Notable Patrons: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis
This University pub, which dates way back to the mid-17th century, served as the official meeting place for Tolkien, Lewis, and the rest of their writing group, called the Inklings. From 1933 to the early 1950s, the group met weekly in the Rabbit Room, the bar's private back lounge, to distribute and critique each other's unfinished manuscripts.
Today, the walls of the cozy Rabbit Room are decorated with bits of memorabilia, framed photos of the authors, and a signed document with a note -- "The undersigned, having just partaken in your ham, have drunk to your health" -- from the authors to the former owner.