Hooksway Pubs and Restaurants
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Hooksway is 1 mile off the South Downs Way. If there is time, a visit to this pub would be a welcome break.
The Royal Oak
Hooksway, Chichester, PO18 9JZ
Tel: 01234 535257
Royal Oak Map Location
Type: Pub and Restaurant
Info: Good trackway leads directly to this pub and restaurant. Real ale. Check website for opening times.
“At 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. It is perfect for getting away from it all.
In 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.
It is a favourite destination for get-out-of-towners because of its
isolation and situation in one of the best walking areas.
The 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.”
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