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The Eagle and Child

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The Eagle and Child, also known as "Bird and Brat" and "Bird and Baby", was the public house where the Inklings would meet on Tuesday mornings.

Christopher Lee visited the pub during the 1950s, and one time he met J.R.R. Tolkien in person.

In the back room, there is a small plaque on the wall commemorating The Inklings meetings.

In April 2006, British Consumer Campaign "The Campaign for Real Ale" (CaMRA) announced that they would be placing commemorative plaques outside British pubs of historical or cultural significance. In the initial list of 14 proposed plaques, "The Eagle and Child" was named.

The Inklings also met at the Lamb and Flag which is directly across the road.

Sign of the Bird and Baby Inn in The Lord of the Rings Online

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online: The Bird and Baby Inn is Michel Delving's major hub of social activity, and the largest tavern in the Shire. Weary travellers can indulge in food and drink, and share stories of adventures by the fire. The Bird and Baby also offers the services of a barber and healer.