Originally known as the Spotted Cow, this historic pub is now called the Turf Tavern.
It was born as a drinking tavern in 1381, underwent changes in the 17th century to take on the bar format that it has now and then adopted its current name in 1842.
It is believed to have inspired The Lamb and Flag, a fictional drinking establishment featured in Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. In 1963 it gained less cultural fame when the former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a Guinness World Record for consuming a yard glass of ale in 11 seconds. In the 1990s it became a regular haunt for fictional Inspector Morse. More recently, it became a popular hangout for the cast and crew of the Harry Potter movies while filming took place at the nearby colleges.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 5 December 2017
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