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“Unexpectedly yummy food”

The Eagle and Child
Ranked #43 of 629 Restaurants in Oxford
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly yummy food”
Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Hubby insisted to eat here for the very obvious reason. As a crazy food person, I thought I would have to have a nooner or second lunch like the hobbits (but somewhere else). Surprisingly the sausage & mash was great (kept eating my son's dish) and the fish & chips was fantastic! Love the tartar sauce as it's very oniony (hubby was disgusted by it)!

Visited April 2014
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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346 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 720 helpful votes
“Nice Place”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stumbled upon this place on Saturday 5th April and were very lucky to get a table for four straight away. Many people came in and had to leave as there was not enough seating for all. We had to wait approx 30mins for our food as the kitchen was busy but we tucked into the Ossian Real Ale and Wine while we waited. The wait was well worth it and we all enjoyed an excellent meal and couldn't fault the quality. The place is fairly compact but it has a very cosy and busy atmosphere. Well worth the visit.

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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Best to go early-ish, or not on a Saturday night, if you want a seat. It seems to get more and more popular every year, but I keep coming back.

The staff are nice, and it's an uncomplicated and pleasant place to enjoy a pint or two.

I haven't eaten there, but the diners I saw looked happy and satisfied.

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Durham, North Carolina
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“Tolkein's favorite haunt in Oxford”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

We could not pass up the opportunity to have lunch at C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein's favorite pub. It is documented by a thank-you note from the Inklings themselves posted over a fireplace in the front part (formally the back part) of the space. Like many pubs, the "Bird and Baby," as the Inklings referred to it, is tiny and cramped, but the staff is welcoming and the food was very good. The beer and cider served there is excellent as well.

Visited April 2014
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

This pub/restaurant in Oxford was a regular hangout of the likes of J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis, Philip Larkin etc. It is very old and heavily beamed. We arrived for lunch and got a table in the rear conservatory. It was already quite busy. A lot of tourists of course. We enjoyed a glass of wine and ordered the chicken and mushroom pie. The most fantastic looking pies arrived with a huge and light puff pastry lid. Chipped potatoes, baby carrots and green beans as the side dish. It tasted as delicious as it looked and piping hot. Really busy with people waiting for seats so we couldn't decently hang about too long. Great food great atmosphere. Would recommend a visit to anyone visiting Oxford.

  • Visited April 2014
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