Royal Oak

“A popular destination deep in the downs” - AA Inspector



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Poynings is tucked well away in the South Downs National Park. It's not difficult to find this pink-painted village pub but should you fail you might regret it, especially after working up a thirst and an appetite walking in the nearby deep valley called Devil’s Dyke. Inside, it's all oak floors, old beams and some undoubtedly welcome plush sofas. From a seasonal menu kick off with pan-fried wood-pigeon breast, or tempura king prawns, and continue with wild mushroom, thyme and pomegranate risotto; or a Sussex smokie of smoked haddock with a cheese gratin topping. Puddings are tempting too – perhaps, from a winter menu, poached pears in mulled wine. In summer, the wonderful garden offers barbecue facilities and fine downland views.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
Royal Oak
The Street,POYNINGS,BN45 7AQ
Phone : 01273 857389


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover West Sussex

Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.

In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham. 

West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.

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