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“Its like a museum of British literature with awesome food and drinks!”

The Eagle and Child
Ranked #44 of 634 Restaurants in Oxford
Price range: $5 - $16
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Vadodara, Gujarat, India
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“Its like a museum of British literature with awesome food and drinks!”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I dont drink (obviously alcoholic beverages) and I am strict vegetarian, and still I will go ahead and say your trip to Oxford is incomplete w/o a visit to The Eagle and Child (or known as The Bird and Baby in literary circles!)

Its the original British Pub, with very friendly staff all the same old British charm and nostalgic British literary history right at its centre,

You already know that people like JRR Tolkein and CS Lewis were once regulars at this place (and hence the name The Bird and Baby) and every corner of this joint speaks of its History.

We were there for almost three hours before the bell rang (yes that;s your sign to order last drinks)

They have classic British food and Brews on offer , remember you have to go to the Bar to place your order, however the food will be delivered in your booth (yes not your typical table).

The prizes are reasonable and its with a bit of British humor.

Overall a place that is a true legend and a must go for any food or history fanats!!!

  • Visited April 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Atmospheric pub”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This pub lives up to its billing and expectations. I didn't eat, so cannot comment on the food. I had a couple of pints of the Nicholson's beer - and it was in extremely good condition. Service friendly too.

My only reason for not giving a five rating is that I think a games machine is somewhat inappropriate in such a historic pub.

  • Visited April 2013
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everywhere
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“A good Fish & Chips and cozy historical environment”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Talk about your quaint, little, stereotyped English pub... this is it!! steeped in history... hangout of the self named "Inklings"... It's a fantastic experience to have a few pints (perhaps more than a few)...and a fish & chips and enjoy a good conversation with friends....
The bar unspoken rules are in effect so don't even attempt to jump the line.....or you'll get some dirty looks for sure....
and keep your hears open for that last bell....that means order a few pints for the table.....
and remember to take your turn buying rounds for the table...it's a pub rule too!!!

  • Visited April 2013
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Chino Hills, California
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“Definitely enjoyable!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Not only famous for it's past guests (Tolkien and Lewis), but a great English pub on its own merits. The food is good, and the atmosphere is great. This has all you need to truly have been to get the "pub" experience in Oxford, as well as a great meal.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“The Tolkien/Lewis fans should NOT miss the Eagle and Child!”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Arrive early.It usually opens at 11 before noon(In my case it opened at 1 pm due to some problems with the toilets but no matter It was worth it) so you better get there a few minutes before that because the place is crowded!There wasn't a single empty table half an hour after I got in.So be quick and if you are lucky enough to be one of the first visitors go to the Rabbit room where Tolkien,Lewis and others used to gather.Then sit back and enjoy,soak the atmosphere,order a pint(or two) and something to eat.The food is good don't hesitate to order as for the beer try Nicholson's(there may not be a lot of varieties for the ale but I enjoyed mine).As for the "funny smell" it's not something to worry about a lot of old pubs I have visited have the same smell.For some reason I decided that it smelled like old wood(or at least it reminds me of it) so that's a + for me as it really gives you that sense of something which has been there for a long time gives you a little sense of the history of this place.So to sum up - be quick,get the preferred seats and have a great time(I certainly did)!

  • Visited March 2013
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