The Oxford Mail reports that the feast following this evening’s unveiling of the memorial plaque to Evelyn Waugh at the Abingdon Arms in Beckley is a sell out. No tickets or reservations are needed fot the 630pm ceremony at which Alexander Waugh and Barbara Cooke will preside, and I am sure you are welcome to service at the bar. Here’s an excerpt from the report:
The plaque being unveiled today will carry the words: ‘Evelyn Waugh, Author, wrote, drank and loved here 1924-1931.’ July 28 has been chosen for the unveiling because it was on this date in 1924 that Waugh attended a big feast in a barn next to the pub. He wrote in his diary that ‘until about 3 in the morning the whole village sat and ate and drank and danced and sang.’
In recognition of its role of the pub in the writer’s life, villagers will hold their own ‘big feast’ at which diners will enjoy a four-course menu created by the pub’s chef. Co-tenant Aimee Bronock said: “Many people know this as the pub where Lewis Carroll was said to have been inspired to write Alice Through the Looking-Glass by the magnificent view over Otmoor. “We’re thrilled to be highlighting a more recent literary connection as well.”
The feast is sold out but drinkers can attend the unveiling at 6.30pm.