Eagle & Child

Pub Details

49 St. Giles
(01865) 302925
Opening Times
10am - 11pm (12.30 Fri and Sat)

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Eagle & Child, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3LU – The Good Pub Guide

Worth a Visit

Long narrow Nicholsons pub dating from the 16th c with two charmingly old-fashioned panelled front rooms, well kept Brakspears, Hook Norton and interesting guests, good choice of food from sandwiches to Sun roasts, friendly service and bustling atmosphere, stripped-brick back dining extension and conservatory, Tolkien and C S Lewis connections (the Inklings writers' group used to meet here); games machine; children allowed in back till 8pm, open (and food all day)


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Rating: 3/5 (378 votes cast)

Reader Comments

Can't agree more on the food: unprintable rubbish. This was a lovely pub in the 60s and 70's, today it's just a tourist trap designed to turn tourists off pubs for ever. Take it out!

The beer may be well kept and the former literary connections impeccable but this is a very poor pub: the food is badly prepared, basic and pricey while the atmosphere is cold and the bar staff (foreign to a man) completely uninterested. Coming back here after ten years absence was a heartbreak, not even lucky dip level. Please in the interests of consistency and humanity - take it out!

The pub has plenty of atmosphere and staggering literary connections. And the beer is generally well-kept. However, the bar food is not particularly good value -- we found it meagre and expensive. The Lamb and Flag across the road is better value for food at lunchtimes -- and also keeps its ale in good condition.

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