Food and drink
Good solid pub fare. The vegetable risotto and sticky chicken are about as far as the bird and baby goes when it comes to foreign food. Expect - and enjoy - Cumberland sausage, club sandwich, beef casserole, Scottish salmon, fish and chips or a Hereford-beef burger.
The pieces de resistance are the Great British Nicholson's Pies.
There's still a sense of authenticity about this drinking hole. The fireplaces and settles at the front of the pub hark back to the days when dons wore tweeds and spent very little time with their wives (assuming they remembered they were married).
Reasonable. No-one expects to feel loved in a British pub.
Towards the top of St Giles, a wide street (in reality three running in parallel) that heads north from the Martyrs' Memorial as far as the parish church of St Giles. For centuries The Eagle and Child was owned by University College. It was recently sold to St John's College, just opposite, for more than £1million. An extraordinary amount of Oxford is owned by the university’s older colleges who make most of their money from financial investments (the education of students is a business that only breaks even).
Breakfast is good value at £5.50; sanwiches £4.95-£5.95; the 10oz rib eye steak costs £9.95.
Tables to book
Keep to the front unless you are a lover of conservatories.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- People watching
- No fuss