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At the foot of the South Downs, this 200-year-old whitewashed village inn near Chichester is a popular stopping point for walkers and for racegoers heading to Goodwood, a 10-minute drive away. The Royal Oak has retained much of its original character inside, with red-brick and flint walls, tiled and timbered floors and real fires. A modern ‘field to fork’ approach to pub cooking means a seasonal menu that might start with shallot tarte Tatin, Sussex honey and chilli dressing and Cerney Ash goats’ cheese, followed by sea bream, Chardonnay and dill sauce, crushed baby potatoes, baby spinach or lamb shoulder, smoked almond crust, kale and celeriac dauphinoise.

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Character village inn close to Chichester

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The Royal Oak
Pook Lane, East Lavant, CHICHESTER, PO18 0AX
Phone : 01243 527434


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • 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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