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Another place long associated with ‘Literary Oxford’ is the historic Eagle and Child Pub in the central St Giles area where the now-famous ‘Inklings’ group, which included such literary luminaries as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, etc., would all meet periodically to go over their drafts and get feedback on their manuscripts.
Here, you can still view the commemorative plaque on the wall in the Rabbit room, in the centre area of the pub, where you can have a glass wine or a pint and dine today. The ‘Inklings’ nicknamed the pub ‘The Bird and Baby’. A public house since 1650, it takes its name from the crest of the Earls of Derby. Earlier, during the time of the Civil War, the building was used as the playhouse for Royalist soldiers.
Conveniently located at 49 St Giles in the city centre area, the Eagle and Child is not far from the Ashmolean and other major sites. For more information, and opening times, visit NicholsonsPubs.co.uk
If you would like to stay close to the Eagle and Child in St. Giles, we have a number of apartments situated in nearby Jericho including a ground floor studio apartment, a spacious one bedroom apartment or a one bed Victorian town-house with courtyard garden.
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