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The Royal Oak Inn
Ranked #2 of 4 East Lavant B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank littlearches
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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
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1  Thank ozbecks
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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.

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4  Thank Fiona949
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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.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank jimber
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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
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2  Thank OneGlove
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Reviewed 30 May 2006

We stayed here with friends after reading the Mr and Mrs Smith review. The pub is in a lovely location in a very pretty village and is close to the beach and some picturesque local towns. Our rooms were in the stables in the courtyard. They were very small but well equipped, comfortable and modern. The bathroom was lovely - the underfloor heating was appreciated! The pub itself is very cosy and comfortable and the food we ate there was excellent, with the exception of desserts which were hugely disappointing - bland and boring. Breakfasts were very good too - lots of choice in a lovely setting and everything felt very relaxed - we sat there for ages chatting and reading the papers and were not moved on. The only thing that annoyed us was the attitude of some of the staff - when booking I had made it clear that one of our party was heavily pregnant and we would need to be seated for dinner away from areas of the bar where smoking was allowed. I was assurred on the phone that this would not be a problem. I called on the day to double check this and was told it was arranged. However, when we arrived on the first night we were seated right next to the bar and right amongst the smokers! I complained and instead of an apology was told it was because we had arrived late so they had given our table to someone else. True - we were late (we were caught in traffic driving from London) but we had called ahead to warn them and they had said it wasn't a problem. We put up with it and reiterated the need to be somewhere else the following night. Lo and behold, when we arrived for dinner they had seated us in exactly the same place! Again - no apology, but this time they did move us to somewhere much more suitable.
Overal, this is a nice place for a weekend break and we would probably go back. If they could lose the attitude from some of the staff it would be so much better.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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5  Thank Noo36
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Reviewed 9 October 2005

We stayed there at the beginning of October over a Friday and Saturday night.

The staff were very welcoming, took us to our room and showed us how to use all the gadgets, including a a DVD player with some decent movies. The bathroom was great and magazines and water/soft drinks in the fridge a nice touch. The room (number 4) was more a home from home than a hotel room, and all the better for that.

The food is excellent and served in a welcoming atmosphere. It is well worth dining in on at least one evening. If you can face a cooked breakfast in the morning don't miss that either!

However, the best thing of all about the inn is the comparative value for money. We spent £99 a night for one of the most welcoming rooms I've stayed in with full breakfast and newspaper included. The meal for two came to £60.

To cap it all, at checkout, our receptionist even tried to return half of our tip on the grounds that it was excessive! (And no, it wasn't!)

  • Stayed: October 2005
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3  Thank DJMM
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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: £134 - £244 (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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