Historic Lamb & Flag pub to reopen
The Lamb & Flag is to reopen following an agreement between St John’s College and The Inklings Group.
Oxford’s historic Lamb & Flag is to reopen following an agreement between St John’s College and The Inklings Group.
The Inklings Group – named in honour of the pub’s former patrons J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis et al. – has been established as a Community Interest Company and has signed a long-term lease to relaunch the pub.
"Several hundred people, brought together by a love of Oxford and the Lamb & Flag pub, have established the Inklings Group to secure the future of this well-loved pub," says Kate O’Brien, chairman of The Inklings Group. "We are determined to ensure that the next 408 years of this beloved pub will be as fun, interesting and impactful as the last 408 years.
"Our hope and belief is that the pub will remain as a community asset at the centre of the magical Oxford scene. The funds to ensure a sustainable future for the pub have already been committed. This community project is not exclusive in any way and all are welcome to become an Inkling."
The pub’s character will be preserved, and it will undergo light redecoration and refurbishment. It is expected to open in time for this year’s festive season.
Savills advised St John’s College on the letting.