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imdownthepub (398) Banbury, England | November 16, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Historic old pub on the northern end of town with well known literature links. The best part of the pub are the 2 front rooms as the back has a bit of a corridor feel. Difficult to get served easily on busy nights with just a small bar and few staff. Doesnít seem to get the best of the Nicholsonís range.
Re Rate Nov í13 - There is a marked improvement in here, much more banter despite it remaining a tourists haven, friendlier and a better changing range of beers in good condition. Now certainly worth visiting.
BOSSbrewer (50) Arkansas | October 6, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Son is a Tolkien fan and so had to go here. Food was great. Beer selection was minimal - not the place to go for beer. Also was sort of groped by an older man on my way out, which was weird. The bangers and mash were great, though.
Beershine (698) The Sunshine State, Florida | July 23, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Character pub with small but solid selection. A must for historic/literary value as Tolkein and CS Lewis had a drinking writers' club that met here.
lada66 (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A nice and cozy place on the other side of the Lamb & Flag (19.6.2009).
Beesbeer (52) , Wales | August 5, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
This pubs varies in quality over time. Last visit food was poor quality, although beer still well kept. History of pub draws me back. It was the haunt of Tolkein and CS Lewis. Lovely traditional little snugs if you can find an empty one.
Boudicca (617) London, England | February 22, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
An appealing old pub with lots of nooks and crannies and associations with JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.
The Eagle and Child, a.k.a. the Bird and Baby, is on a handsome wide street leading north from the city centre. It has only four taps but itís well worth a visit just to see the old fashioned cubicle-like rooms at the front. It also has an extension at the back which has the feeling of a boat shed and, indeed, there is a scull and oar there.
The pub was the meeting place of the Inklings, a literary group including JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, and I like to think that it may have been here that CS Lewis is famously supposed to have said, on hearing Tolkien reading a passage from the Lord of the Rings, ďNot more flipping elves!Ē (except he didnít say ďflippingĒ). Sadly, no elves were in evidence when we visited. The only fabulous creature in sight was a marble cherub sitting on a globe and playing a flute.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
FatPhil (276) Tallinn, Estonia | September 28, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely old sprawl of a pub, so if you find a nook early youíll be fine. Quality of beers available certainly good. Proper pub food too. Like almost everything in Oxford, this is no tick-fest, but by heck itís a decent pub if you like the old traditional feel (and I do).
onceblind (66) Denver, Colorado | September 19, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Smallish narrow restaurant with not much on selection, though the bartender seemed to know his stuff when I chatted with him. Great historic pub feel, but emphasis on historic. There are better places to visit, but this is a must for anyone visiting Oxford even for an hour. Got food here twice, and it was superb, just a bit pricy. Like pretty much everything else in Oxford.
dynamiteninja (47) Richmond, England | January 24, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great pub. Oldey worldy.
rosenbergh (414) Helsinki, Finland | January 11, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Cozy and comfortable pub. 5 casks. Long and rather big. Cheap (£5.00) and OK pub food. Can be crowded.
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