The Turf Tavern Oxford..
A "Hidden" Treasure..

The Turf Tavern is a popular but well-hidden historic public house in central Oxford. Its foundations date from the 13th century and the low beamed front bar area from the 17th. It was originally called the Spotted Cow but changed its name in 1842, probably as a reaction to gambling meetings held on site.

The pub is frequented mostly by university students . It is located down a narrow winding alley, St Helens Passage, between Holywell Street and New College Lane, near the Bridge of Sighs. Running along one side of the pub is one of the remaining sections of the old city wall. Due to the mainly illegal activities of its original patrons the Turf sprang up in the area just outside of the city wall to escape the jurisdiction of the governing bodies of the local colleges.

Turn down New College Lane, across from the Bodleian Library. Pass under Oxford's much photographed Bridge of Sighs and turn left into St. Helen's Passage The passage widens and narrows as it turns corners. About 150 yards along -- just as you think you are lost -- the tiny, 17th century Turf Tavern comes into view. Go straight ahead through a tiny, green door or follow meandering passages to the right and left into beer gardens. The Turf isn't Oxford's oldest pub but parts of its foundations date from the 13th century. Inside, as with the best traditional English pubs, it is a warren of small, oddly shaped rooms, connected by narrow passages, small staircases and two small, busy bars. Food is served from 11am to 9pm. Wi-Fi is available.
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