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Turf Tavern

4 Bath Place, off Holywell Street, OXFORD, OX1 3SU

A jewel of a pub, and consequently one of Oxford's most popular, although it's not easy to find, as it is approached through hidden alleyways, which, if anything, adds to its allure. Previously called the Spotted Cow, it became the Turf in 1842, probably in deference to its gambling clientele; it has also had brushes with literature, film and politics. The Turf Tavern is certainly one of the city's oldest pubs, with some 13th-century foundations and a 17th-century low-beamed front bar. Three beer gardens help ease overcrowding, but the 11 real ales and reasonably priced pub grub keep the students, locals and visitors flowing in.

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Tel: 01865 243235
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Principal beers

Guest ales


All day all week
11-11 (Sun 12-10.30)


25 Dec


Children welcome.
Dog friendly.
Coach parties catered.



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