Loved for 450 years, Oxford pub is Covid victim

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Loved for 450 years, Oxford pub is Covid victim

Among other greats, the historic Lamb & Flag has hosted writers J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Thomas Hardy

Gerhard Mey and Eddie Keogh

A historic pub in the centre of Oxford that has served students, scholars and literary greats for more than 450 years is shutting down, a cultural casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK’s Lamb & Flag, once frequented by the likes of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien and his friend CS Lewis, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, has suffered a disastrous loss of revenues since the start of the pandemic.

The pub opened in 1566 and was moved to its present location on St Giles, a broad thoroughfare in the city centre, in 1613. It is owned by St John’s College, one of 45 colleges and private halls that make up the University of Oxford...

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