Tucked away in East Lavant at the foot of the South Downs, The Royal Oak has been providing locals and visitors alike with spectacular British fare for over 200 years. Today this charming pub boasts a seasonally changing menu of innovative dishes and traditional pub classics. We made our visit on a clear December night, and as soon as we walked through the doors we were greeted with the warmest of welcomes.
To start, my dining partner and I opted for the chicken and black pudding terrine with baked apple and prune purée, and dressed white crab with horseradish and cucumber gazpacho, which were both outstanding and beautifully presented. For the main course, I decided to go with the confit duck leg with sweet hispi cabbage, carrot and orange mash and gooseberry jus. The duck was beautifully tender and the whole dish boasted the perfect balance of sweet and savoury notes, making it a delight to eat. My partner was equally delighted with her choice of black garlic, broad beans and spring onion risotto served with charred gem lettuce and Chillies Farm goat’s cheese, which was rich and incredibly indulgent. You can also extend your time at The Royal Oak by staying a night or two in one of the beautiful en-suite bedrooms or luxurious cottages. Bellies full, and with a newfound favourite haunt, we left vowing to return to The Royal Oak very soon.