December 2020 Newsletter

Hello OPC members and a special “welcome” to our new members. Here’s our December newsletter – we missed November (for obvious reasons), so we hope this finds you well. Once again, our sympathies and condolences go out to all who have been affected by the current pandemic.

Well, the pub situation is frustrating many of us I’m sure. Not at all surprised to see most of Otley put into T3 restrictions. Of course, we are hopeful that the Government announcements due on 16th Dec will ease the restrictions – so fingers crossed.

For the moment all of our pubs are closed, except for Takeaways (on which more later) and of course except for The Roebuck, opening soon (see below), up t’hill in North Yorks (T2) where you can have a drink with a substantial meal. But, please, please be aware of Government advice on travelling between Tier 3 and Tier 2 areas.


Horse and Farrier – Leasehold up for Sale

Otley Tavern – Whilst the freehold is up for sale (Offers in the region of £275k) – the pub is still operating, not least Stewie’s Kitchen for takeaways, during the current restrictions and intends to open again fully when restrictions are lifted. OPC have been informed by the director of the company that holds a lease on the business at the pub [Otley Tavern (Leeds) Ltd.] that they’ve just spent in excess of £30K on a refit, and that their lease still has 6 years left to run. They confirmed that the remainder of the lease will transfer to any new owners, and that they will continue to run the pub following the sale.
More on our website here: and For Sale notice here:

Rose & Crown – New tenants required

Stew & Oyster – Probably and understandably, news has reached OPC that a planning application has been submitted to convert the building into apartments. A loss yes, but at least the fabulous building will be put to good use and more customers in the town for the remaining pubs!

White Swan – Just a note that the refurb has taken place and everything inside is looking fantastic ready for opening whenever possible. No major structural changes it appears.

Pubs doing Takeaways that we know of:

Black Bull
Watch out for weekend TakeAway menus for some lovely hot sandwiches, mulled wine and hot drinks!

Groove Pad Beer & Vinyls
Our Delivery and Click & Collect service is now live.
Delivery available: Monday / Wednesday / Friday 1pm – 3pm
Click & Collect available: Monday/Wednesday / Friday 4pm – 6pm
We have an amazing selection of craft ales/ Ciders and IPA’s in cans and bottles. Including Gluten free, Vegan friendly and alcohol free.
Freshly prepared to order Cocktails and draft Ciders, lagers and IPA’s in sealed bottles.
We are also offering a £5.00 voucher for every £50 spend.
Check out our website for all we have to offer.
Just remember all orders have to be pre-ordered, call, message or order online:

North Bar Social
Your friendly neighbourhood bar has turned into a pop up North Brewing Co Bottle Shop for Lockdown 2.0! Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-8pm
Beers from North Brewing Co and friends
Cans, wine, mini kegs, snacks to go
Christmas gift sets and merch – pop in wearing your facemask for a browse.
Check out their F’book site for opening hours and menus/offers:

Otley Tap House in conjunction with The Otley Burger Co.
Alcohol now available on delivery!!!
Open from 4pm till 10pm every day
To order call 07584357229
For alcohol sales please call ahead
Delivery available
Collect from the Otley Tap House, 66 Boroughgate LS21 1AE
Just walk through. Masks will be needed.
Food menu:

Otley Tavern – Stewie’s Kitchen
Home deliveries now available. Thursday- Saturday 4.00pm-8.00pm
Southern fried chicken, BBQ ribs, burgers, sharing platters chicken wings. Menus on our FB page:
Call 07392374278 to order

The Rookery
Takeaway Cocktails at weekends – 2for1!
Check out their F’book page for menus and ordering process:

Whitakers Arms
Main Menu – Saturdays 1pm – 6pm
Roast Dinners Sunday 1pm – 5pm (£8.95 (regular) / £6.95 (small)
Also, keep an eye out for lovely hot sandwich takeaway and hot drinks at the weekends!
Whitakers Are Now Offering Takeaway Food (Collection Only)
Message Or Call To Place Your Order!
01943 968 020
Check out Monica and Andy’s Facebook page for great menus and how to order:

The Yew Tree – We are now taking orders for Sunday carvery, served 1pm til 4pm (£7.50)
ADD 2x bottles of Coors Light or Sol for £3.00.
ADD a bottle of Sauvignon or Cabernet wine for £8.00!!!
Collection preferred but delivery available if you can’t get here 🥰
Message us or ring 01943 461330 and leave a message via Fbook to order:


Well, not all events of course, just some more news:

The Fleece
Yet another well deserved accolade for one of our great pubs:
“2020 has been a very tough year for everyone, but today we received a certificate of excellence on Restaurant Guru.
This couldn’t of happened without all of our amazing customers writing reviews on Google and Facebook.
We can’t wait to reopen to continue serving our excellence to our loyal customers.
Thank You
The Fleece Team”
Congratulations to all the team at The Fleece on this great achievement!

Groove Pad Beer & Vinyls
Lockdown/Tier3 Quiz every Wednesday – check out their F’Book page for details:

Otley Tap House
Otley tap house gift cards are now available to purchase from the pub!! Perfect for Christmas and birthday presents.
And another small snippet of news, “Otley Tap House would like to announce that we are now the proud sponsors of the under 7s Otley Town Football team” – another wonderful gesture during these financially difficult times – thank you!

The Roebuck
A message from our good friends up t’hill in Tier2:

“Great News!!
We are reopening for bookings / business from Wednesday 16th December, lunch and dinner -through to Christmas Eve and very much look forward to seeing you.
We will then be open on Boxing Day and Sunday 27th December … and will see how it goes from there!
Plenty of Christmas cheer and mulled wine, cheesy playlists and smiling faces (behind the masks) ready to welcome you back.
To book please call 01943 463063 Please check local restrictions (on travelling between tiers!)
Looking for a Christmas or Birthday Gift??….
Why not buy someone a Roebuck Voucher!! We can make them out to any amount!!
Just pop in to and buy one!”

Check out their F’book page for more news:

The Rookery Bar & Venue
Congratulations on your 2nd birthday – We guess the celebrations will be mighty once this is all over!

The Yew Tree
Julia and the team have won the “Heart of the Community” award from the British Institute of Inn-keeping! This is in recognition for the delivery of 600+ lunches delivered to the elderly during the current crisis.
Fully deserved for the amazing generosity and kindness shown during these difficult times for the hospitality industry. WELL DONE TO ALL – you are a credit to the town.

Also up at The Yew Tree, we are now offering GIFT VOUCHERS to purchase, great Christmas gift idea!!!
They are valid for whole of 2021.
Available in multiples of £10 and includes free postage!
Either order via messaging us, or pick up direct from pub every Sunday 1pm ’til 4pm in December

REMEMBER – If you want your pub events/offers/activities advertised here to our 600+ members monthly, free of charge, just drop an email to

That’s it for this month. Fingers crossed for everyone’s health and safety.

OPC would like to wish all members, their family and friends a very Happy Christmas. Stay safe – keep your distance, wear your facemask and wash your hands – and we’ll look forward to seeing you all on the other side!

Otley Pub Club Committee

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