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“Substantially improved” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Turf Tavern

The Turf Tavern
4-5 Bath Place, Oxford OX1 3SU, England
01865 243 235
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Ranked #119 of 494 Restaurants in Oxford
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Oxford, United Kingdom
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201 reviews 201 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Substantially improved”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is one of the best known and busy pubs in Oxford, especially when the weather is nice. Allow no tourist guide to tell you any different despite its hidden location.

Restaurant: Good selection of better than average food for standard central Oxford rates (read £1.50 more than it should cost). Surprisingly fast service. Inside is a rather dull pub but you're going to the Turf to sit outside, a lovely terrace that is heated in winter and covered for the inevitable showers.

Pub: Always a fine selection of beer, wine, and cider. If it's tied to a particular brewery, I can't tell which as on every visit there is seemingly a completely different selection. Staff is a tad slow as the bar is somewhat too small for the number of customers, so approach with patience. It'll pay off.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Real pub experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It might not be as flashy or clean but few pubs beat the Turf in terms of vibe.

Hidden behind Oxford's mediaeval wall remnants, the pub is full of historical charm. That alone would be reason to attract travellers but the Turf's main habitués are not Asian or American tourists, they're the city's students themselves, thanks to the relaxed atmosphere, reasonable prices and tasty food.

The ales are very reasonable and a friend of mine was very commending of the burger (I haven't tried because I don't eat meat).

Worth a visit!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A busy night!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It's always busy n this popular pub! Had to wait a couple of minutes for a table, but the excellent staff make sure there is a quick turnaround. The food is excellent and the atmosphere second to none! Anyone that loves Inspector Morse or Lewis needs to visit

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Legendary place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Always worth a visit when I'm in Oxford... Great to sit outside for lunch in the summer or warm up inside during winter. One of my favourite pubs in the city.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Plenty of good beers in an atmosphere that is unique. This is one of the must visit places of Oxford. It is at its best when it is not full of visitors. Try visiting late November around 9 in the evening. You will be back in the 13th century.
I have never eaten there. It’s not really geared up to be a resteraunt.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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