A pound or two with your pints

Pound notes (and equivalents) and pints in Oxford’s Turf Tavern,  December 2017


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

Posted as part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

17 thoughts on “A pound or two with your pints

  1. What a history, Debbie! I guess it’s in for a penny, in for a pound, right? 🙂 But 11 seconds is what wowed me. (Make me feel a bit like burping just to read it.)



  2. My kind of bar. Truth be told, any bar is my kind! 🙂 But I don’t frequent them as much as in my youth. I’m married now!

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    1. It seemed a great place – but I only went in for photos, not a drink!!
      That is very unusual for me.
      Ha ha! That drives many men to visit the bar even more often


      1. Morse, from a (many) (cultural) distance was an interesting “British” view on life and things. Being a quarter Brit myself, made me smile. And it’s nice that they invited you to take the photos. One thing about the old (vs the new) world, a place can be 5 centuries old and it’s normal. Be good Debbie.


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