ONE of Oxford's most historic pubs is due to undergo a facelift. 

The Turf Tavern, hidden away in Bath Place, off Holywell Street, is to have its exterior redecorated by owner Greene King.

Plans submitted by the pub chain said it wanted to repaint the tavern – which has foundations dating back to the 13th Century – and reduce the number of signs to cut down on "clutter".

It has to gain permission from Oxford City Council for the work, because the tavern is a Grade II-listed building.

The plans state: "Greene King is planning to invest in the ongoing upkeep and preservation of this building, carrying out internal and external redecorations in line with its brand standards design guidelines for Old English Inns."

The Turf, which was has been a pub since the 17th century but is believed to have foundations dating back to the 13th century, has a rich history.

Many well-known faces have enjoyed a drink under the eaves, including former US President Bill Clinton and leading physicist Prof Stephen Hawking.

The unusual layout of the tavern includes winding passageways and courtyards, concealed by foliage and awnings, and was built just outside the city wall to escape the jurisdiction of local colleges.