The Royal Oak

In a village near Chichester with views over the South Downs towards Goodwood, Charles Ullmann's 200-year-old whitewashed flint-stone inn is popular with Guide readers. Many original features are retained in the bar/restaurant (an open fire, exposed brickwork, beams); good linen napkins on the rustic wooden tables. This year there is a new chef, Daniel Ward, whose menu might include seared Scottish scallops, crisp belly pork, pickled ginger; pan-fried brill with fennel and crab croquettes. There is a daily list of blackboard specials. We would welcome reports on his cooking. In fine weather, meals may be taken outside on the terrace or in a small garden. 'It might look like a pub, but the bedrooms are well fitted,' said one visitor. They are in the main building and a converted cottage and barn overlooking fields behind the inn. Some have inglenook and exposed beams; all have a modern bathroom with 'lots of nice touches'. Breakfast has a 'good choice of cereals and lovely fresh fruit'; the usual cooked dishes. Busy during Goodwood events and with theatre-goers at Chichester. (JB, DV)
  • A very good meal in a busy country pub. The restaurant was warm, cosy. Furnished with solid, wooden tables and high-backed suede or leather wooden chairs and leather sofas. The bar is fairly limited in size. The decor is rustic, with bare brick, flint walls, beams and brick floors. The lighting was reasonably subdued, the napkins were cloth, the waitress service was attentive. Background music was a bit intrusive. Dogs were allowed in the restaurant. The food was very good, although the wine was quite expensive. Parking in the hotel car park was quite difficult.

    N H, 28/10/2013

  • Really excellent. Looks and feels like a pub but rooms are very comfortable. Every detail thought of. Food is first class but vegetables charged extra.

    Dale Vargas, 11/11/2011

  • A popular and stylish pub/hotel/restaurant in an attractive and peaceful village location. Cheerful, efficient and willing staff. Our room, although fairly small, was stylish and comfortable. The breakfast, with lovely fresh fruit and good choice of cereals, was excellent. The dinner menu didn't appeal to our 'traditional' tastes. Few vegetables are served, and those we ordered as an extra were very lightly cooked. But we enjoyed our stay.

    John Bickerdike, 06/08/2011

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Local attractions

Arundel Castle
Built at the end of the 11th century and situated in magnificent grounds, overlooking the River Arun.
Chichester Cathedral
Despite being nearly 1,000 years old, Chichester Cathedral is famous for its modern art, including a window by Marc Chagall, a tapestry by John Piper and a painting by Graham Sutherland.
Fishbourne Roman Palace
One of the largest collection of in-situ Roman mosaics in Britain.

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Contact Details

The Royal Oak

Pook Lane EAST LAVANT West Sussex England PO18 0AX


01243 527434

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


5, 3 in adjacent barn and cottage, 2 self-catering cottages nearby.


all year, except 25 Dec.


bar/restaurant, free Wi-Fi, terrace (outside meals), small garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

jazz in restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed in bedrooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2013] per room B&B £125-£220. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused weekends, bank holidays.