“An education in intoxication” - The Turf Tavern, (or just “the Turf” to locals) is a popular but well-hidden gem in central Oxford, located at the end of a narrow winding alley called St Helens Passage - historically known as Hell’s passage! Its substructure and use as a malt house and drinking tavern date back to 1381, and the low-beamed front bar area was put in place sometime in the 17th century. The Turf was originally called “The Spotted Cow” but changed in 1842. However, one of the remaining sections of the old city wall runs along one side of this historic pub and with the Bridge of Sighs nearby, this atmospheric and busy location is frequented by University students. It’s also where former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a Guinness World Record for consuming a yard glass of ale in an impressive 11 seconds in 1963, and served as a hangout for the cast and crew of the Harry Potter movies when filming took place at the nearby colleges! We recommend the cask ale Black Bewty, a White Horse special, and some of the intriguing ciders like Old Rosie and Lilleys Apple and Pear.