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The Royal Oak Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 East Lavant B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
london
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“perfect mini break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2007

We stayed in the sussex barn which was great (think there are two sussex barn rooms?) First impression was that the room was quite small (as was the bed...and a bit soft...) but on the definite plus side the bathroom was huge with beautiful fittings - better than many a five star hotel in my opinion! Also there were lots of thoughtful touches e.g. fridge with fresh milk for tea/coffee, DVDs and CDs provided (with flat screen tv and sound system) and occitane products in the bathroom. Very nicely thought out and by far the best B&B type accommodation I've stayed in the UK.

Was a treat to be so close to an excellent restaurant. The pub is definitely more gastropub than pub for a drink although there is a small waiting area with log fire... Food was excellent with a good selection and service very friendly.

The location is great - not far for a london overnight getaway, pretty Chichester on the doorstep and less than 30 minutes' drive from Littlehampton with its great new East Beach Cafe - would recommend a visit to anyone.

  • Liked — sussex barn bathroom; room amenities; short stumble from restaurant to room
  • Disliked — bed - but it wasn't THAT bad
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank londonANDbeyond
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Essex, England
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102 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2007

We decided to stay at the Royal Oak for the convenience of being close to Goodwood, as my Husband had a Ferrari driving experience taking place there, so we thought we would take advantage and spend the day at Goodwood races the day before also..........Wish we hadn't bothered with the horseracing, absolute horrid day, horrible place, but that's another story.

We stayed in the "Flint cottage" for two nights, what a very pleasant surprise when we saw the accomodation.
It has a very cosy lounge, with great furnishings, huge TV on the wall above the fire, supplied with a library of DVD's, the room also has Bose music system, tea and coffee making facilities, with a sink and fridge tucked away in a little cupboard (see by the photo's), a selection of magazines to read, there was even a couple of board games supplied.

Upstairs was the bedroom and bathroom, just as cosy as downstairs. Luxurious bedding, Tv, dressing table, and plenty of wardrobe space. The bathroom had under floor heating, to keep your tooties warm, and a big bath with shower overhead, there was also a radio, bathrobes and toilettries supplied.

The hotel is right in the countryside, and that was the views from our cottage window upstairs, countryside for miles and miles.
Although the hotel is only 3 miles away from Chichester.

The hotel restaurant is very tasteful, and seems to be very popular indeed! The food was lovely, and the service was great too.

One morning we thought we'd missed breakfast, as we got all the meal times wrong, but the staff were so kind to go out of their way to make us a bacon sandwich and toast.

The hotel has other cottages also, larger than the one we stayed in, just situation across the road.

The hotel is in a great location, plenty to do and see around the area, we would definitely recommend the Royal oak, I know we will be returning sometime in the future!!

  • Liked — romantic, cosy accomodation, friendly staff, location, great food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sexysuzy
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romford
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104 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2007

This is the second time of staying here and it's usually for three nights of the August Bank Holiday as it's in a great position for getting to and from Goodwood Racecourse,but the main reason is it's ambience...Wonderful Staff....Exellent Food..Nice and cosy rooms. Nick Sutherland,the owner has taken great care to create a lovely relaxing place to stay...Can well recommend

  • Liked — Quality of the staff/Food
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank littlearches
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london
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2007

We've now visited the Royal Oak twice and have loved it both times. At just over an hour's drive from London, through some very pretty countryside and villages, it makes the ideal mini-break destination, without the need to board a plane.

On our recent visit (a Thurs evening) we had 2 double rooms booked and were generously upgraded on one of the rooms to a lovely cottage, which was a real treat.

The rooms are super comfortable and the staff very welcoming. We had dinner in the restaurant, which was delicious, and as a bonus they allow you to bring your own special bottles of wine, with a £10 corkage. This is perfect for enjoying something from your own cellar over a restaurant meal.

Breakfast doesn't disappoint and the sausages from the full English are well worth trying.

A truly lovely hotel and restaurant in one of the loveliest parts of England - we'll definitely be back for a third stay,

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank ozbecks
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London
Level Contributor
16 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2007

This is the ideal place if you are looking for a romantic mini-break away from the rat-race. My husband and I booked the "luxury double room" at the front of the pub for Easter Monday. We weren't disappointed. The room was beautiful with a massive bed, crisp sheets and so on. The huge bathroom, complete with armchair, has a decent power shower and a sexy Roberts radio to listen to while you scrub each other's backs. Nice Occitane toiletries provided, bathrobes etc. The bar is just downstairs, so maybe a little noisy but only if you object to the sound of people talking, laughing and clinking glasses. Which we didn't. (The rooms at the back by the kitchen might be a little noisier- I noticed an extractor fan right by one room's window. but again I wouldn't have thought it would be a big problem). The meal was really good - expensive though as we both had three courses including fillet steak. Even though the staff were clearly rushed off their feet (the place was, unsurprisingly, rammed- make sure you book a table), it was all with a smile. The best bit was saved to last- a really great breakfast with lots to choose from including home-made muesli and fresh fruit to go on top, and of course a cooked breakfast. This place has something for everyone. I like the trashy things, so was excited by free Dairy Milk in the mini-bar, and OK and Hello! at breakfast! For my other half, a good choice of films that you can watch in bed, and lots of fine ales just downstairs. It is also very close to Goodwood Sculpture Park, and just the other side of Chichester from an ace beach at West WIttering.

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Fiona949
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london
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2006

We have just returned from this lovely pub. My husband and I cannot fault this place at all, their attention to detail is excellent. We stayed in the flint cottage and on arrival was shown our room where the fire was glowing all the lamps were on and music was playing. The cottage has everything that you could wish for, a giant plasma above the fire, comfy sofa's, there is a stack of dvd's and a cd system with up to date cd's a large selection of magazines. In a downstairs cupboard there is a sink a small fride with chocolate, bottles of cola, bottled water and fresh milk which is always a plus. Upstairs there is the most comfortable bed I have ever stayed in, an LCD tv a fire place, fitted wardrobe and an arm chair and fresh flowers. The bathroom had a large power shower and all the toiletries you could need. there is also a Roberts radio and large fluffy towels and bathrobes.

This pub is a gem and we cannot wait to return there. All the staff were friendly and the food was wonderful.. If you are looking for a getaway from it all then this is the place for you. Do book dinner as the pub seemed full on both nights.

  • Liked — home from home
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank jimber
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England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2006

We stayed here after seeing a couple of Brochures (one for the Halfway Inn which is owned by the same people). We opted for the Royal Oak after seeing it had better overall reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. The room was very clean and well equipped. Yes it is a little smaller than your average hotel room but this is a converted cottage and we found the quaintness added to the feel of the break.

The room could be descibed as 'Country Contempory' and included mod cons such as Flat screen TV, CD/DVD player (with CD's and DVD's provided) and a router for wireless internet access should you need it.

The bathroon was very clean, the bed was VERY comfortable and overall it was a nice rustic yet modern room. The view out of the window was very scenic and each room has a private area with a picnic bench for sitting out and relaxing. We were in room 2 by the way and have already booked it again for our anniversary.

The restaurant was also very pleasant, both for dinner and breakfast. The menu was not particulary adventurous but the food was very nice.

  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank OneGlove
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Property: The Royal Oak Inn
Address: The Royal Oak Pook Lane, East Lavant, Chichester PO18 0AX, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Chichester > East Lavant
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in East Lavant
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Royal Oak Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Oak Inn is a thriving and stylish Gastropub with rooms. Money has been lavished on the beds with a contemporary feel and great attention to detail, big comfy beds, leather chairs, magazines and luxurious bathrooms, plasma screen TVs and ipod docks/CD/DVD players. All rooms have free Wi-fi. Two smart 2 bedroom cottages can accommodate longer lets and are suitable for families. Goodwood, Chichester and the seaside are all close by together with West Dean, Parham House, Petworth and Uppark. ... more   less 
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