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This Is The Coolest Pub Ever

Can you imagine sitting at a table next to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as they chatted about literature? Or, even sitting next to them and listening as they discussed the weather, soccer, or gardening? Wouldn’t that be fascinating?

If you were lucky enough to visit the Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, you might have had that opportunity. The pub is where Tolkien and Lewis regularly met as part of The Inklings, a group of writers and poets from Oxford who often met to drink beer while reading and critiquing each other’s work.

Among the works read included the first draft of The Lord of the Rings. Can you imagine?

Reading the first draft of the greatest fantasy novel ever written while drinking a pint of stout? Just the thought sends chills down my spine!

The Eagle and Child has been located in the same building since 1650, but its history as a watering hole for some of the world’s most famous writers is understated, with only a plaque on the wall and some of their books on display. Still, people flock to the pub to drink a beer where Tolkien and Lewis once sat and discussed Gandalf and Aslan.

You better believe I’ll drink a pint there if I ever make it to Oxford.

Here’s a short video that details some of the pubs in Oxford, including The Eagle and Child.

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15 Comments Post a comment
  1. On the bucket list! =D

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    July 15, 2014
  2. I live in Oxford and sometimes pop in for a drink at this pub (it’s one of the few traditional pubs left in the city – most are turning into ‘gastro’ pubs). It’s always very crowded with students nowadays but it’s pleasant to have a drink in the very seats Tolkien and others occupied decades ago!

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    July 15, 2014
  3. I live a little way away from the “Bird and Baby” (as the Inklings referred to it) and can certainly recommend it. Not just for the history either: the beer is exceptional. I also attend church just down the road, and so do a few of Tolkein’s descendants and CS Lewis’ secretary Walter Hooper. I definitely live in a great part of the country 🙂

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    July 15, 2014
  4. Personally I prefer the Lamb and Flag across the road, which often turns up in Morse and related series. It’s also not quite so pokey. A bit further down from St Giles onto the Woodstock Road is the Royal Oak.

    “Bird and Baby”, however, does have the distinction of being the inspiration for the stuff about Hobbits and Eagles int he Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Not sure if the Royal Oak has anything to do with Ents, nor if the Lamb and Flag has anything to do with the ending of Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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    July 15, 2014
  5. oh my goodness – that sounds like heaven!

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    July 15, 2014
  6. I might even learn to drink a pint if I went there.

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    July 15, 2014
    • I believe you would be a quick learner. It’s not difficult. 🙂

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      July 16, 2014
  7. That’s awesome! I would have loved to sit and chat about books and writing with Tolkien and Lewis (my favorite authors). I was definitely born in the wrong generation.

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    July 15, 2014
  8. Reblogged this on ashesandstone and commented:
    i would die for this

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    July 15, 2014
  9. Totally going to visit here if/when I go to oxford anytime soon!!! 🙂

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    July 15, 2014
  10. I’ve been dreaming about going to that pub for a year and a half. If I had a bucket list, this would be on it!

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    July 15, 2014
  11. Son espacios realmente hermosos además de interesantes para la cinematografía e inspiradores en literatura.

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    July 20, 2014

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