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Turf Tavern, Oxford

5 Bath Place
Phone: 01865243235
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Greene King

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Turf Tavern

Tucked away down a rather scruffy alleyway, you’re not likely to stumble across this pub by accident with only a small and discrete sign at the top of the alley indicating the presence of the pub. Clearly it’s well known though and was certainly attracting a steady stream of punters on our Friday afternoon visit.

First impressions suggest a quaint old pub, and this feeling continues as you walk through the front door. Investigate further though, and you’ll find it’s something of a Tardis, with the pub extending far further back than you would initially suspect, presumably as a result of several buildings being knocked together. The front bar is really quite small and atmospheric, with a very low beamed ceiling (several punters had to duck, or stand with their head either side of the beams), dark wooden boards on the floor and blue wood panelling on much of the walls as well as some exposed stonework in places. There was a very tiny stone fireplace although this was clearly no longer used and a few old black and white pictures dotted around the walls. The rear bar looked to be broadly similar in terms of décor, although without quite so much cosy charm perhaps. We did not investigate beyond this, but it looked as though many people here were eating. The only downside really was the temperature, with a couple of doors being left open it was far too cold despite the heat coming from the radiators.

Beers on tap were Old Mulled Hen, Greene King IPA, Nottingham Legend and Woodforde’s Norfolk Nog. Ciders meanwhile were Old Rosie, Lilley’s Apple & Pear and Thatcher’s Haze. I noticed one punter asking for a glass of tap water being directed to help themselves from a tap on the rear bar which seems fair enough as they don’t charge for it, and I found the service to be swift and efficient despite how busy they were. Overall, well worth making the effort to track down.

On 16th November 2018 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about Turf Tavern

A well known and well documented pub which needs no further description from me.
It looked a welcoming spot on a glorious day with a courtyard garden full of Oxford's beautiful people and, we hoped, a bar full of excellent beer to quench the thirst.
Entering the bar is when the illusion fell apart with GK IPA and Band of Brothers, White Horse War Horse and one other and Wadworth 6X being offered. These were largely duplicated over 12 hand pumps with 2 ciders making up the numbers.
A swift pint of very average War Horse and the quest to slake a real thirst continued elsewhere.

On 24th April 2018 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about Turf Tavern

As a student I lived virtually opposite for three years so this was my college's local and easy to find; less than a minute's walk for us. The pub is located at the bottom of Bath Place, seemingly a blind alley. At the bottom, turn left and walk through the wardrobe. To emphasise the place's historic credentials, there's no Wifi, no 4G (or any G for that matter), not even a phone signal!
Unquestionably Oxford's most famous pub, this is a must-visit, with its outdoor braziers in winter (hopefully still in situ), multi-room layout and impossibly low ceilings with beams painted black, sadly. The only obvious major change since my last visit is that the wood panelling has been painted the all-pervasive 'gastropub' grey/blue.
On the minus side, the staff are impossibly overworked and in cramped conditions meaning that service can be painfully slow. The choice of ales too isn't a strong point with just Sharp's Doom Bar, Greene King's Radio X Amplified, Belhaven/Orkney Brewery's Kittiwake and Sadler's Sun Catcher on show last weekend.
This is a magnet for students and tourists so is best visited during the Michaelmas/Hilary term holiday when the students are absent and tourists are at a minimum.

On 1st September 2017 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Oxford, 0.83 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 3.71 miles, 1 hr 11 min walk (show)
Radley, 5.64 miles, 1 hr 48 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 31 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 12 November 2019 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 31 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 31 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 31 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 31 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 31 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 31 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 June 2020 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
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