Just in case I haven't nattered on about it enough already, last week I was down in Sussex with my family to attend (a rather un-)Glorious Goodwood and holiday to my little heart's content. One of the best things about holidays? The eats! Don't even try to act like you don't indulge. Ain't nobody got time for dat.

It was after a particularly rainy, gloomy and windy first day of Goodwood (thanks, British summertime) that we found ourselves running to the sweet refuge of The Royal Oak in Midhurst. I'll leave all the deets and links at the end of the post if you find yourself in the area and fancy a visit - it's well worth it! But enough with the niceties... Let's get to the good stuff...


The pub is really idyllic, set in the most beautiful backdrop of rolling Sussex hills, with a good deal of land outside (from what I saw - we ate indoors!) and some friendly patrons that I'd guess were regulars to the place. It looked family-owned, but I'm not sure. Definitely not a 'Starbucks pub' - anyone whose watched 'The World's End' will get me. It's not a chain at all - the menu is traditional but inventive, everything tastes fresh and flavourful and the staff know what they're talking about. Whilst, when we first sat down, it was a little quiet and you got the feeling of 'them and us', a big bustling family soon joined and the place was full of noise and atmosphere once more.

But it's not really the 'atmosphere' you'd visit a place like The Royal Oak for - it's the food. Quaint, shabby chic touches aside, once that plate rocks up to your table, you can think of little else. I opted for the lamb rump whilst the boys plumped for The Royal Oak burger (both agreed it was delicious), my dad went for butternut squash gnocci (I was very tempted by this!) and my mum and nan both shared a plaice dish - I did have a picture of this but, to be honest, it was a whole fish, eye and everything. It just creeped me out.

As for my lamb - well, shame on me. In my hunger I glazed over the 'rump steak' cut and just went for lamb, and when it arrived it was quite fatty - as you'd expect a rump steak to be. It was also quite rare, which I'm told is how lamb should be cooked. Aesthetics aside, it tasted incredible, especially when paired with the garlic butter crust/paste that accompanied. I say crust/paste because it sat on top of the lamb like a crust, but was pastey in texture. Spread over the meat, it was divine. No complaints.

The potato was slightly under-whelming (a tiny but under-done?) but the wilted spinach and gorgeous jus made up for it. In all honesty, I was more than full after just the lamb and spinach, so I didn't really need the starch of the potato. The dish might have benefited from something slightly crispy in texture just to break up the rich, buttery softness of everything else, but that would be my only suggestion - leave it to the pros!

All in all - I'd love to visit again and try another dish, as everything that came out of the kitchen looked amazing (plaice aside). Everyone I was with really enjoyed their meals and it was just what we needed after a bit of a washout day!



6 comments

  1. What a lovely looking place, that burger looks divine xx

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    1. The guys I was with certainly made short work of it!! It was a beautiful place :) Highly recommended! Thanks for reading and commenting lovely xx

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  2. That food looks so yummy! And what a pretty place. :) xo

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    1. It was deliiiiish. I need to teach myself into being a better cook, then I won't pine over the restaurants I eat at so much! Yeah, it's gorgeous - not a spot on Oxford though!! ;) xx

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  3. Hello TGG! It all looks and sounds delish - shame about the potatoes! More Foodie blogs please :-)

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    1. Hiya DT! It was delicious - and the potatoes might have just been my inexperienced palette I suppose ;) Noted! Anything that involves eating I am perfectly fine with :) Thanks for commenting lovely. T x

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