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Places to Eat in Oxford

  • Pizza Express off Cornmarket
    Don't let the name put you off. This excellent pizza restaurant is located in a medieval inn where restoration efforts have revealed the medieval wall paintings that adorned the homes and public places of the respectable people of the Middle Ages.
  • The Eagle and Child
    Located in St. Giles, this small pub hosted the weekly morning meetings of the Inklings for thrity years. They now serve a wide array of pub food.
  • The Head of the River
    On the Isis (Thames) at Folly Bridge down St. Aldates Street, the Head of the River has tables outside overlooking the river where Warnie Lewis kept his cabin cruiser the Bosporus.
  • The King's Arms
    At the center of academic life, the King's Arms sits on the corner of Holywell, Parks Road, and Broad Street opposite the Clarendon Building and the Bodleian Extension. A popular spot for Oxford students, it gave comfort to the Inklings during the war when the Eagle and Child ran out of beer.
  • The Lamb and Flag
    In St. Giles across from the Eagle and Child, the Inklings retreated here when their favorite pub modernized and remodeled the room where they had always gathered.
  • The Mitre
    This old hotel and restaurant has figured in Oxford life for centuries. Friends and family of the Inklings stayed here in the days before and after The Great War, and it was a favorite spot for supper before the Thursday night gathering of the Inklings.
  • The Trout at Lower Wolvercote
    A nice hike across Port Meadow, or an easy bus trip to Lower Wolvercote, leads to The Trout, a medieval inn situated beside the Thames. Be sure to sample the sticky toffee pudding after your fish and chips. The Inklings stopped here on the boat cruise up the Thames the weekend that Britain declared war on Germany.
  • The White Horse
    This small pub in Broad Street next to Blackwell's also provided a source of refreshment for the Inklings during World War II when the beer gave out at the Eagle and Child.
  • Vickers Hotel in Woodstock
    An easy city bus ride will carry you the ten miles to Woodstock, the seat of the Churchill family and gateway to the Cotswolds. Vickers Hotel was a favorite dining destination for the Inklings. Spend the afternoon in Woodstock with its antique shops and Blenheim Palace, home to the Churchills since Sir John Churchill was created the first Duke of Marlborough.