New hosts Neil and Maria are working wonders as they try to bring this lovely, rambling, Sussex country pub back to life after its chequered history in recent years. Neil knows his beer and Maria is a Greek-Cypriot who knows all about Greek food. The place is increasingly popular of an evening, and there's a great selection of bar meals. But - and here's the real secret for foodies - Maria's Saturday night "meze" meals are a memorable Greek treat. The delicious courses just keep coming, and it is hard to find fault with any of them. Neil will even offer you a doggy bag if you can't finish all the food. But the best thing is the price. You may leave the Royal Oak a good deal heavier than when you went in, but your wallet won't feel much lighter, because this endless array of Greek dishes costs just £13.50 a head.
The pub itself needs a little TLC, but the new owners are on to it. And roll on the warmer weather, when the Royal Oak's huge garden area comes into its own.
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