2017 Rating: Always packed, 10 real ales split over a bar split between 2 rooms with no indication what’s at the other side, which makes it annoying. Last time I was there, the staff came over as pretty dim - seemed to think that the Punk IPA at the same tower as Peroni and Stella (I’m making those two up), was another international lager. They also served short measures repeatedly. Really lost the charm it used to have. Still, with 10 hand pulls, 6 kegs, and 5 bottles, there should be something for everyone. HPs gave us 3 ticks, which were boring, but on adequate form. Still worth popping in here, I’d say, but don’t expect the Turf of yore.
2010 Rating: (4:8:11:7:x:15=76)
The selection of draught ales here is excellent, but there’s little more than that. Don’t expect a Belgian bierparadise. Quirky, characterful layout. not exactly snug snugs, but certainly some nooks are quite cosy. Helpful staff, and the cellar staff know how to keep their beer. My #1 Oxford venue. Food’s decent pub-grub, and I like my pub-grub!
Visited on a Saturday lunchtime so quite busy but the place is large and we could score a table. Decent selection of regional cask ales and cask ciders, the keg list is macro Eurolagers. Food is good price and above average for a pub. The atmosphere inside is very cozy and the place looks original and traditional, with a nice patio outside to enjoy the sun, if any. Overall, not a beer destination by any stretch of the imagination, but a more than enjoyable spot for a quick bite and a pint
A good place to head to for a beer in Oxford - if you can find it! Its a very interesting layout, and very busy when we visited late on a Saturday afternoon. The beer selection at first appears good, but actually the offered beers are a bit so-so. Still, at least there is a choice beyond Greene King’s usually array. I’ll probably come here again when next in Oxford.
Arek (61) Zielona Góra & Wrocław, Poland | January 8, 2016
Sep 2011. Nice location but hard to find. Old style pub with good selection of beer and delicious food.
Don’t be off put by the fact it’s a Greene king pub... And It’s well worth the five minutes of additional time spent trying to find this place! Quality and selection of ale is ok, not the cheapest but it’s in oxford so what can you expect!? Food was excellent and well worth a visit for that alone.
I couldn’t write a better review than the one of Chriso ! I had exactly the same experience over the years .. I really don’t like green king and their policy .. That said the Turf still worth a visit for the interior and it’s history ..
From notes from a visit in 2012 but have visited many times over the years. I’m 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 it’s now a Greene King pub so, although it still has a historic feel the ambience is much more corporate than it once was. It’s been extended over the years and there’s now a big patio which seemed to be largely populated by diners on a brief lunchtime visit. The beer range isn’t 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 you’ve never been to Oxford before you should definitey take a quick look but it’s not what it was.