The Lamb & Flag
12 St Giles
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The Lamb & Flag
This is a traditional pub situated in the heart of the Colleges, University buildings and Museums on the north side of Oxford. According to local history, there has been a tavern called the Lamb in St Giles since medieval times. As such, The Lamb moved to its present location in 1617 and became the Lamb and Flag. For the history buffs, 'Lamb and Flag' comes from the symbol of St. John the Baptist, to whom St Johns College, next to the pub, is dedicated. Plus if you can remember your school reading, you might remember that the pub was the setting for Thomas Hardy's 'Jude the Obscure' (Jude's wife, Arabella, barmaided there). CS Lewis drank here at times. These days all you get are students, though they may be famous in the future. Its traditional and friendly atmosphere offers a warm welcome to all. The real ales available are Theakstons Best, XB and Old Peculier, plus 'guest' ales. On this occasion it was Conniston Bluebird. Food is served here and can be hot or cold. These feature tradtitional pies, casseroles and Ploughman's. All served 12-2.00pm and 6-9pm. vegetarian options available. No accommodation here.
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