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The Eagle and Child

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Bar, British, Pub
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49 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, England
+44 1865 302925
11:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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711 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It felt a bit like stepping back in time into this quirky, old fashioned pub with its wooden panelled booths. We popped in for an evening tipple and sat in the cosy front window booth supping our ales.

Thank Swedishtomcat
Milton Keynes
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this pub along with many others as part of a pub tour, had mulled wine or cider in most along the way, the cider in this one was so watered down it was horrible, barman refused to swap very unhelpful

Thank Localperson-12
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ruined what used to be a brilliant little pub. Famous for Tolkien and Lewis, now part of a rubbish chain with rude staff, over priced bland food. Much better historical pubs to be found elsewhere in Oxford.

Thank Matty D
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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253 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for the supposed atmosphere, but could only get a seat in the modern room at the rear. It was crowed and thus noisy. I had wanted the beef and ale pie which they were out of at noontime, so I settled for the fish and chips, which were good but not outstanding. There was some nice artwork... More 

Thank Lipadad
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere and decor of the pub suggest that not much has changed since Tolkien and Lewis were here. Quirky little corridors and pictures/writings that boast the bar's historical heritage adorn the walls. It's just a shame that this is now part of a "chain" pub that plays awful chart music with a slightly limited choice in beverages, which slightly... More 

Thank Lewis M
Fremont, California, USA
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Try and sit in either of the two front rooms. They will give you the feel of being in an old pub. The rest of it is tables and benches and you are able to pick where you want to sit. The food was slightly overpriced based on what you can get at the Covered Market and I was disappointed... More 

Thank Rachelle A
Hopedale, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped in for a late-night dinner during a short trip to Oxford. We chose the place because of its association with JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. There's not a lot specifically associated with them in the pub, it turns out, but it was still a charming place with a lot of "old world" feel (except for... More 

Thank RogerAlix-Gaudreau
Devizes, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

About as old and quirky as it gets. Dropped in for a pint with my two Grandsons, great beer, nice service, most unusual place and terrific atmosphere. Understand why JR Tolkien and CS Lewis frequented the place.

Thank PTRaggett
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

JR Tolkien and CS Lewis went here for over 30 yrs. I went here for an hour or so and was not disappointed. The staff were friendly and quite happy to answer questions about the history. my steak was cooked just as I like it. This is a very popular place for good reason.

1 Thank Janet W
Boston, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only had drinks in this pub but you can drink in its history and atmosphere and be totally intoxicated. How do pubs like this survive in their state, glad they still do so they can be fully enjoyed.

Thank Malcybabe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 15
Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 302925
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?