Royal Oak is a freehouse in a 16th-century cottage.
the heart of a good pub you will always find the hosts, this is
true of the Royal Oak where Dave and Sarah wish you a warm welcome. Dave and Sarah have run the Royal Oak since 1990, that's 26 years, only
38 years short of the long serving Alf and Carrie Ainger who ran
the Oak from 1907-1971. The Royal Oak is an idyllic country pub
unspoilt with great country walks, close to the South Downs way.
Popular with hikers, horseriders and people with young families,
there is a large garden with a play area for children. It is perfect
for getting away from it all.
the winter two lovely log fires greet you. Dave and Sarah run an
extensive menu catering for all tastes, including a varied childrens
menu. Also on offer are three permanent real ales and a regular
guest ale all mainly from local breweries. Summertime brings live
band nights and barbecues, both held in the open and very popular.
It is a favourite destination for get-out-of-towners because of
isolation and situation in one of the best walking areas.
pub is haunted by the ghost of one who was believed to be a sheep
rustler who operated on
the South Downs in about 1680, going by the name of William "Shagger"
Shepherd. He was pursued across the Downs by a group of angry farmers
and was eventually shot after taking refuge in the Royal Oak. Dave the landlord has captured the image of the ghost
standing in front of the main fireplace and was unaware of the ghost
being there until he developed the film.
To see the ghost click the image