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The Eagle and Child

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49 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, England
+44 1865 302925
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Abilene, Texas
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

We ate lunch at this pub, where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien used to gather with other authors (the Inklings) and eat, drink, and share part of what they were writing. They left a signed letter to the owner thanking him one time, and of course it's framed now and visible. The food was decent, nothing spectacular, but the service... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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102 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

If you're keen on Tolkien or his Inklings friends, you'll enjoy sitting in the room they once frequented on Tuesday mornings. Get in early (11am) if you want to sit at a table in the exact room they met in, as there are only three tables there - the smallest of which was apparently the table which the Inklings tended... More 

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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

An obvious tourist site for anyone that follows CS Lewis and others. Other than the history, this is a very average pub. Service was not very friendly, which I can understand because of all of the tourism. Food was mediocre. Worth a visit, but not worth a meal.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

The pub is,of course, crowded and it feels a little cramped but to sit there and think of the famous writers who have gone before you is an opportunity not to be missed. The beer is decent and the food very good indeed. You don`t need to be a fan of Tolkien or CS Lewis but it certainly helps!

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

The history of the place feels very present. It was busy on a recent evening weekday visit but, not so busy that we couldn't find a seat in the very back next to a natty old professor holding court with more than a dozen students leaning in to hear him hold forth on subjects unknown to my party. Classic pub... More 

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Thank rhodesius
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

What a cool visit to such a meaningful pub! This was where JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis & the other Inklings met & discussed literature, language, and their famous works every Tuesday for 17 years! I definitely recommend it for ANY fan of theirs, or book nerd in general. Being huge Tolkien fans (the reason we met), my friends & I... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

The Eagle and Child pub is known by all Tolkien and Lewis fans as the pub that the Inklings used to meet at. It's now owned by the Nicolson's pub chain so it serves the same food as any of the other Nicholson's, but its generally very good food as far as pubs go. It's quite small, like most historical... More 

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Devizes
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Quite atmospheric with interesting references to the famous writers who drank there many years ago. Rather expensive but that's Oxford. I wish the toilets could be cleaned from time to time then perhaps one could use them whilst breathing. Awful.

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Thank Paul G
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81 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

I wanted to eat at the Eagle and Child to see CS Lewis' favorite Oxford Pub. We arrived at 1145 AM and were at the start of the que waiting for it to open at noon. By noon, there were 30 + people in line to eat. (Hint: Go early to avoid the line or arrive after 1230) I had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Now, bad top 40 from the 1990s plays, and the front of the building is crowded. The back is open, and it isn't super clean. We were on a tour, so we ran over to see the pub without the tour guide (we did have his blessing, though). It is awesome to be in the same spot where literary geniuses... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $15
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 302925
Description
You will find The Eagle and Child in Oxford within a short stroll of Cornmarket Street, Oxford University and St Johns College - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Eagle and Child is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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