February 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year? And a special welcome to our new members. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who has lost loved ones during this awful time.

Yes, we’re still here and like most of you I guess, yearning for the day when the hospitality sector is allowed to re-open and we can once again enjoy our wonderful selection of pubs and bars in our lovely town.

Not too much to report of course, but worth reading on for the usual Pub News and Events sections, plus news from The Otley Business Awards, and also a listing of where you can purchase direct from the brewery instead of the usual supermarkets #shoplocal


Also, there’s our very own take on a pub quiz to entertain you during lockdown! On our website we’ve posted pictures (thanks to our Pub Whisperer and cohorts!) of 22 Otley pub doors – all closed! You mission is to simply name the pubs. No prizes – just a bit of fun. You can do it from your sofa, or why not take a trek as part of your daily exercise and see if you can find them all. Here you go…
http://www.otleypubclub.co.uk/news-and-events/otley-pub-door-quiz and good luck!

And watch out for another even more difficult pub-based quiz in our March Newsletter [no clues yet]. We’re even planning a proper treasure hunt round all the pubs when we’re all allowed to play out later in the year. You’ll actually have to visit all of them then, but there’ll be prizes at the end of it – and it won’t be compulsory to have a drink in every one [although you might want to, after you’ve been locked out for so long!] We reckon the shortest distance you’d have to walk to visit every pub is about 9 Km, so we’ll probably give you a whole month to manage it!


Horse and Farrier – Leasehold up for Sale – no further news folks.

Otley Tavern – Freehold for sale. The Community Right to Bid (formerly, Asset of Community Value or ACV) expired on the 4th January 2021. We don’t “believe” anyone has made a bid, and this leaves the owner to sell the property on the open market notwithstanding the current tenant who has a 6 year lease and fully intends to re-open the pub and Stewie’s Kitchen when restrictions are lifted!

Otley Burger Company @ The Otley Tap House wins Good Food Award for Takeaways 2021
Many, many deserved congratulations to Joe and the team for this very prestigious award from us all here at OPC, plus a very grateful customer base! If you haven’t tried them yet….what have you been doing? They’re awesome!
From the Good Food Award website: “The Otley Burger Company, The Otley Tap House, 66 Boroughgate, Otley, LS21 1AE have now been awarded the prestigious Good Food Award for Takeaways 2021. Over the last twelve months we have evaluated customer feedback and these premises have demonstrated exceptional levels of food quality, service and value when compared to our industry benchmarks in their category.
In recognition of this achievement they have been duly awarded the 2021 Good Food Award for Takeaways.

Our beloved Summercross – we understand the site has been sold, but not officially confirmed. Wouldn’t it be great if the new owners would restore the pub to it’s former glory? Especially with the new huge development taking place east of Otley – I mean, the new residents will need a local won’t they – it’s a long walk into town after all!
Details of the site and sale: https://hardistyandco.com/properties/site-and-buildings-of-the-former-summer-cross-public-house-east-busk-lane-otley-0-59-acres/


In this limited edition of the newsletter we thought we would showcase the pubs and bars that are still trading or providing community events, in whatever form is possible. If you want your event or activity publicising, please drop us an email: info@otleypubclub.co.uk

Whitakers Arms
Watch out on Whits Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/whitakersarmsotley ) for on-line music nights. Also doing Takeaway food Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun from 11am. Check out the Facebook page for ordering details and menus.

Yew Tree
The award winning pub is continuing with it’s ever popular Sunday Lunch carvery takeaway (1pm til 4pm) for just £7.50. Veg option available. Text 07392 306247 or message via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yewtreeotley

Otley Tap House & Otley Burger Company
Winners of the 2021 Good Food awards !! 🏆
Call 07584357229 to order or download “the Otley taps” app and use code INSTA2 for £2.50 off your first order.
Open 4pm till 10pm everyday. Last orders 9:30pm
Other wise you can order through this link https://theotleytaps.loke.app/722/menu

Groove Pad Beer & Vinyls
From Debbi – “Good evening! Well thankfully dry January is now well and truly over!
So if you are looking to treat yourselves to a few cheeky drinks, we can deliver these direct to you. Let’s not forgot Valentine’s day is fastly approaching.
As always Service comes with a smile
” #staysafe


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 😉

Also from Groove Pad, Lee’s fantastic on-line quiz is back. Check out the quiz times on the dedicated Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groovepadlockdowntier3quiz/

OTLEY BUSINESS AWARDShttp://www.otleychamber.co.uk/otley-business-awards-2021/
This is a fantastic initiative to showcase Otley’s amazing local businesses. Well worth a read. Check out their website for full listings of nominations in all categories. Congratulations to all the nominees!!

Pubs/bars nominated for Otley Business Awards 2021: –

Best Pub/Bar:

  • The Fleece
  • North Bar Social
  • The Old Cock
  • Otley Tap House
  • The Whitakers Arms

Covid-19 Community Award:

  • The Curious Hop
  • The Yew Tree

Best Eatery:

  • The Otley Burger Company [at Otley Tap House]
  • The Roebuck

Best Kerb Appeal:

  • The Otley Tavern
  • The Bowling Green

Again, many congratulations to all!!!


Although we are most concerned about our pubs during yet another lockdown, we mustn’t forget that our local breweries are also suffering as their orders drop alarmingly. We fear that some local pubs might not be able to open again after lockdown and possible further subsequent trading restrictions. But when all pubs are allowed to re-open, we don’t want to lose the wide choice of local brews that are currently available to us here in Yorkshire.  
So if you’d like to support your local breweries rather than buy multinational corporate products [even the good ones] from supermarkets, these are the local breweries whose websites say they are currently supplying beer during lockdown. It might be cans or bottles or draft, by post, home delivery or click and collect, so if you’re interested you’ll have to follow the links below for the details. Apologies to any that we’ve missed out – if you’re a brewery and you’re not on here, or if you know anyone who’s missing, please let us know and we’ll make sure you/they are added!

As for our 4 Otley breweries [at the last count], I guess we won’t be seeing Dr. Paul Briscoe’s fine real ales again until the pubs re-open. Shadow Brewing, Chevin Brew Co. and Marlowe Beer Project beers might still appear at our local beer shop, The Curious Hop in Newmarket.

https://www.appaway.eu/app/71308 [Naylor’s, Keighley]

And finally, to raise a smile, here’s a YouTube clip courtesy of 3 Yorkshireteers with We’re Proud To Be Yorkshire – how many times can you spot Otley on the clip?

That’s it for this month folks. Remember, if you want your news/event covering just drop us an email.

Stay safe – keep your distance – wear your mask – wash your hands and hopefully we’ll be out of this before too long.

Very best regards

OPC Committee

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