August 2020 Newsletter

A very warm welcome to all our new and existing members.

During these difficult times we are trying to offer as much up to date information as possible. With that in mind, please check out our website: for what we think is the latest info!

And with your help, we can be as current, as informative and as up to date as possible. So, here’s a shout out to all publicans, can you please check out your pub/bar entry on our website and let us know of any changes you’d like to make?

A brief summary of the pub is here: – just a 2 or 3 line overview

And a more detailed view is here: – just follow the link down the right hand side to find your pub

Please have a look through, and let us know at of any changes you wish to make – Thanks in advance for taking the time. We’ll only make changes that come from verified email accounts, so as to avoid any shenanigans!


Well, I guess it’s all about the re-openings. I personally have to say what a marvelous job our pubs have done in providing hand sanitisation, distancing signage and many other features to make themselves, their employees and of course, their customers as safe as possible. Interesting to see the different methods of track and trace going on. Hopefully you’re all contributing, and in doing so, trying to prevent a surge in cases locally. I can understand some people’s objections with regards to civil liberties and data protection, but surely if it’s for the common good? Perhaps a discussion for the taproom!

At the time of going to press, all of our pubs are open, with the exception of the following:

The Old Cock and The Manor House – closed due to Covid-19 – both re-opening soon.

Whitakers and Otley Tap House are both undergoing renovation and are due to open soon – so keep an eye out the news on Social Media.

We have no further news on the status of Horse & Farrier (Market Town Taverns), or Rose & Crown (Ei Group) – both of which remain closed unfortunately.

The Bay Horse

After an understandable delay in re-opening, it’s great to see the additions to the rear of the pub in Bay Horse court. Lovely seating area with planters and cushions – well done Dean & Jan!!

Otley Tap House

We had a cheeky glimpse inside the Otley Tap House recently, courtesy of Joe, and what a mess! No, seriously, renovations are well under way. A new toilet arrangement with an access corridor (how did they fit it all in?), new furniture and a revamp of the outside space to accommodate, of course, the Otley Burger Co. truck! It will be a great addition to our wonderful pub scene. Great to see it re-opening and good luck to Joe and the team for the new venture.

The Roebuck

Congratulations are due for all involved up t’hill – The Roebuck has been voted #5 in the best pubs for food in Leeds according to TripAdvisor reviews! What a great achievement and this magnificent pub continues to serve the people of Otley and surrounds admirably!

Eat Out to Help Out

The Government initiative is being taken up by:

  • The Fleece,
  • Bowling Green (Spoons),
  • Royalty,
  • Black Horse Hotel
  • (plus many other local establishments)

Please check out terms and conditions –

Highlights are: 

  • A 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August
  • As many times as you like
  • You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.
  • You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.
  • Please check with participating pubs before you order.

It’s sure to be popular, so please book your table in advance if at all possible.


Black Horse Hotel

We’ll be closing our kitchen on Mondays, but will be back serving delicious new meals and exciting small plates from Tuesday onwards.

We’re still open everyday for your favourite Kirkstall pints.

SUNDAY ROASTS ARE BACK – Serving until 6pm

The Fleece – Pub & Bistro

Bar opening Hours – 12pm to 11pm Monday to Sunday

Dining Hours: Mon – Sat 12pm to 9pm, Sun 12pm to 6pm,

Take Away: Mon to Sat 5pm to 9pm

  • Monday Club – All cask ales £2.95 per pint all day.
  • Tuesday (served all day) – Steak Night – 2 rump steaks, a bottle of house wine – £30, plus, any double gin & Fever Tree mixer only £5.95
  • Wine Wednesday – Casa Del Maia House wine only £9.95 per bottle
  • Thursday (served all day) – Steak Night – 2 rump steaks, a bottle of house wine – £30, plus, Double Thursday – House Double of Gin or Vodka plus mixer – £5
  • Fizz Friday – bottle of Prosecco only £11.99

Groove Pad Beer & Vinyls

Quiz night every Wednesday 7.30pm

North Bar Social

We are back up and running!! Open everyday from 12:00 – 22:00. We invite you to come drink in our (extended!) beer garden. Don’t forget if you don’t fancy a beer we have plenty of Dark Woods Coffee and a great selection of teas from the one and only Canton Tea to go round!

The Roebuck

Since the re-opening after the Covid-19 Lockdown we are currently Closed Mondays & Tuesdays (Not including Bank Holidays)

New Specials Board backed up by fantastic Main Menu

Roebuck Regulars:

  • Sunday Lunch
    • Every Sunday – traditional roast without the washing-up!
  • Pub quiz – £1 entry
    • Wednesday 8.30pm start and the winner enjoys a tasty Terrific Tuesday Menu voucher x2
  • The Early Bird
    • Tuesday – Thursday 17:30-19:00 (excluding Bank Holidays)
    • 2 Courses for £12.95
    • 3 Courses For £15.95


Please note recent change of opening hours! Open every day 12:00pm to 7:00pm – Saturday open 11:30am

On-line booking or telephone – 01943 463732. Please note food will only be available in the restaurant. We will be serving drinks only in the tap room. The maximum number of people for a food booking is six and maximum for drinks is four.

At present we will not be offering any food service outside. This situation will change once we find the best and safest way to service such a large area.

Click here to book a table with us:

The Otley Tavern

Max 35 people. Table service. No standing at the bar. Food back on soon. Cask ale back on.

Happy Hours back on 4pm-7pm, Monday to Friday. 50p off all draught pints.

The Yew Tree

Food starts again 6th August – all home cooked and a new menu! We are bringing a whole new menu to the Yew Tree and thought YOU should have input too! What would you like to see on our new menu?

Everything will be homemade and super delicious!!! Visit our Facebook site and let us know –

Food times –

            Thursday 12pm – 2pm

            Fri/Sat 5pm – 7.30pm

            Sunday Carvery – 12pm – 4pm

Don’t forget – Our popular Quiz nights are Tuesday 9pm-10.30pm and Sunday 8.45pm-10.45pm, with great prizes and a free supper!



Our Card membership scheme is being extended for all existing members until 1st January 2021 – so you can continue to enjoy the discounts beyond the “normal” renewal date of 1st August free of charge. Our Premier Membership Cards are on sale at Groove Pad Beers & Vinyl, The Curious Hop and Browns Gallery. For an annual fee of just £10, you get a range of discounts from our local pubs and bars. 

The current offers are as follows (on production of your current/valid (white) Premier Card):

  • Yew Tree – 20% off food (Card holder + 1 and not in conjunction with the carvery or pensioner’s lunch)
  • Royalty – 10% off drinks at the bar (cardholder + 1).
  • Groove Pad Beer & Vinyl – 10% off cask beer, plus 10% off T-shirts & vinyls
  • Ottah’s Leah – 10% discount off food and drinks 
  • OUTSIDE OTLEY – all Stew and Oyster branches 10% discount  

As you can see, you £10 membership fee can be recovered in just a couple of trips out! 


I’m always on the lookout for a quirky pub-related story (preferrably as local as possible). So how about this, courtesy of Leeds Live: “The incredible discovery found in forgotten pub hidden beneath Leeds city centre car park”

Nice pint of Ginger Beer anyone?

So that’s it for this month. Our socially distanced monthly Committee meetings are still being held, but we have decided to suspend the “social” aspect until more restrictions are lifted.

Difficult times all round. Enjoy the month as best you can and let’s hope for some sunshine!

Be safe – Be courteous – Be socially distanced – Be tolerant – See you around town!

Very best regards,

Otley Pub Club Committee

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