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The Turf Tavern, Oxford - pub details

Turf Tavern
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Address: 4 Bath Place Holywell, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3SU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 406) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Oxford (0.8 miles), Radley (5.2 miles), Islip (5.2 miles)

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For years I’ve been meaning to visit this place out of season, and see what it was like without the crowds. Well now I’ve kept my promise, though it was a Monday in October rather than a “foggy November Tuesday”. And the answer is – pretty much the charming quirky place it used to be. Some of the few people there were still foreign tourists, and the food prices were out of this world, but never mind.

The beer range appears to have shrunk, with only 6 being available, but it was still a good range, with no Greene King beers at all, and a couple of dark beers. I tried the Cottage Black Diamond ( a mild) which was quite nice. People have complained on BITE about poor service and short measures, but I didn’t see any evidence of that. I did notice that the seating in one of the courtyards had been rotated through 90% though !

Martinsh - 2 Nov 2016 22:57
I keep coming back here despite vowing that I never will again. Its trading on past glories a little bit and hiking prices to the edge of taking the p*ss. Short measures were given out time after time as well, with top-ups asked for. However, on this last visit, the Wadworth 6X was the best I'd had in many a year, so pleased that we did take some friends here for a pint.
littledrummerboy - 14 Mar 2016 15:38
The alleyway leading to this pub is situated just under the Bridge of Sighs (Hertford College). It's not that hard to find!! 6 ales on when I went in. Quite busy and the beer was well kept. This little tavern is worth a visit.
wolvesfan - 21 Dec 2015 09:24
Not that hard to find, it's just not on a road. Plenty of people in, so it can be found. The outside area is larger than the inside. very popular venue. 2 bars.
On my 2 visits here the beers were not up to scratch. UBU Purity and Bridestones Bramling, both at £3.70. Extensive food menu gives the game away, it's a Greene King pub. I would only go back to show it to someone who's not been there.
rpf1955 - 25 Feb 2015 20:55
Notoriously difficult to find, it was going on 20 years since my last visit.

It seems many pubs in Oxford have progressed in the passing years leaving the Turf in a bit of a mess.

On our visit it was packed. Proper busy, inside and out. Three deep at the bar. Which must mean they're doing something right. They are, it's a lovely historic pub. The beer was good (though the claim of 11 real ales seems a tad much).

However, the understaffed bar was struggling. Short measures were the norm.

We only got there in time for two drinks. No sooner had we sat down with our second drink than we were being asked to drink up. I found this odd, looked to the bar and saw people still being served. After being mithered and mithered we were the last to leave the pub at 2310.
Now, I understand there are people living very close by, but if the licence states silence by 11pm (I've no idea if it does, but they seemed keen to take glasses out of peoples' hands) then call last at half ten.

This pub was a let down.
vicpark - 9 Oct 2014 01:24

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