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chriso (356) London, England | April 12, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
From notes from a visit in 2012 but have visited many times over the years. Iím a bit of a sucker for pubs that are tucked away down alleyways and this is one such. Used to be really atmospheric and hard to find when I first visited years ago but itís now a Greene King pub so, although it still has a historic feel the ambience is much more corporate than it once was. Itís been extended over the years and thereís now a big patio which seemed to be largely populated by diners on a brief lunchtime visit. The beer range isnít just Greene King standards but not too exciting. There are a couple of house beers that may be rebadges. Service was very slow, mainly because the bar staff were largely occupied with taking food orders from the aforementioned large numbers of diners, which seemed to involve a high degree of faffing around. If youíve never been to Oxford before you should definitey take a quick look but itís not what it was.
yiannnos (24) , Cyprus | August 11, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 8/20
Nice pub, but selection is average. 10 casks of mostly light bitters, but youíre not gonna get any better in oxford.
Brugmansia (356) Jylland, Denmark | January 11, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited this place 23/10-11, with great beerfriends.
This very old town pub is a visit worth for the pub it self. It can be very difficult to find, but if you see a pink hotel, you are very close ;-)
Being a Green King Pub thats what mostly get there but they have a few guests as well..
imdownthepub (398) Banbury, England | December 8, 2012
42 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 9/20
Make this number 4 on the notional Oxford Pub Crawl. This is classic Oxford territory, tucked away under one of the city walls, you have to pass down alleyways to find it, unfortunately so have the tourist guides. 18th century with low beamed bars, it is several cottages knocked through, and a classic outside loo! The real reason for visiting this pub though is the beer choice, Microís from all over the UK make an appearance, like a constant festival. Complete nights can be consumed by merely moving across the handpumps. Youíll not find any staff who know what they are talking about, so you will have to strike lucky and find a fellow beer purveyor. Current Oxford Pub of the Year, that is how good the beer is.
Updated Rating Dec í12 - Unfortunately this pub has gone down hill from my previous rating. The beers are often served in poor condition, the tight bar means that to get served is very difficult and you often do not get the beer you asked for and are overcharged. Not a regular for us now.
sir__v (39) Lille, France | September 30, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place to drink beer, there are a good selection of beers. The place is atypical, really strange organisation but really pleasant. Population is young and pleasant too. Bar keeper will help you to choose the good beer for you.
lada66 (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A must place. Not so easy to find. A good selection of real ales in a good condition. Maybe too busy in the evening (19.6.2009).
Boudicca (617) London, England | February 22, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
In the late 1970s the Turf Tavern was tucked out of the way, it didnít serve food and it was quite unspoilt. It isnít spoilt now but it does have the feeling of ďcashing inĒ. Itís still of out of the way of course, down a series of crooked alleyways, but no longer difficult to find as there are discreet pointers all the way to ďAn education in intoxication (The famous Turf Tavern)Ē.
These bring you out into a small courtyard where famous visitors (and Morse) are depicted on the wall and thereís a large second terrace under two huge parasols. The pub itself seems to be a collection of old buildings tucked inside the town walls and you move from a tiny bar to a less tiny bar to an upstairs eating area which was packed with diners.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
Fin (491) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 18, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve visited here countless times over the years and whilst it has itís moments and Iíve had some good times here, it doesnít really do it for me. It is clearly an interesting, atmospheric pub that is dripping in history, one only has to look at a remant of the old city wall running alongside the pub to see that this place has some tales to tell and dates back some considerable time. The pub itself is almost always busy as despite the trickiness in getting to it (its tucked away) the tourists still flock here. The beers are from a GK list (I believe) and so whilst you might get some occasional beers of interest much of the choice is hardly exciting. ceilings are low in the older front part of the pub. So whilst not itís biggest fan I have to say it is probably worth a visit for the first timer.
dula117 (10) , | November 2, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 10/20
nice terrace. Very big and cozy pub
highoctane (11) Oxford, England | October 4, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Turf benefits from an interesting location, historic building, lively atmosphere, and good reputation. They have 8-10 taps, half of which rotate quite regularly. As of late, their options havenít been very inspiring and due to the summer crowd they keep running out of beer. Last time I went there was only one cask on...But for the ambiance, there isnít a pub in Oxford that can match it, especially during term time. If it was last year, I would have given it a higher score, but lately, due to the beer choices and food, I have to give it a lower score.
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