Welcome to the April edition of the Otley Pub Club newsletter. And a special welcome to our new subscribers. It’s supposed to be Spring, but not seen much sign of it yet except for the Cross going up on t’Chevin. Hopefully you enjoyed a relaxed Easter weekend? And a busy weekend for our local businesses and some good weather too! Great to see the boats back on the river – wonderful!
In March, Otley Pub Club held a pre-loved book sale in the Rose & Crown. Huge thanks to landlord Steve for allowing us to run the event and helping out. We raised nearly £200 for OPC funds – thanks to all who took part. We hope you have an enjoyable read!
Here’s a few words on the event from our Sec:
“It seems all our adverts on social media and in last month’s newsletter paid off for the book sale coinciding with World Book Day, as we’re pleased to say it was a great success! Many of the pub’s customers spent time browsing the display that covered three tables and two sets of bookshelves in a window alcove of the Rose & Crown. Others came in just to look through the books – and still others came just to leave us a donation of books of their own! In fact, I’m not sure we didn’t end up with more books than we started with!
Sadly, some of those who came in to look at the books were not interested in staying for a beer or a coffee or even a bag of crisps. Some without even the decency to say hello to the staff as they wondered in and out apparently!
Still, we are hugely grateful to Steve at The Rose & Crown for letting us ‘set up shop’ in his pub. We hope that at least some of those who came to look at the books will have realised what a nice place it is, and will come back again to try the food and drinks on offer. If nothing else, it has shown that you don’t have to be the only pub in a village to try to provide a different set of services for your customers, and that those services can still be successful even when you’re surrounded by other pubs and shops.
The same goes for the Ossett ‘Tap Takeover’ at The Horse & Farrier last month. [See article elsewhere in this newsletter.] From the two events, Otley Pub Club benefited to the tune of nearly £200, which will really help us to maintain our website and communications presence and to continue our work to promote and support all the pubs in town. So once again, a massive thankyou to the publicans and staff at The Rose & Crown and The Horse & Farrier for working with us to put on the two events.
If any other pubs in town have any events they would like us to help them organise and promote, just let us know! Likewise, if anyone reading this would like to see a new or different service, event or product made available in a pub, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do to help.
So, yes, OPC also ran Tap Takeover in conjunction with Ossett Brewery was held at the Horse & Farrier. We had a healthy number of attendees who took advantage of the Discount Card on offer, and also enjoyed quizzes, raffles and random prize-givings courtesy of Ossett Brewery who we thank tremendously and of course the H&F team for hosting the event. We hope they found it profitable! It was decided the “best” beer of the night was Rose Petal IPA (An Ossett/Adnams collaboration brew) – lovely!
Watch out for more Pub Club events in the near future – Gin Tasting anyone????
We all know that the economic situation is affecting businesses of all sorts, as well as domestic users. With this in mind, it’s understandable that some of our bars and pubs are adjusting their opening hours accordingly. More details as we get them of course. We will try to keep our website up to date, but it’s a very fluid situation so please bear with us and our hard-pressed publicans. Perhaps, check out with the venue to confirm opening times?
And of course, a call out to all publicans, if you do change hours/days of opening, please let us know via email@example.com and we’ll endeavour to get the word out there.
We’ve got the usual categories this month of Otley Events, Pub News, Pub Events and our “And Finally” piece features a new Pub of the Month!
Here we go…. OTLEY EVENTS
Otley Pub Walkers
Watch out for more regular meets and walks around the area. Last month’s walk took our intrepids a bit further afield to sample the delights Meanwood Valley Trail – https://meanwoodvalleytrail.co.uk/
An often overlooked gem. We did the 7 mile walk from Golden Acre Park into Leeds, once in midweek and the other at the weekend. What a delight. Winter walks are often disregarded but the views through the woods along the valley with leafless trees are amazing. Ok, not quite snowdrop or bluebell time, but that’s for later.
On reaching Leeds the first pub visited was The Fenton – often described as a student hangout, but what a delight! Great selection of beers. Lovely oak panelling. A proper pub! Some then X84’d home while others ventured further into the metropolis to sample the delights of the Templar Hotel, Angel (don’t use your phone!), Lamb & Flag and Duck & Drake – then X84 home – what a great day.
Why not get involved? More detail on this plus other planned walks by checking out their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/OtleyPubWalkers
Otley Folk Club
The Otley Folk Club meet every Weds evening upstairs in the Black Horse. Singers’ nights run on alternate weeks. All welcome!
Programme – all tbc:
12th April Singers Night
19th April ANGELO PALLADINO
26th April Singers Night
3rd May SALLY IRONMONGER & BRIAN CARTER
10th May Singers Night
17th May LOCTUP TOGETHER
24th May Singers Night
31st May THE CHURCHFITTERS
Turn up to play, join in or just listen!
Further off but worth noting in your diary (does anyone still have on of them?) – Ok, Smartphone calendar:
Steam Punk Weekend
Initial planning for the weekend of 5th-7th May – sure to be a blast! More news as and when we get it. 212th
Saturday 20th May 2023 For further information please visit: www.otleyshow.org.uk
Otley Walking Festival
The programme is out there for Saturday 24th June to Sunday 2ndJuly 2023 with the pub walks taking place on the 1st and last weekend of the Festival. Always popular. Often overbooked. So, get ready for the actual dates and booking processes nearer the time by liking/following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OtleyWalkingFestival/
Programme of walks around many outlets in town plus on-line at https://otleywalkingfestival.co.uk/festival-programme/
Remember to get booking as the most popular walks regularly get snapped up early!
Put the Booking Open date in your diary so you don’t miss out!
Otley Music Festival 2023 This wonderful town-wide event is taking place 23rd June to 2ndJuly. Sure to be a fantastic few days again. 10 days of musical celebrations. Check out the Festival website for acts, times, programmes etc. https://otley-music-festival.co.uk/
MORE NEWS ON THE OTLEY PUB CLUB YORKSHIRE DAY PROJECT 2023
You might remember we introduced this project in the March Newsletter and said we would announce it fully at the end of March. Since then, we’ve realised we don’t need to allow quite so much time for it to be launched and delivered by August 1st as we originally thought. So I’m afraid we’ll now be keeping you on tenterhooks until mid-May (after the Coronation of King Charles III). Until then, here’s another teaser –
We all know there’s something special about Otley’s pubs – that’s why Otley Pub Club volunteers work so hard to support and promote them. Well, coming soon, everyone in town will have the chance to show how much they agree with us – with the chance of winning fame and fortune (or maybe just a small prize) into the bargain!
The full media launch won’t now take place until Monday May 15th but our May Newsletter will contain details of how you can play your part in showing the rest of the world why Otley’s pubs are so special!
Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza
Knotford Nook, Pool Road, Otley, LS21 1EA on Sunday 10th September 2023 – 10:00 am – 4:00pm
Vehicle Entry Forms NOW AVAILABLE from our website: https://www.ovte.co.uk/
Attractions Include: Fairground Organs, Classic & Veteran Cars, Motorcycles, Military Vehicles, Heavy & Light Commercials, Tractors, Steam Engines, Trade Stands, Car Boot Sale, Displays, Brass Bands, Childrens Amusements, Punch & Judy Show, City of Leeds Pipe Band, Terrier Racing AND MUCH MUCH MORE! Admission: Adult: £5.00, Concession (over 60s): £4.00
Children under 14 FREE if accompanied by an adult over 18
FREE Car Parking
Otley’s latest Freehold pub is currently closed. We don’t have any more news as yet. You’ll get it as soon as we do.
IMPORTANT! All very quiet from sellers Thwaites as to the state of play. We understand that their selling price is deterring potential buyers (of which there were a few) due to the cost of repairs needed. There’s a PUBLIC MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY 12th April at Shadow Brewing from 7.30pm to re-launch the Community Bid. Please come along and show your support! As we said, the Community Bid Team is still in place and the project has 2 key objectives:
1) To save The Manor House as a truly historic pub
2) To create a unique Community Pub in our famous pub town
The group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/809850323595408 Or, you can follow the Community Pub Group on Twitter: @otleycommpub More public meetings are planned as the fund raising gets underway. Keep an eye on the Community Pub social media sites and if you want news, get in touch or provide support, all are welcome. Contacts above.
It appears that the last planning application has been withdrawn. We are not at all surprised by this. The poor quality application was full of holes and discrepancies. Watch this space for more news!
You may have noticed that a sign has gone up at the Tav. Either Freehold or Leasehold is on offer – free of any brewery tie.
Horse & Farrier
Again, Freehold or Leasehold up for sale. Freehold, Leasehold, Free of Tie – what does it all mean?
We’ve covered these items before but in summary:
Freehold = you buy the building. Like when you buy your house
Leasehold = the building owner rents you the building for an annual fee. The details of the lease can vary tremendously
Free-of-Tie = You are not bound to take stock from a particular supplier, brewery, pubco etc.
Bay Horse (Get well soon Jan!)
There’s a free to enter Themed Music Quiz on Saturday 15th April from 7pm (incl supper!) in support of Rachel Michael from Odds and Ends who is running the Rob Burrows Leeds Marathon on 14th May to raise money from Prostate Cancer UK – well done all! Please get along and show your support. Monthly music “The Bay Horse Jam” – going down a storm and very popular – first Sunday of every month 3pm to 6pm. A message from Jan & Dean:
“Come and join us on Sunday afternoon for an informal music session where you can sing, play, join in with other or just listen. Fresh sandwiches available for purchase. Everyone is welcome!” Dominoes night every Wednesday from 7.30pm. Includes a free supper. Watch out for the announcement of a Poker night Mondays – dates and times tbc.
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 5pm – 10.30pm
- Thurs: Noon – 10.30pm
- Friday & Saturday: Noon – 11pm
- Sunday: Noon – 10.30pm
New signage going up? Let’s hope it maintains the character of this lovely pub! However, we’re not at all impressed with the new colour scheme. Totally NOT in keeping with Otley’s oldest pub!!
Disco Night Saturday 8pm til midnight with DJ Fozzie. Drinks offers ongoing: House Doubles £3.50 with a “dash”, £4.50 with Premium Mixer
Double up on Premium Spirits for just £1.50 extra
Mon-Fri Happy Hour 3pm to 5pm 50p off selected drinks
Sun – Thurs = 11am – 11pm
Fri & Sat = 11am – Midnight
Lovely home-cooked food with lots of fantastic reviews.
Kitchen opening hours: Mon – Sat = Midday – 4pm
Sun = Midday – 4.45pm
We’re hiring!!! We’re looking for two new members to join our weekend bar team! – up to 12 hours per week – weekend shift(s) – must be over 18 to apply – no experience necessary Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Live – Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip – always a blast and usually a sell-out! Saturday 17th June from 7.30pm. More details and tickets here:
Happy Hour 5pm to 6pm Monday to Friday all beers £3 – Fantastic!
Tuesday = Pie Day! Pie (Kirkstall Core Cask range) and a Pint £9 Served 12-9pm
Wednesdays = BOGOF Burgers – Buy One Get One Free!
Great food menu available here https://blackhorseotley.co.uk/food-and-drink/
And don’t forget the lovely, refurbished rooms
Bar Opening Times:
- Sun to Weds: Midday – 10pm
- Thurs: Midday – 11pm
- Fri & Sat: Midday – Midnight
- 12 – 8pm (close 7pm Sundays)
Also, at the BH: “Fancy trying a new hobby? Intrigued to try Life Drawing? Then come along to the weekly #drinkanddraw at the Black Horse. Every Thursday 7-9pm Entry from 6.30pm. £7 a session. Bring your own materials. All abilities welcome!”
The Bowling green are looking for kitchen staff. Full and Part Time positions available. Guaranteed minimum hours contract. Free Company Shares. Earn up to 19% of wage in bonus. Complimentary meal & drink on shift. Full training provided. Send your CV to P5523@JDWETHERSPOON.CO.UK
- Mon to Thur: 8am to Midnight
- Fri & Sat: 8am to 1am
- Sun: 8am to 11pm
Tel: 01943 858980
Tuesday Quiz night from 8pm. Bingo, trivia and potential cash prizes. https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/west-yorkshire/the-bowling-green-otley
Cross Pipes (Otley’s newest Freehouse!)
Closed currently – more news as we get it.
The Curious Hop Bière Café (see PotM below)
Remember it’s in Orchard Gate – the old Groove Pad place.
‘The Beer and Book Club’ second Wednesday of every month to chat about whichever book they’ve been reading. If you want to go along on Wednesday the 12th April, not only can you get the book at a discount in the Bookshop on the Square, (unless you have it already, of course) but you’ll also get a discount on your drinks on the night. If you like books, and you like beer, why not give it a try?
They have teamed up with the lovely @acasadialessia across the way. Why not bring your pizza in and enjoy with a huge range of quality drinks? Cheers!
Expect 3 hand-pulled ales, a selection of speciality and foreign kegs, ciders and spirits. We’re dog friendly.
- Closed on Mondays
- Tuesday to Thursday 3pm-11pm
- Friday & Saturday 12noon-11pm
- Sunday 12noon-10:30pm.
Upstairs room bookable (free!) for about 20 people.
For any more details email email@example.com
Finally, for anyone worried, the @curioushop bottle shop is still open and trading around the corner on Newmarket. Pop in and have a drink next time you’re passing. Marcus and the team are sure to give you the warmest of welcomes! https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087658025663 https://www.curioushop.com/bar
Why not join us for our Early Bird menu. Tuesday-Friday 5-6.30pm – also now doing Snacks in The Snug! Early Bird Menu 5 – 6.30pm:
2 courses – £17
3 courses – £21 Just want a beer? No problem – all welcome!
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Thursday: Midday to 10.30pm
- Friday & Saturday: Midday to 11pm
- Sunday: Midday to 9pm
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Thursday: Midday to 8pm
- Friday & Saturday: Midday to 8.30pm
- Sunday: Midday to 5pm (Always very popular – best to book your table)
Horse and Farrier
The Horse And Farrier is launching it’s first ever cocktail night and we want you to be there for it!!
// Wednesday 12th April // And every Wednesday after //
Add some class to your Wednesday night with cocktails at £8 or 2-4-1 £14!
Featuring a handful of the absolute classics and a couple of our own creations!
(All beer lines operating as usual)
Appearing live: George Boomsma with Special Guest, Harry Orme on Sunday 30th April at 7pm. Tickets £10 on the door or online at: https://www.visitotley.co.uk/event/folk-at-the-farrier-george-boomsma-harry-orme/?instance_id=5336
“Both George and Harry are brilliant guitarists with wonderful voices, so this promises to be another very special night of live music.”
Next month, 26th May, see Tom Bliss and the Burning Bridges for a “pay as you feel” gig in aid of Multiple Sclerosis. More info here: https://www.visitotley.co.uk/event/folk-at-the-farrier-tom-bliss-and-the-burning-bridges/?instance_id=5338
And 11th June it’s Greg Hancock and Alex Seel. More info and tickets here: https://www.visitotley.co.uk/event/greg-hancock-and-alex-seel/?instance_id=5340
10% off all cask ales for CAMRA members on production of your card!
Regular weekend live acts – check out their Facebook page below for details. Some fantastic artists appearing.
Open Mic night every Thursday at 8pm led by local musician, gig organiser and brewer Paul Briscoe. Everyone is welcome, either to perform or just to sit, drink and listen. After the huge success of the Thursday Open Mic nights (not been yet? Please do, it’s great!), the 2ndSunday of each month sees another Open Mic event from 6pm. In good weather this may be outside. There’s a house guitar, piano and full PA available. All welcome! Don’t forget the 4 fantastic rooms for B&B!
- Mon to Weds: Midday – 10pm
- Thurs to Sat: Midday – 11pm
- Sunday: Midday – 10:30pm
No food at the moment
There’s a free to enter Themed Music Quiz on Wednesday 26th April from 7.30pm with Question Master Terry Ford! (incl supper!) in support of Rachel Michael from Odds and Ends who is running the Rob Burrows Leeds Marathon on 14thMay to raise money from Prostate Cancer UK – well done all! Please get along and show your support.
Live music every Tuesday and Saturday. Keep your eyes on their social media as there may be last minute alterations to the booked acts: https://www.facebook.com/thejunctioninnotley
Open from midday to 11pm every day
North Bar Social
Open from midday every day and closes at 11pm, except for Friday and Saturday (midnight) and Sunday (10pm) Covered outdoor seating area with heaters! A must for those chilly afternoons and evenings!
Always a great drinks selection – and remember it’s not all about alcohol. Plenty of low and 0% options plus gorgeous Dark Woods Coffee https://www.facebook.com/darkwoodscoffee.
Watch out for music events at the Woolpack next door plus Street Food vendors regularly setting up. https://www.facebook.com/NorthBarSocial
They’ve just had a great Easter weekend of North Wales beers and Oggies (they were loverleee btw!) – looking forward to the next one!
Usually post daily on Facebook and Twitter with changing beer options.
Give them a follow:
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm
Otley Tap House
Kids still eat for £1! 7 days a week until 7pm. With every adult burger and fries purchased, 2 children can eat for £1 each from the kids menu. T&Cs see their Facebook site – NOW extended until 30th September 2023 – Fan-burger-tastic!
Ale Club has become the all new Happiest Happy Hour Ever! The offer now includes all Cask Ales, Coors or Aspall!! From opening to 6pm Mon to Friday. All pints are £3.00
Watch out for live acoustic music sessions Sunday evenings
Monday is Burger offer day (midday to 9.30pm) – burger, fries and a drink for £9.45
Quiz Night every Tues at 8.15pm (followed by Play Your Cards Right):
1st Place – £50 Food and Drink Voucher
2nd Place – O’Deli Group Voucher
All shots £2.50!!!
New cask ales regularly – check out https://www.facebook.com/theotleytaphouse for what’s on today
- Monday to Thursday: 3pm to Midnight (Burgers: 4pm – 9.30pm)
- Friday & Saturday: Midday to Midnight (Burgers: Midday – 10.30pm)
- Sunday: Midday – 10.30pm (Burgers: Midday to 9.30pm)
Despite the For Sale sign – still open and trading. The pool table has returned! And it’s free pool every Wednesday!
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Thursday: 2pm to 10.30pm
- Friday: 2pm to 11.30pm
- Saturday: 12pm to 11.30pm
- Sunday: 12pm to 10.30pm
All day Saturday – 4 x Corona & 4 x shots of Tequila – £10
Fridays – 12 til 6pm – all pints £2.80
Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/theotleytav
Loyalty Card in operation. 6 stamps on your card = 1 free pint Monday & Tuesday only
Big screen sports entertainment. DJs Friday and Saturday nights
10.30am to 11pm daily, (except close midnight Friday)
Red Lion Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OtleyPub
Menus on their Facebook page and website: https://www.roebuckpub.co.uk/our-food/
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
- Sunday: 11:30am – 8:00pm
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday to Friday inclusive 12.00 – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.30pm
- Saturday 12 noon – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.30pm
- Sunday 12:00 – 6.00pm
Rookery Bar & Venue
The new menu has landed and is now available. Some old, some new, call in and see what made the cut. #241cocktails runs from 5pm till 10pm every open day.
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday – 4 till midnight
- Wednesday – Closed
- Thursday to Saturday – 4 till midnight
- Sunday – 4 till 10.30
The fantastically hilarious Shoe Cake Comedy return for a season of Rookery Comedy Nights 3 comedy night dates for your diary this year, all held upstairs at The Rookery Bar & Venue :
Friday July 7th – Edinburgh Fringe Special! Two 60 minute fringe previews from TV comedian Jonny Pelham & multi award winning comedian Jack Gleadow!https://skiddle.com/e/36277663
Friday Sept 22nd – New Act/New Material night with headliners The Halls of Ridiculous https://skiddle.com/e/36277776
Friday Nov 10th – New Act/New Material night with headliners The Halls of Ridiculous https://skiddle.com/e/36277807Please share and invite your friends
Another date for your diary is Saturday 8th July when the fabulous Mark Morriss of The Bluetones brings his acoustic solo set to The Rookery. Check out the gig and tickets from Rookery’s Facebook site – link below.
Upstairs at the Rookery – Film Club now have their own Facebook site. Check it out for listings and updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1149769698934843/
April has been featuring the Harry Potter series. For the first 3 Sundays in April we’ll be showing all the Harry Potter movies, in order, on our big screen.
We started on the 2nd of April with Philosopher’s Stone, The Chamber Of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Then, on the 9th of April, it was Goblet Of Fire, Order Of The Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince.
And finally, on the 16th of April, we finish the saga with The Deathly Hallows Part I (starts 12.30pm) & Part II (starts 3.30pm). Both 12A.
Tickets are, as always, £3 per person, per film! There are only 30 seats available for each film so get in early to be guaranteed a place for all the magic.
Back to the usual Sunday Film Club on 30th April with 3 classics:
- 12.30pm – Flash Gordon (12A)
- 3.30pm – Dirty Dancing (12A)
- 6.00pm – Trainspotting (18)
Rookery’s Facebook page for more details/prices/times: https://www.facebook.com/therookerybar
Rose & Crown
As well as a fantastic gin and cocktail menu, Steve has extended his range of 0% and low-alcohol lagers and beers! Cheers!
Here’s your week planned out at the R&C:
- Wednesday = Quiz night from 8.30pm
- Thursday = Steve’s (mad) cash prize Bingo – some great, (and some awful) prizes – kicking off at 8pm where there’s money and loads of other really random (and we mean RANDOM) prizes to be won! £10 to play which gives you 6 games – all entrance money then gets split up on each game. If you fancy coming for your tea beforehand, we’ll give all bingo players 10% off your bill.
- First Sunday of every month Live Music Open Mic night from 7.30pm hosted by the fantastic Marshalls & Friends – 7th May
Keep an eye on R&Cs social media for more live acoustic sessions
Food wise – there’s Tuesdays to Thursdays “Plenty 4 Twenty” From a set menu, choose 2 courses for 2 people for £20 and also, Tuesdays to Fridays – Lunch and a drink for just £8.99
Bar Opening Times:
Every day Midday to 11pm, except closed Monday and close at 10.30pm Sunday
Kitchen Hours are:
Tuesday to Saturday: Midday to 4pm and then again 5pm to 9pm
Sunday Midday til 6pm (Very popular Sunday roasts & veg options available)
Please note, the evening meals are proving to be very popular and a great addition to food options generally in Otley.
Current menu (and also where you can reserve a table) on the new website: https://www.roseandcrownotley.com/
Telephone: 01943 850180
Launch of a new email club. Exclusive news, offers & upcoming events every month. Receive a FREE £5 off voucher on your next visit by signing up at https://theroyalty.eo.page/xtvmn
Cask Club all day Monday. Enjoy a pint or two of cask ale for only £3.25 – The Wharfedale Blond at 3.9% is gorgeous! As are the other options!
Great offer from up t’hill:
2 Meals & A Bottle of Wine – £34.95 All Day, Monday to Friday. Enjoy 2 new choices from our new menu and any bottle of wine.
Also, 2 Meals from the Offer Menu for £19.95 Monday to Wednesday 5-8pm
New Opening Times:
- Monday to Thursday: 11am – 8pm (kitchen til 7pm)
- Friday & Saturday: 10am – 8pm (kitchen til 7pm)
- Sunday: 12pm – 7pm (kitchen til 6pm)
Brunch and Light Bites (sandwiches/Jackets etc.) Mon – Sat: opening til 2.30pm
Book your table now https://togo.uk.com/makeBookingv2?venueid=890&nv=true
Brunch & Restaurant Menus (incl. Gluten Free & Kids) on Website: https://the-royalty.co.uk/
Did you miss it? On Saturday 1stApril 10am – 1pm. The Royalty Road Show were back with Coffee & Cars & A Full English! (Other breakfast options are available! And they are gorgeous btw!) – Check out their website for future dates Check out their FB site for future dates and times. Why not give them a follow?
https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyaltyRoadShow Come and view all the amazing cars (and bikes!).
Ian’s doing some wonderful stuff outside of his normal openings. He’s still got the men’s (Tues 11th and Tues 25th April) and women’s support group (Weds 26th April), plus book club meetings, private parties booking the place out – great stuff.
3 different Book Clubs now meet monthly at Shadow. Get in touch with Ian for dates and chat about which one suits you.
Other than the Tap Room Talks, regular hours are Fri & Sat 6-10pm
There’s also live music from Wychbury & We Three Things on Sunday 23rdApril from 7.30pm – 10pm
Check out Shadow’s Facebook site for dates and times of the mid-week Taproom Talks https://www.facebook.com/shadowbrewing
Loving the new signage by the way! Winter Warmer Special – 2 courses – Soup of the day plus any meal off the small menu £7.95. Monday to Friday Midday to 3pm
Bar Opening Times:
- Monday & Tuesday: 11.30am to 6pm
- Wednesday: CLOSED
- Thursday: 11.30am to 6pm
- Friday: Midday to 10pm
- Saturday: Midday to 11pm
- Sunday: Midday to 6pm
- Everyday Midday to 3pm (except closed Weds)
Booking recommended for Sunday Dinners – message on Fbook or call 01943 968020
Happy hour(s) – Mon to Fri 4pm to 6pm 50p off selected pints and £1 off bottles of wine – Great stuff!
Facebook (for menus, events etc.): https://www.facebook.com/whitakersotley
Watch Social Media for regular upcoming Friday live acoustic sessions. https://www.facebook.com/thewhiteswan_otley
All the big screen sports are on!
Open daily Midday to 11pm
Seniors’ Lunch every Thursday 12 until 2pm – JUST £3.99! Extensive menu. Add a dessert for just £1.50 – also, hot and cold drink offers! Brilliant stuff!
Have you tried one of our Sunday carveries yet? Just £9.95 with beef, ham, turkey and pork, roast potatoes, mash, honey glazed parsnips, carrots, broccoli, green beans, sprouts, cabbage, peas, stuffing, cauli cheese, proper gravy and Yorkshire puds! All home made! Just see our reviews! Call 01943 461330 to book now! Doggy carvery just £1.50 (All doggie proceeds donated to Moorview Rescue).
All new Quiz Night starts on SUNDAY at the earlier time of 8.30pm. New format, new prizes and free supper! Also, new Eliminator following quiz, with Jackpot builder!
- Monday to Wednesday: 4pm – 11.30pm
- Thursday: 12pm – 11.30pm
- Friday& Saturday: 2pm – 11.30pm
- Sunday: 12pm – 11.30pm
LOCAL CHARITIES AND BUSINESSES…… We are hiring out the use of our Lounge room FREE OF CHARGE for you to host your own party nights or charity events!
Just send us a message if you’d like to book an evening in! (We are able to provide microphone if needed!).
But here’s a recurring plea to all the landlords in town – please drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org if there’s something you want us to put in the newsletter! Although we try to share all your social media posts, we don’t sit reading Facebook and Twitter all day every day and scanning them all every month when we’re producing the news for our 700 readers takes hours. Worse than that, some of the media – even on websites – might be out of date, but we have no real way of knowing, so we might be giving out completely wrong information!
Also please note that the offers and prices are correct to the best of our knowledge. Please check with the venue whilst ordering. OPC cannot be responsible for any discrepancies.
AND FINALLY…. PUB OF THE MONTH for April is……..The CURIOUS HOP BIÈRE CAFÉ
Marcus Garcia has been the proprietor of the Curious Hop beer shop in Newmarket for almost exactly 10 years now, and has built up a reputation locally and online for selling quality beers from home and abroad.
For much of that time he was also considering whether, and where in Otley, he might open a bar to sell the same beers on the premises. For a while before the Covid shutdowns, he was selling from the taps in the shop itself but that was always a bit cramped, so when the lease of the Bière Café (previously the Groove Pad, and Rocca) In Orchard Gate became available, he jumped at the chance to take it on. But don’t worry – he’ll definitely be keeping the shop open for your takeaway/drink at home needs as well.
The bar is a joint venture with the excellent Major Tom’s Social in Harrogate, which already had a bit of a reputation for its beers and its pizza. In Orchard Gate, the Bière Café doesn’t need to supply its own pizza, as it has an agreement with A Casa di Alessia directly opposite, that people can buy takeaway pizza there and eat it inside or outside the bar while sampling the Bière Café’s range of beers.
And that’s not the only way the bar is branching out. There are board and other games available to play in the bar and there’s a ‘Books and Bière’ book reading club on the first Wednesday of every month (with discount on the beer AND the books).
There has also already been the first of a series of meet the brewer/beer tasting events – this one with Ric Brown from The Kernel Brewery in South London.
So, if you haven’t called in yet, why not give it a go. The bar specialises in the same craft and European beers that Marcus sells in the Curious Hop.
Dogs and children are welcome and there are tables outside for the good weather that’s just starting! Honest!
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087658025663
Or our website for times, contacts etc: http://www.otleypubclub.co.uk/otley-pubs-present/the-curious-hop-biere-cafe
A massive THANK YOU!!! Otley Pub Club’s JustGiving campaign was launched in July and we are delighted by the donations we’ve received so far – from far and wide!! Remember, our only source of income previously has been our Premier Membership card, which offered discounts at local pubs and bars. We decided post-Covid that this was not in the best interest of our hard-working publicans to beg them for money off when finances were tight. Even more so now in the economic crisis we all face. So we have temporarily suspended the Card scheme.
All of the contributions have provided valuable funds (primarily to pay off long standing debt) for us as we continue our aim of promoting and protecting Otley’s great pubs and bringing in much needed revenue to all businesses in the town generally. BUT, we haven’t closed the appeal. More funds would allow us to do more promotions. We understand times are hard, but just the price of small round of drinks would help us tremendously. Every little helps.
Thank you in advance. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/otleypubclub?utm_term=pAn9rRjkX
Otley Pub Club meet up in a different pub in Otley on the first Thursday of every month to discuss anything and everything happening in Otley and in its pubs, and everybody is welcome to join us.
We start at about 7pm to discuss any semi-formal stuff, then finish with that at 8pm and spend the rest of the evening chatting about whatever comes up. We’ll usually visit 3 pubs during the evening.
So, if you fancy perhaps seeing the inside of a pub that you’ve never been in; or you’ve got a burning issue about Otley’s pubs that you’ve been dying to share; or maybe if you just fancy a drink and a chat and all your mates are doing something else; check out the times on our Facebook event page for our next meeting and you can join us at any time in any of the pubs along the way. We’ll be in these pubs and at least one of us will be wearing something black with an obvious Otley Pub Club logo on it so we’re recognisable!
Next Pub Club Social: Thursday 4th May 2023 – where we will be talking all things “Star Wars” among other stuff. Venues and times will be posted on our Social Media nearer the time. Watch out for the Facebook event.
Well folks, that’s it for this month. Please remember, if you want to get in touch email to email@example.com, or why not come along to one of our monthly socials… Cheers for now.
See you all out and about in our #FamousPubTown
The OPC Committee
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