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Turf Tavern

St Helen's Passage

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Sunday11.00 am - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

11 - 9


Greene King

About the Pub

One of the most famous pubs in Oxford, and yet one of the most difficult to find - stand under the Bridge of Sighs and you’ll see the sign. In all the guide books so popular with tourists. It’s not actually as old as it looks (it dates from the end of the 18th century), nor is it as old as the city wall that bounds the garden to the south. There are several rooms with two bars and 8 hand pumps in total although most of them double up. Outdoor seating is in the walled garden area and a small patio area outside the front door, heated by braziers in winter. Features in Thomas Hardy's novel 'Jude the Obscure' as 'an obscure and low-beamed tavern' which he renamed the Lamb & Flag. The pub claims that this is where former US President Bill Clinton famously "did not inhale".

Historic Interest

Claims to have been frequented by many famous figures, both real (Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, CS Lewis) and fictional (Inspector Morse).

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Greene King IPA
  • Greene King Turf Tavern Ale

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Greene King Abbot
  • Prescott Grand Prix

Source: National

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Turf Tavern, Oxford


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Usually 2

  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    10% off real ales.

  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Turf Tavern

St Helen's Passage

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51.754749, -1.25304


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Closest Station (1200m)



In alley between Bath Place and New College Lane

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