Drink a glass of beer imbued with the atmosphere of the ancient University in a pub of the XVII century. This is a famous pub in Oxford. It is called “ The Eagle and the Child”.
This pub has a literary atmosphere. It is known as the “Bird and Baby” by locals. The place was the favorite of the writers J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, where they discussed and exchanged opinions of their literary works. Colin Dexter, the creator of the famous series “Inspector Morse” liked to have a rest here.
Today the Eagle and the Child is a typical English pub where you can serve decent beer. For 23 years, from 1939 to 1962, meetings of the literary circle took place here. It was organized every Tuesday from 11.30am until one o’clock. The members of the literary circle were John Ronald Reuel Tolkien the Professor of English Language and Literature and the author of the book “Lord of the Rings”, his close friend C.S. Lewis the teacher of Magdalen , the College and author of the famous “Chronicles of Narnia”, Charles Williams and Owen Barfild. At these meetings someone read an excerpt from their woks. With the time such meetings became a significant phenomenon in the cultural life of Oxford.
In memory of these events pictures and a small plaque with interesting information hangs on the walls. The corner of the table is adored with photographs of different writers.
Today, in the pub is possible not only to join its glorious past, but also to taste an inexpensive meal ordering the most popular dish in England Fish & Chips and beer. In the pub you can taste traditional historical food. The pub enjoys a great success that in the evening it is full of visitors such as college students and travelers’ from around the world. A guide for visitors hangs in the pub. To everyone who made the order is given a well-worn wooden spoon with a number. It is an old tradition of the pub. Come and taste the past!
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