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“Not as good as previous visit's”
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The Royal Oak Inn
Ranked #2 of 4 East Lavant B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 March 2013

I must agree with a previous comment ‘The Standards have dropped’. Our table was booked for 7.15pm, we were greeted and the waitress took our orders so we waited near the bar with a pre-dinner drink. About 8.00 we were shown to our table, the starter of olives and bread was brought to the table along with our main courses? The food was excellent as usual but the service was lacking that little extra that had been there on previous occasions,

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

We spent 2 nights at this lovely inn. The staff were pleasant and helpful and the food excellent. We had room 5 which had a 6` bed, was of a good size with a spacious bathroom, plenty of hot water and nice toiletries. The complimentary water and chocolate awaiting us in the small fridge were most welcome! As this room is at the front of the house above the restaurant it has the potential to be noisy but we didn`t find this when we were there midweek.
The one grumble from my husband was that there was no local beer available, the only cask on offer was a flat and lifeless Doombar from Cornwall.
This is not cheap but "you get what you pay for"!!

Room Tip: Room 5 appears to be the best, there are 3 in the main building, the rest in the couryard. I would t...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LadyGAxbridge
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

We really enjoyed our one night stay at the Royal oak, the accommodation was fine, and aspects of the food were excellent, but......its not quite the 5* experience the marketing material would have you believe. To deliver the excellence to which the inn aspires, a number of things have to be fixed:

- The partridge on the partidge risotto was almost inedible (the risotto itself was excellent)
- The bottle of red wine was served well below room temperature; it too, once warmed up by the 3rd glass, was also excellent
- The room was clean and well presented, but the extractor fan in the en-suite made a terrible din and could be turned off independently......a relaxing bath in the dark or a noisy one with the light on.

Lastly the rooms in the barn face directly on to the back of the Inn....not a problem....but having the staff stood outside chatting on their smoke breaks,,,,not so good,

I would recommend the food and the accommodation.....but with some reservations...

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

I was a first time dinner to the Royal Oak and had an enjoyable evening, while the oak is in a beautiful location I would be unsure if it was worth its one rosette.

The service we recived was fine but nothing to special, we made a few requests and these were not possible for example could we have some extra green olives, answer not possible as they come mixed, does this mean the are bought in ready mixed, saying his though the bread and olive starter was nice, the mussel starter again we asked for just a wine sauce without the cream and again not possible so the same thoughts went through our heads.

Main courses were all enjoyable we had one pork special, one pork head to toe and a sea bream, the sea bream appeared to be in to much sauce but was enjoyable and they were all perfectly cooked.

The service we experienced was ok but nothing to write home about from a rosette restaurant, our wine was never topped up when our glasses became low and the same with the water. The wine was most enjoyable and well chosen for the menu, we enjoyed a bottle of Malbec and a bottle of Pinot Grigio with a bottle of sparkling Blu water.

Coffees were enjoyable but served with an after dinner Malteeser not so sure again of the rosette.

Would I return on overall reflection not sure, the pricing is at the top end and the service was nothing to write home about when asking for small changes which for an experienced rosette style chef should I wold have thought been enjoyable.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank TheTallGuy1001
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

Stayed at the Royal Oak in East Lavant with family on a four night mid week break. We took the two barn rooms at the rear of the pub. These rooms seem to be built into the side of a field behind the pub. The view from the window is unusually just above ground level but that's not to say the rooms were particularly dark. The rooms themselves are not huge but adequate in size and well furnished to a high standard. There is flat screen TV with integral DVD player (few DVDs and books supplied), an IPOD docking station, hair dryer very well placed for access to bathroom mirror, tea and coffee making facilities, bottled water and biscuits.

The bathroom is modern with underfloor heating, an over bath rainforest shower and plenty of room to place your toiletries. Overall very cosy and comfortable.

The major issue that we had with the rooms related to the housekeeping. On our arrival we discovered that the loft trap-door in one of the rooms had been left open. The room was infested with flies. The first few hours for the occupants was spent swatting the flies as and when they could. We did explain the situation to the bar staff who kindly offered a transfer for one night to the cottage and an offer to spray the room. Having unpacked, it was felt not worth the effort of repacking for one night, also the thought of sleeping in a recently sprayed room was not appealing. The result was a number of dead flies littered about the room. This leads to the second issue with regards to housekeeping – the flies more or less remained there for the duration of our stay. Other issues were unreplenished biscuits, and toiletries and on one occasion bins were not emptied.

Whilst the housekeeping was poor, bar/restaurant service was very friendly and efficient. I would say that this is essentially a dining pub and a very popular one at that. There is a small bar area, but I felt it was more of somewhere to sit stand before getting a table (not that we had to do that) than a bar. The food was very good and of a high standard both in the evening and at breakfast. There was a wide choice on the menu but not great change on the specials board during our stay. There were 3 real ale casks behind the bar, apart from a few hours, only one of these was available at any time during our stay.

East Lavant is a good location for access to nearby Chichester and Arundel (the castle was well worth the visit) and for Portsmouth, 30 minutes or so away.

Overall, I have to say we were somewhat disappointed with our stay, mainly because of the housekeeping. It's certainly somewhere I would recommend for a meal or even an overnight stay but I think four nights was not our best choice.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

I stayed at this Hotel last week whilst attending Goodwood Races, the room was on the small side, but beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean.
The food in the restaurant was amazing, so fresh and beautifully presented. The staff were so helpful and when we returned from the races with our guests they quickly prepared some snacks for them before they had to go off and catch their train.

I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel/pub to anyone. It is beautiful and well worth every penny.

Room Tip: I would have liked to stay in one of the cottages, will definately book next time.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank NanaFox
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

My husband and I spent two nights at this hotel in one of the cottages. It was lovely, we dont have a bad thing to say about our stay, the staff were so kind and friendly they really made us feel welcome, the food was superb, very impressive. The atmosphere is very calm and relaxing. We have been to many top restaurants in London and we would put this on parr with the best.
We wanted this weekend to be special as it was our first wedding anniversary - It certainly was. We are looking forward to spending our next anniversary here and other weekends in between.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Royal Oak.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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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 4 B&Bs / Inns in East Lavant
Price Range: £107 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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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