The Royal Oak
This lovely Georgian country inn is snuggled in beautiful West Sussex countryside just within the fringes of the South Downs National Park: to the north are the rolling chalk Downs; to the south, Chichester, and beyond that the pretty estuaries and inlets of Chichester harbour and West Wittering’s fabulous sandy beach. It’s a great location, and happily everything else about the place is pretty good too. There are six rooms in all – four in the main building, two in a converted barn out the back with beams, exposed brickwork and views over the fields behind the inn – plus a handful of two-bedroom serviced cottages down the lane. Rooms come with smart bathrooms and Temple Spa toiletries, and cheering touches such as fresh milk in the fridge and complimentary newspapers for lazy morning lie-ins. With Chichester just three miles away there are plenty of nearby eating options, though you’ll probably just want to stay put: the inn’s cosy, fire-lit restaurant serves some really great food, with the likes of local venison, fish and Southdown lamb in the evening (mains £16–23), and simpler fish and chips and pies on a set-course menu at lunchtime (2 courses £17).
Doubles £125–160 (Mon–Thurs), £150–190 (Fri & Sat).
Open all year. Food available Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm & 6–9pm, Sat noon–2.30pm & 6–9.30pm, Sun noon–3pm & 6.30–9pm.
The Royal Oak, Pook Lane East Lavant West Sussex PO18 0AX
The inn is in the village of East Lavant, a few miles north of Chichester along the Lavant Road.
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