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“Interesting Setting in Good Atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Royal Oak Inn

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The Royal Oak Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 East Lavant B&B and Inns
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Melbourne Australia
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“Interesting Setting in Good Atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

This is a difficult to find hotel for a first timer. Fairly predictable building for the period and a radon the small side. Service was friendly and attentive. The night we were there bigger group turned to make it a little noisy. Menu is good but pricing puts the hotel in the higher range and, as a consequence, might not be worth the effort to go. Overall a nice hotel with good service and food but there as good at a more competitive price.

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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

A perfect place to go to escaping London which isn't too far (and you have another plus point - you're 20 mins from the sea).

Lovely part of the world, beautiful walks, fantastic service and great food. All in all had a great time and left very happy. Would recommend you pay this place a visit.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

I have stayed here a few time now and the food this week was again very good, very nice specials board and plenty of choice. Breakfast also good with plenty of fresh berries and yoghurt .
Bedrooms are very pleasant, clean and modern with IPod access points.

Stayed March 2014
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We booked to have a meal on valentines day as we were staying in the area for the weekend. At £49 + v.a.t per head we were expecting a special meal but were disappointed . The food was average we were crammed in and the service was very hit and miss. People arrived after us and were seated before us . Think they were regulars . Perhaps they couldn't cope with the demand but at £50 I expected better

  • Stayed February 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

We didn't stay here - we had a meal only.

We were looking forward to our small family meal having read the website and reviews. But service was poorest I've ever experienced. Went to the bar for drinks and a jug of water after waiting ages. One of the meals was completely wrong - nothing like the order. And the waiting staff had a good giggle about it within earshot of all customers. Another of the meals was slightly wrong. The Brussel sprouts inedible. But the rest of the food was lovely. We also noticed another table sending food back so it wasn't just us either. Overall, not the promised warm welcome at all. We found the staff rude or disinterested rather than helpful.

It wouldn't have taken much to turn this disappointing experience into a good one. But will definitely not set foot in there again. It very much felt as though the manager was off site and the staff were taking it easy until home time and they were doing you a favour by being there.

I've never written a review before but was so disappointed that the experience was nothing like the claims made by this establishment or other reviews that I just had to share it - in the hope that they sort themselves out and future customers don't have the same experience as me.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here some 3 years ago and had a wonderful time and experience. I was looking for somewhere to take her for her birthday and thought she would love to go back to The Royal Oak. I booked via e-mail explaining it was a special occasion and I booked a barn room for £145 which is a midweek rate. When we arrived we were made to feel very welcome. First impressions on the room were that it was cosy but a little tired - cobwebs, bathroom a bit shabby. Dinner was very tasty although £27 for a steak main course having to pay extra for sides is punchy for a country pub!

There was nothing fundamentally wrong with our stay but there was nothing to make it feel special. I had made it clear we were there for my girlfriends birthday and you sort of hope they might welcome you with a drink or have a surprise desert. Those little things that are 'critical non essentials' are what make somewhere memorable.

Lastly I imagine the pub is under new management as the owner was busy sorting his staff and problems out. As a quiet Sunday night, Monday morning there was perhaps more time on his hands but it should have been done in private. It was as if we were not there. Discussions on where and what new beers should be added, cutting back the Wisteria, a member of staff struggling to sell his house and advice on his brochure, even a problem with a pot smoking chef! A one night stay and 2 course dinner for two at well over £250 should be memorable but sadly this time it was not.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tanworth-in-Arden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Great place to stay for a winter break near to Goodwood Circuit not too far from Chichester town. Great restaurant food, wine & ale served by the most attentive team of staff - nothing is too much trouble. First class English breakfast which puts most if not all other hotels to shame.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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