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“A delight for a returning native to know that quintessential English country fare is alive and well.”
Review of The Royal Oak Inn

The Royal Oak Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$33
Cuisines: European, Gastropub
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Reviewed 7 November 2010

I had lunch at the Royal Oak last week and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This atmospheric village pub strikes immediately with its warmth and charm. The staff are friendly but not over familiar, which I like.
We had an excellent menu to chose from and I was tempted by almost all the dishes. In the end I was very pleased with my choice of Risotto with Jerusalem Artichokes where the creamy rice texture was beautifully complimented by the slight crunch of the artichokes. As an Englishwoman living abroad, it was lovely to be able to have roast partridge with a nice gamey taste to it for my main course . There was no room left for pud!
All in all a very pleasant experience.

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Thank freddy83
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Reviewed 7 November 2010

Fabulous food in a lovely, ancient pub setting made all the more enjoyable by Marco's beguiling Italian welcome and great service.

Beautiful surroundings in East Lavant make this a lovely place to dine al fresco when the weather is good.

Makes for an enjoyable and memorable evening, whether dining as a couple or with friends.

Highly recommended.

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1  Thank ChilliChef
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

This restaurant is a little gem. A country pub serving real ale straight from the barrel. The menu offers something different. On the night I went there was pheasant soup on the specials and for a main course I went for a superb partridge dish. I can't wait to return.

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Thank clive980
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

We had heard good things about this restaurant and decided to try it after playing golf at Goodwood. The greeting was excellent, our table was ready but they were happy for us to have a drink at the bar. It happened to be a race day at Goodwood, but although they were busy, the staff always had time for us. All our requests for flexibility on the menu were answered by the polite young lady taking our order. All the staff were polite, friendly and knowledgable. We had a variety of of main courses all of which were declared excellent. The menu is a bit expensive for a country pub/restaurant but the quality matched the prices. We ordered a second bottle of Chablis, our waitress returned with 'Premier Cru' as they did not have any more cold bottles of our first choice - and we could have it for the same price - whopeee! Our only disappointment was that several of us fancied cheese for desert and the desert menu warns you to order cheese at the same time as your main course so it can be taken out of the fridge. We hadn't and didn't fancy fridge cold cheese, so we gave it a miss.
Overall a really good experience and we will be going back.

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Thank Grinders13
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Reviewed 20 August 2010

Stayed here for 3 nights. Delightful room with big bathroom and very comfortable bed., complimentary wi-fi and satelitte tv. We stayed in room 2 in the courtyard with access to a garden which looked on to open fields and views of the downs. On a lovely summer evening we sipped our champagne and listened to the birds and sounds of a combine nearby. Very good beds and a comfy sofa in the room. L'Occitane toiletries. Fridge comes with fresh milk and a good variety of coffee and tea and cakes. Room could do with a full length mirror.

Liked the fridge with 2 bottles of white and red wine to choose from. There are chairs outside the cottage to sit and relax in but the fan from the kitchen is too loud to enjoy. Breakfast superb with delicious croissants and a variety of cooked breakfasts including full english breakfast with locally sourced ingredients. The staff here seem to really enjoy their work and are very helpful.

The Chocolate Sundae is to die for... wish I could get the recipe.

There are lovely walks from this area and this is a beautiful part of West Sussex. We will definitely return.

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Thank FionaJLinlithgow
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