Recently I was in Oxford meeting someone for a swift drink. As one does we arranged to meet in the Eagle and Child. It’s a decent pub though (in my view) too much of a tourist trap, though has decent beer and some snugs. If you don’t know, this pub was famously where The Inklings met to chat about their writings (ie Tolkien about Lord of the Rings and CS Lewis about the Narnia stories.) Its literary heritage also extends later to Kingsley Amis and I believe I’ve also read his son Martin drank there, though I may have misremembered. Meanwhile, back at the Doctor Who connection…
Nick Courtney in the Eagle and Child
It seems back in 2000, Nick Courtney surprised a group of Doctor Who fans by joining them in the Eagle and Child. The event was part of the reveal of a plaque, still there (2019) in the snug bar to the right of the front door. On a shelf is a picture of the plaque being unveiled. All very unexpected – I had been in that particular alehouse a few times in the 1980s / 90s, and probably at least once since the plaque, but never knew of its existence!
One for the scrapbook, and something to look out for if you ever go to Oxford.