Eagle & Child, Oxford

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A truly ancient pub, the Eagle and Child has been a public house since 1650 and still has the low beam ceilings and mullioned windows of that era. More recently a conservatory was added to provide light and extra seating. It also has a rich literary history. While on faculty at Oxford, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis met at what they affectionately called "The Bird and Baby" and invented a new genre of literature over pints of ale.

Today it is still a favourite spot for faculty, students and fans of Tolkien and Lewis. Oxford views tourists as a pestilence, and you will find that attitude here. Service is slow and surly. But to be fair the constant inundation by gawking fans must be tedious. On tap: Deuchars IPA, London Pride, Adnams Broadside and Brakspear Bitter for the real ale drinkers and Old Rosie Scrumpy Cider for those who prefer cider.

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19 Jun 2008
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As a longtime Tolkien fan, I had to visit The Eagle and Child when we went to England last year. We had lunch there, and had good food at a reasonable price. All the servers were friendly, and thought they were busy, the service was fine. Oh - and the beer was great as well!

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49 St. Giles Street, Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3LU
01865 302 925
Opening times
Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00
Sun 11:00-22:30
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