Royal Oak deserves to be scuttled”
Reviewed 22 November 2009

This pretentious "posh" pub has irritated me so much I have been driven to write a restaurant review for the first time. The service was brusque, rude and inefficient and the drive to maximise table use has led the staff to forget that people are there of their own free will and to enjoy a quiet night out without being dragooned through a "sitting" like some 1950's boarding house.

Arriving as booked at 7.30pm the waitress seemingly couldn't wait for the four of us to be seated before demanding our drinks order. When we requested a few minutes to settle ourselves we were ignored for nearly thirty. Our food order came only after we had been there an hour. Fifty minutes later the waitress requested we vacate our table if we wanted coffee as it was now nearly nine thirty and another set of diners were waiting. Setting aside there were similar sized unoccupied tables laid up, to provide dreadfully slow service and then ask us to vacate our table for more diners after being "granted" 50 minute to eat two courses is the mark of a truely mercenary operation. We paid without taking coffee and made the mistake of finishing our conversation prior to leaving. This was interupted by the hostess asking us to relinquish our table. I politely expressed my opinion to the hostess that asking us to relinquish our table when we had been subjected to late service was unacceptable and rude only to be told that she hadn't realised we had had to wait an hour for our food order. Pathetic. Sail on past this dreadful place, there are other more welcoming places to eat not far away.

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5 Thank Geotec
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Such a disappointment”
Reviewed 27 October 2009

Having just finshed our meal on the second night of our stay at The Royal Oak, I am compelled to wrte (for the first time) about my experiences here. The room in the Inn is lovely. A good size, good quality products, and a spacious size. That is to be expected as we are paying £160 per night. Unfornately, the food is very far from "superb" as the sign out the front proclaims. Our first night here we had to remind the staff to provide us with the complementary bread and olives that is ours to enjoy, on the menu. This was embarrasing and should not happen in a five star establishment. Followng this we were presented with two reasonable starters but our main course was nothing short o disappointing. My fiance' sat through the most insipid and tasteless "thai" influenced monkfish and prawn dish, whilst I was presented with a portion of tasteless, dry "Sussex Pork Loin". Both dishes were boring, bland and incredibly over prced. Far from "superb". Almost reluctantly we made our way down to dinner for our second night and endeavoured to chose carefully from the menu. Whilst our starters were good, once again we were so disappointed with our over priced mains. Yet again food was bland, hastily served and we are now left feeling hungry and ripped off. The Royal Oak charges far too much for the quality of food it offers. We have never, ever written a review before but we felt compelled to do so this time. This place does not deserve the accreditation it relishes in. We only felt envious of the many surrounding pubs in nearby villages that seem to offer high quality food and good service at a reasonable price, without the pompous and over priced menu we were subjected to here.

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3 Thank Sal023
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