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“Quaint”

The Eagle and Child
Ranked #41 of 680 Restaurants in Oxford
Price range: US$6 - US$17
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Missus wanted to see where Lewis and Tolkien supped. Old fashion pub that is long and narrow. Food was average. My chicken, bacon and brie was overdone and just edible. Fried potatoes could be cooked better. Traded on it's past.

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Thank Tim029
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We visited oxford with friends and took them to this pub for lunch,we had been before.On arrival I was surprised to see how quiet it was,as usually it is very busy standing room only. We were greeted by a very miserable bar man no smile or polite hello. We persevered we girls went and found a table while the men ordered drinks. We ordered our food again with Mr misery, the food was brought to our table by very friendly polite welsh young man. The food was poor green beans cold and not cooked the rest of the meal very mediocre. The ladies toilet was filthy and the one sink was blocked and looked like it had been for some time with a ring of grime around basin plus other unsightly stuff. The disabled toilet was also blocked according to sign on the door apparently the gents was just acceptable . So a very disappointing visit

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Thank Sue C
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Totally average. This was once an incredible local pub, but has been ruined by leaning far too heavily on Tolkien. Now more akin to a chain pub. Avoid.

Thank Matt T
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

So, this is really more of a book-lovers must-go type place, for the experience.

Service is something most people complain about, but it is a self-service establishment. You find your own table, your choose your food and drinks, and you head up to the bar to place your order. It is a small bar counter, with one, maximum two servers, who do both jobs of taking the order, and make the order (cocktails, Pimms etc), so do expect to wait. They will serve you, so do take note of your table number. Basically, everything is really chill and slow, for slow eveings.

I do recommend going early though, because it is quite the popular hangout. Went with my mum and the only table left was a strip of wood nailed to the wall with two bar stools. Slightly uncomfortable, since it was also the walkway, but there ya go -- experience.

Food-wise, it was decent. We ordered the fish & chips and the bangers & mash. The bangers and mash were good. I liked the onion gravy a lot. And proper sausages too. Mash was very buttery and creamy. The fish and chips were fine. Good chips, though the fish wasn't very fresh, which was a pity, because it was coated in a lovely batter.

Choice of cask ales were good. My mum loves her ales, despite the summer heat, and we enjoyed them tremendously.

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Thank Joanna L
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Walked in waited 5 minutes to get served, got fed up so walked out and went across the road to the Lamb and Flag

3 bar staff and no one could be bothered

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Thank T800MAJ
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