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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The service was terrible, the waiter ruined my daughter’s 18, the one that served table 129; they literally came and took away the empty cups while my daughter was celebrating at midnight, moreover, they didn’t allow her to drink even if she was turning 18....It was horrible, we’re never coming back.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice spot for a drink or meal. The entrance is very atmospheric and the bar staff helpful along with serving staff, everyone was friendly.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Greene King, General Manager at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Disgruntled1108, we're glad you had such a wonderful experience with us! We hope to be of service to you again in the future. Best wishes, Turf Tavern Oxford

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lovely pub, impossible to book, website shows no availability for any date in to the future, when you call the phone is never answered. Just go on spec and hope for the best but have a plan B for one of the other watering holes...in Oxford.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Greene King, General Manager at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ian C,we don’t take any bookings between 1st May -September so that’s why the booking portal has no availability I’m afraid. We were exceptionally busy this bank holiday weekend so only had minimal time in the office to answer the phone. We are looking...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great experience, the pub was heaving yet we managed to get a table quickly. Rhys was great with getting us sorted out with drinks. He was welcoming & friendly. Overall we had a fab evening in a lovely pub I'd recommend to...people.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Greene King, General Manager at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Journey57821462044, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Turf Tavern Oxford! We do hope we can be of assistance in the future. Take care!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Old establishment with good food and a large drink selection. I enjoyed both dishes I had and both beverages. Service was good and fast.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Greene King, General Manager at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Amd907, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! Amd907, thanks for taking the time to leave a review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This s a great pub with very friendly staff and great choice of beers. We frequent this pub every time we visit Oxford and usually the food is good. Yesterday we chose Ale and Steak Pie. Chips and cabbage were fine but the pie was...a disaster. Soggy pastry with very little meat, just 4 or 5 very small pieces. It was scalding hot, all of which would suggest it was heated up in a microwave. Come on Turf Tavern you can do better than that. Will still visit but steak pie definitely off the menu choice for us.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Greene King, General Manager at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your recent experience and we are sorry you had issues with the pie, we will feed back your comments to our suppliers for them to look into. We do hope you let us know at the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A quirky pub not to be missed in Oxford. Very friendly and helpful bar staff. Outside shelters with heaters made our stay more than pleasant .

Date of visit: April 2024
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Greene King, General Manager at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the high rating, it's really appreciated We look forward to your next visit, take care!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An institution in Oxford with lots of great drinks on draft and loads of outdoor seating options. Have eaten here a few times as well and the food is consistently good (albeit it is pub grub nothing more nothing less). Definitely worth a visit if...you can find it !More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Greene King, General Manager at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Timj652, thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! We can't wait to see you again, have a great day.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really pretty good. Looked after our dog Frank really well and the food was really nice. Great experience. Would definitely come back.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Greene King, Owner at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Such a nice review to read, thank you so much. Have a great day, all the best!

Reviewed 29 March 2024 via mobile

Tucked away behind Holywell Street, this pub has multiple rooms inside and a beer garden outside. It breathes old age, which I love, but some may not. Crowded around lunch and dinnertime, you may want to get a reservation in. Also, beware you need to...remember your table number and order at the bar! The staff manage to be polite and friendly even when they're rushed off their feet, so kudos to them. I had a burger and a beer, both good if not exceptional. You want to get "old" vibes without the tweeness that can take over in Oxford? Go here.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Greene King, Owner at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2024

Regardsval, thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! We're looking forward to your next visit with us!

Reviewed 28 March 2024

I ate the typical fish and chips. They weren't bad but they weren't special either. I expected something better. The tavern was crowdy and no waiter advised me that I had to order the food via the QR code or get up to the counter....It's true that it says it in the bottom corner of the menu, but who reads that? I was waiting for at least 15 minutes watching the waiters pass by, looking at them insistently but without them acknowledging me.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Greene King, Owner at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2024

Hi we do have it written in various places around the pub as well as on the table numbers themselves and the menus on how to order with us . We apologise but we are a busy venue and team do their very best to...More

Reviewed 25 March 2024

Steak was the toughest meat I can remember eating. Wife had the steak too because they were out of chicken Kiev. My jaws ache, and the steak knife wasn’t sharp enough for the sinew and gristle. Good atmosphere though.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Greene King, Owner at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2024

Hi Jeremiah C, we regret to hear that you are displeased with your recent experience with us. We hope you made us aware so we could rectify the meal. We will feed this back to our meat suppliers to ensure we are getting the best...More

Reviewed 12 March 2024

This is our go to place to eat when visiting my son in Oxford. Great value for money, friendly staff, the pub itself has bags of character and our dog is welcome too. The last time we visited Reece served us and made us all...feel very welcome….nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Greene King, Owner at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2024

Such a nice review to read, thank you so much. We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 6 March 2024 via mobile

Historic pub in a lovely setting - if you can find it. But £7 a pint? That's appalling. Obviously trying to milk tourists and wealthy overseas students. And if you're over 5ft 6ins, wear a helmet.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Greene King, Owner at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2024

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your resent visit. Although some pints are £7, the price of pints start at £5.35. We are also cheaper than our 2 closest pubs. Unfortunately Oxford is quite expensive and we certainly are not...More

Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Lovely traditional old English pub. Loved the setting. Food was mixed: the beyond meat burger was lovely but the steak in the ciabatta was very tough. Service was quick.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Greene King, Owner at The Turf Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Thanks for the positive rating We're looking forward to your next visit with us!

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Hi! You are absolutely right to call and book ahead. Their website has a 'Book' section but it seems to be down that you have to call them to make a booking. Their number is 0044 (0) 1865 243 235 I hope this helps!
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i have never had a sunday roast there, but I'm sure there are options, as for a childs roast , I did see children eating so I guess they must do. find there number and call to avoid possible dissapointment
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5