The Lamb and Flag
12 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3JS, UK
+44 1865 515787
Sun 12pm - 10:30pm
Mon - Sat 12pm - 11pm
Literary HangoutIt’s difficult to choose just one pub in Oxford, but the Lamb & Flag is rather special - it’s owned by one of Oxford’s richest colleges, St John’s, and even has its own graduate scholarship funded by the profits. Never has consuming a pint of beer been so altruistic.
An alehouse from around 1695, it has seen many a famous literary client nursing a drink in the shadows. Thomas Hardy is said to have written most of Jude the Obscure from here, the Inklings (a group of writers including C.S. Lewis) made it their regular meeting place and Tolkien first read out instalments of The Lord of the Rings inside. Aficionados of the Inspector Morse TV series will recognise the bar where the famous detective solved crimes over his pint of ale.