The Royal Oak

‘Every detail has been thought of’ at Sarah and Charles Ullmann’s 19th-century pub/inn at the foot of the South Downs. Walkers coming off the moors will appreciate the open fire, leather sofas and beer (brewed in nearby Arundel) in the ‘popular, stylish’ pub. There is waitress service, proper linen napkins and ‘subdued’ lighting in the adjacent restaurant; terrace and garden seating is available in clement weather. The food is ‘first class’. James Dean is now the chef: he cooks ‘favourites with a modern twist’, turning to local producers for his ingredients. Typical dishes: broad bean, pea and chive risotto; roast rump of South Downs lamb, méli-mélo of spring vegetables, wild garlic-crushed potatoes, red wine jus. The ‘comfortable, well-equipped’ bedrooms are above the restaurant and in cottages behind. Individually decorated, they have oak beams, fresh flowers, board games, views over farmland and the moors. Breakfast has ‘ample’ variety: home-made muesli, fresh fruit; full ‘Sussex’ cooked to a ‘high quality’. The inn is a good base for outdoors and sporting folk, a few miles from both the South Downs Way and Chichester Harbour.    
  • 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 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. Plus 2 self-catering cottages nearby.


all year.


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

Background music

jazz/pop in restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2015] per room B&B £90–£300. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused weekends, bank holidays.

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