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The hidden haunt of dons and students over many centuries

At a glance

Bar menu
Dog friendly

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.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 11-9, Sunday 12-9
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 11-9, Sunday 12-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Guest ales
  • Real ciders: Westons Old Rosie, Lilley's Apples & Pears, guest ciders

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

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