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How do the organisers of Otley events cope with this weather, eh? As I found out to my very wet cost this week – you still can’t hang your washing out to dry, walk into Otley in the sunshine, and rely on coming back before there’s been 20 minutes of absolute downpour! And when it’s not raining, I’m getting sunburnt.

Tomorrow night [Saturday 13/08], groups of victims – oops, competitors – will be trying to make their way round Otley while avoiding the clutches of gangs of marauding zombies. They’ll be hoping it’s not wet, so they don’t slip – into the clutches of their grisly pursuers. Watch out for them in town from 6:30 and all through the evening.

Likewise, a couple of hundred mods on scooters will be hoping for good weather over the following weekend [Friday 19/08 to Sunday 21/08]. Not only because they’ll be camping in Otley, but also so their ride out to Harewood on Saturday morning and group photo in front of Harewood House itself take place in bright sunshine.

Both of these events will bring more visitors into Otley, so let’s welcome all the participants [especially into the pubs, of course!] and show them what a great town it is – then they’ll all want to come back and visit us again.



 A speciality beer has won CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Beer of Britain for the first time.

Bingham’s Vanilla Stout, brewed in Berkshire, was named the best beer of 2016 at the Champion Beer of Britain Awards Dinner held on Tuesday evening (9 August) at the Hilton Hotel, Olympia, London. Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker once again topped the Bitter category, and Saltaire’s Triple Chocaholic made it into the top 3 speciality beers.

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Otley Pub Club’s first visit to the Otley Food and Drink Festival last month was a great success. Not only did we sign up another 20 new members on the day, but we were also featured on the front-of-stage table between presentations at 13:45. We were interviewed about the Club and its activities, and about the beer tasting that we were providing thanks to Martin Kellaway at Wharfebank Brewery in Pool. From 14:00 onwards we returned to our stall in Boroughgate, and continued to give out free tastings of Tether Blond, Yorkshire IPA and Camfell Flame for another couple of hours. But of course the star of the show was our ‘Pinty’ mascot, kindly provided by the British Beer and Pub Association and accompanied on the train North from London by our President Greg Mulholland MP. Small children were either delighted, mystified or terrified by it!!



Not much more to say about this – there’s a photo of the programme here, and all the individual pubs hosting music events are detailed below in the ‘In Town’ section. All locations hosting paid events have wristbands on sale in advance, and you’ll be able to pay on the door [between £3 and £5, depending on the event] for each event apart from the  late night events at Korks. So dig out the old fishtail parka with the roundel on the back and head into town next weekend!

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 Can’t believe it’s the 4th Apocalypse event already – and this one promises to be the best yet! First thing this morning [Friday 12th] there were only 9 tickets left, so you still might not have missed the chance to join in! No idea where they’ll be going, but we do know it’s tomorrow evening, so watch out – the undead will be about .  .  .




I always feel guilty about mentioning events that aren’t taking place in Otley, especially when they involve other pubs nearby. But we do have friends in Leeds who promote the Historic Otley Ale Trail for us, and I know you like to know what’s going on elsewhere, so here goes. Leeds beer week is “An inclusive, city-wide celebration of Leeds beer and beer in the community”, and takes place from the 28th of August to the 6th of September. I haven’t seen the full programme of events yet, but it will include:

Roll Out the Barrel: The British Pub on Film – A collection of entertaining short dramas, humorous trade films, perceptive documentaries and archival newsreel items, presenting a history of the British boozer. The Brunswick 29/08 at 19:00

Siren vs Magic Rock tap takeover at Tapped, 30/08 from 11:00

American IPA festival at Bundobust, 28/08 – 06/09;

18 different breweries on cask and keg whose combined distance from Leeds is only 175 miles. The Brunswick, 28/08 – 06/09.LIBF3

More info as it is released at



Now I’ve started talking about Leeds, I might as well continue. I visited the LIBF at Leeds Town Hall last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It returns for its 5th year from 8-11 September, and is “An annual 4 day festival in the heart of Leeds, celebrating and promoting craft beer brewed in the UK and overseas. Along with 100s of beers and ciders the festival also includes a street food market, live music across two stages and all sorts of lovely beer related things.”



Because of the number of pubs in Otley, there’s always a fair turnover of staff. If you have experience of pub work, or you’re [preferably] over 18 and would like to try it, it’s always worth checking the individual pub websites and/or Facebook pages. I’ll try to add any vacancies I know about to the list of pub ‘events’ each month – and there are a couple listed below.



There might be more information on the individual Facebook pages, which are linked where available. And although I managed to get round all the pubs this month, I sometimes can’t do that, and I rely on others letting me know what’s coming up. So if you know of an event that’s happening in Otley and you want to promote it, email me at and I’ll stick it in the next Newsletter or social invitation. As you’ll know from reading these newsletters, it doesn’t have to take place in a pub, or be drinks-related. If it will attract extra visitors into town, and provide potential extra customers for the pubs, that’s a definite bonus!


You might have noticed the Bay Horse is under new management [Fred Bell, who also runs The Fleece] with the familiar face of Wayne Green back in the centre of town to manage the place. Renovation is ongoing, but without changing the great character of the pub. Hot drinks including freshly ground coffee, and lunchtime snacks, will be available from Monday the 15th. [This will include the return of the famous Bay Horse beef and dripping sandwich. Also pie and peas, and cheese ploughman’s for vegetarians. No vegan option yet, although Wayne did say he was considering it.] Pickled eggs, onions and olives [for those of you who shop at Waitrose] on the bar, and collecting tin for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. If you haven’t been for a while – or even ever! – go and give it a try.


Nothing special coming up in August, just the usual fine lunchtime food seven days a week, and DJ on the last Friday evening of the month – 26/08.


Two events for the Mod and Scooter Rally weekend – Friday 19th 20:00, North Leeds Northern Soul Club; Saturday 20th 21:45, The Sinners. Also a Macmillan coffee morning fundraiser on Friday 26th 09:00 to 12:00. [I’m sure there’ll be cake!]


Nothing special coming up, although they did confirm that they will not be a venue for any performers over the weekend of the Mod and Scooter Rally, despite what the leaflets for that event might say. For more information about the pub, and its food and drink offers, see their page on the J D Wetherspoon website.


Nowt special on here either – August is a quiet month!


No special events in August, although the new seasonal menu is coming soon. And don’t forget they are now part of Otley’s open mic scene, with a session on the first Sunday evening of every month


2 events for the Mod and Scooter Rally weekend on Saturday 20th – 15:00 [TBA]; and at 20:00 La Fox does Acoustic Weller. Don’t forget, the Paul Briscoe-hosted open mic is now on EVERY Thursday evening.


Music in August – Saturday 13th, Frank Bough’s Cardigan; Tuesday 16th 21:00, Jess Gardham; Tuesday 23rd 21:00, Hailbails.


No special events over the next month. Usual open mic., Irish folk and quiz nights. Also looking for “well-humoured and friendly bar staff. If you are interested or know someone who might be, ring us on 01943 969931 or apply online at


On Saturday September 3rd, NBS are collaborating with The Curious Hop beer shop to provide the ‘Curious Summer Social’. The inside bar will be taken over by North BrewCo beers, and there will be 3 more bars outside the pub and in the yard of The Woolpack Music Studios. Ghost Brewery from Baildon will be bringing their bar; Beavertown and Northern Monk will be sharing a bar; and Marcus will be bring a bar from the Curious Hop. Food will be provided by award-winning Indian street food outlet Manjit’s Kitchen, there’ll be straw bales to sit on, and music will be provided by The Woolpack. Kicks off at 11 and goes on ‘til late – and once again we keep our collective weather fingers crossed for an outdoor event in Otley!

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Also taking
part in the Mod and Scooter Rally weekend, with different DJs on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th evenings. See photo for full listings up to the 20th.


Usual array of musical talent at the Tavern in August – Friday 12th, Lee Lambert; Saturday 13th, Lanie Brown; Friday 19th, Saul; Saturday 2th, Stacey Rhodes; Friday 26th, Beth Brookes; Saturday 27th, Vicky Jay.


Nothing special coming up in August, although the Sunday music has been starting earlier in the afternoon lately. No food yet, but watch out for more news during September!


No special events on up here in August, but it is getting really busy on Sunday lunchtimes, so it’s advisable to book a table in advance if you want to eat! No need to book for the Wednesday night quiz at 21:00 though – just turn up and join in.


I’ve added a link to the unofficial R&C Facebook page, so you can see the complimentary reviews their food gets. Sunday lunch with 3 roasts is particularly popular, and it’s best to book to guarantee a table. They are also gaining in popularity as a funeral party venue, as the OPC party discovered when we tried to reach the bar on our monthly social outing last Thursday! Please contact the pub for details if you’re looking for a venue in the centre of town. Along with the usual Friday and Saturday disco nights in August, there’s the special Bank Holiday disco for all local Otley folk on Sunday night, 28/08.


Nothing special going on over the next month, although their seasonal menu has just changed so you might want to call in and see what’s new! They are also seeking staff – a chef, assistant manager AND front of house [various hours]. Not people going back to full-time study in the Autumn, please, as they’re looking for permanent staff.


One BIG event coming up this month – the Otley Mod and Scooter Rally. Posters and leaflets with full details are available round town, but ticketed events at the pub are – Friday 19th 20:00, Mod Revue; Saturday 19th 17:00 SKABURST & BBQ, 19:00 The Names, 20:30 Middle Space; Sunday 20th 15:00, Ska-Boom UK.  Also, now serving food Monday – Friday 12-2:30 & 5-7:30 Saturday & Sunday 12 – 4. A great selection of homemade pies with great fillings along with a traditional pub menu… Their Facebook page also has an advert for bar staff. Message Andy!

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The Names are on here tomorrow [Saturday 13th 20:00] and on Friday 19th at 21:30 it’s Micky 2Tone as part of the Mod and Scooter Rally weekend.


Although there’s nothing special coming up, there’s plenty on every week as it is – just see the [anonymous] ‘What’s On’ photo! Sunday carvery every week from midday to 16:00, and like a lot of other places, it does get busy – so it’s always best to book in advance.










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As ever, it’s easily done to miss things out or misrepresent the facts by mistake, and if I have I apologise sincerely.  If you no longer want to receive these newsletters and any other correspondence from Otley Pub Club, just email the return address. On the other hand, if you stop receiving our newsletters but you still want to be a member, something’s gone wrong! Just send an email to , or via the website and I’ll put you back on the mailing list. Thanks!


Bob Brook

OPC Secretary

12 August 2016



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