The photo above fell out of an old picture album the other day and has been lingering in my desk ever since. The picture is of some friends and I at the Trout Inn at Godstow, Oxfordshire in 1997.
Coincidentally I came across this lovely article about Snowdrops at Godstow online today: http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/4861662.Snowdrops__at_Godstow/
Walter Hooper notes on page 790 of Volume III of The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis: "The Trout Inn, one of Lewis's favourite places, is a few miles outside Oxford on Godstow Road and faces the Thames. It was built in the sixteenth century and by 1625 it was serving as an inn. The two-storey building was rebuilt in 1757. Its interior is very cosy with flagstone floors, beamed ceilings and log fires. The Inklings went there often in the summer when they could have their drinks outside by the river."
Here is a photo of Lewis with James Dundas-Grant, Colin Hardie, R. E. Havard and Peter Havard at the Trout:
Walter Hooper also notes, "Dr. R. E. Havard and James Dundas-Grant often took Lewis to the Trout Inn at Godstow after meetings of the Inklings. Dundas-Grant said in 'From an "Outsider"', Remembering C. S. Lewis, p. 371: 'Sometimes, in the summer, after we had dispersed, Havard would run Jack and me out to The Trout at Godstow, where we would sit on the wall with the Isis flowing below us and munch cheese and French bread.'" (Collected Letters, Volume III, p. 1481.)
Sounds good to me! Pub crawl anyone?