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“Cosy but very busy”
Review of The Turf

The Turf
Ranked #17 of 57 Nightlife in Oxford
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Having searched around for a pub which did food but also allowed our little dog, Graham, we finally found the lovely little quaint and ancient Turf Inn down a little cobbled lane off Hollywell Street (?) It was incredibly busy, but we were lucky enough to find a table outside in one of the three outside areas; it appeared that there were a lot of customers who had been attending graduation ceremonies and weddings (it was a Saturday). The staff were very friendly and made a fuss of Graham and all the other dogs who were also there, kindly giving them water. I had homemade fishcakes which were delicious but with rather sad looking floppy salad leaves (it was a very hot day) and my OH had steak and chips with extra chips, but the steak was a little disappointing - and Graham ended up having quite a lot of gristly bits. There's a large selection of lovely ciders - some very strong which went down very well! Well worth a visit, more for the atmosphere and the ciders than the quality of the food on a very very busy day.

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Reviewed 30 June 2013

This 13th century establishment is the ultimate English pub! It has the atmosphere, the drink and the food to match any image you might come up with. And, there is the challenge of finding it amidst the winding lanes of this university city. It is actually located down a tiny space between buildings off a narrow lane in the middle of one of the colleges, to the north of High Street - that's the best I can do. Just ask a student and they will tell you how "easy it is to find," but don't believe them when they say "and you'll see the sign." We walked past it at least twice. The address is actually 4-5 Bath Place.
Anyway, once there, either sit on the patio (if the day is sunny it will be crowded) or inside, under the low ceilings that sheltered the likes of Thomas Hardy, Richard Burton and Bill Clinton. Their Yellow Rose beer had the most hop of any I had in the country and my wife greatly enjoyed their cider offering. The food is classic Brit pub fare. I had the home-made steak and ale pie and my wife had smothered chicken - both delicious. However, you can also get risotto, salmon Nicoise and lighter fare as well - wraps, burgers, soup, chicken wings. As with most pubs, you order at the bar, which is squeezed into the tiny entry room from the patio, but they bring the drinks and food to your table.
The fun is in being there, huddled at a table in a small room with ancient beams just above you, thinking of all the great scholars, writers, personages who have passed this way. There are some larger tables for families. Just relax and breathe in the history.

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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Enjoyed the best pint of cask cider encountered during a two week trip to the UK. Husband had been there before and enjoys the real ale. It was a perfect way to spend an hour on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The place which has a great deal of outdoor seating was packed, but we found a comfortable spot and enjoyed some people watching of students and tourists.

1  Thank Amy R
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

This is where I fell in love. Not with a boy, and not even with a girl, but with sitting outside in England when it doesn't rain. After a month of truly awful weather, one of my happiest moments was sitting and not being rained on. The great atmosphere of this pub meant the world to me. The atmosphere was literally great because it didn't rain too, haha. The raincloud over my head disappeared when I went to the turf. Turf is the best pub ever. Be warned that the bathrooms are outside. But that doesn't matter if it's not raining. Make sure to duck when you walk in or you'll bruise your forehead! Oxford fun.

1  Thank Celia S
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

a must visit pub when going to oxford. Welcome staff, great place to rest after lots of sight seeing

Thank Jane B
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