The Royal Oak Inn

Chichester, Sussex

A fine country inn with chic interiors, a pretty terrace and some delicious food - the south coast is close, the South Downs all around


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 - 4


This pretty inn sits in a sleepy village with the South Downs rising above and the coast below. Attractive, rustic interiors have stripped floors, low ceilings and the odd racing print (the inn was once part of the Goodwood estate). There’s a small bar for a pint in front of an open fire, but these days it’s a mostly dining pub, the restaurant spreading itself far and wide, then bursting onto a couple of terraces in summer. Delicious food flies from the kitchen, try Funtington pork tenderloin and confit belly with pear puree and cider jus. Our pan fried calves liver with dauphinoise potato was full of earthy, hearty flavour. Bedrooms are scattered about, some in courtyard cottages, others upstairs. All have a warm, contemporary style with smart fabrics, leather armchairs, comfy beds and good bathrooms. Staff stop to chat, complimentary newspapers arrive with breakfast. There’s lots do: Goodwood, the South Downs, Chichester and its excellent theatre, and the Witterings for miles of sandy beach. Don’t miss Bosham, where King Canute tried to turn back the waves.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £7.95. Dinner, 3 courses, about £35. Sunday lunch from £25-£29.


Nightly price
from £150
1 Cottage for 4
From £225
3 Twin/doubles
From £150
2 Doubles
From £150
1 Suite for 2
From £225
1 Cottage for 4
From £225


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Fiona Moucq

  • Did you Know that the oldest Yew Forest in Existence is just down the road? Kingley Vale is home to one of Europe's most impressive yew forests. The forest contains yews as much as 2,000 years old...ask for directions!
  • Goodwood Revival or Festival - we're 10 minutes from the track... Or of course there's horse racing at Goodwood or Fontwell
  • We love gardens and have a plethora of them nearby including Parham House, West Dean House, The Sussex Prairie gardens and John Brookes own garden Denmans. Arundel Castle is nearby while the Roman mosaics at Fishbourne Palace are 5 minutes away
  • Chichester Cathedral is not only an amazing medieval structure but hosts wonderful musical events from Chamber Music to Guitar and they have a festival of flowers each year. Chichester is wonderful for shopping with numerous small boutiques and specialists
  • Did you know that we have 6 chefs in our kitchen who create every single sauce from scratch - nothing is bought in every dish is prepared specially for you - so sometimes if we're really busy things take time - but then at least you know its fresh
  • There are opportunities for hunting, shooting and fishing around us as well as biking, beach combing and flying a small plane - ask and we'll tell you where to go. Or come out of season and watch the birds at West Wittering nature reserve or Slimbridge