HAPPY NEW YEAR! And Welcome to the January edition of the Otley Pub Club newsletter. And a special welcome to our new subscribers.
Here at Otley Pub Club, we are a completely volunteer-based community group and we are seeking more Committee members to continue our mission of supporting Otley’s wonderful pubs and bars. You can read more about us here:
And if you would like to contribute to our cause, please get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your commitment would be monthly meetings on Thursday evenings in Otley and an enthusiasm for Otley’s pubs. We are specifically on the look out for a Treasurer (no more than a couple of hours work per month – honest!) and a web-site (WordPress) manager, with some urgency. Thank you in advance.
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?
A few of our publicans have been taking a well-earned rest after the Christmas and New Year festivities – it was lovely to see so many pubs busy – so don’t be alarmed by closed doors! Many post their opening times on their Social Media. Why not give them a follow? We have most of their SM sites below, or visit our own web site for contact details – Cheers!
And of course a call out to all publicans, if you do change hours/days of opening, please let us know 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 another Pub of the Month. Look out for news on the Manor House. A community bid is assembled. See more details below, and why not get involved?
Here we go….
As usual this time of year, it’s pretty quiet on the events front. But no reason why you can’t go out and support our fantastic pubs and bars!
OTLEY PUB WALKERS
Watch out for more regular meets and walks around the area. The next walk (THIS SATURDAY 14th JAN) sees the intrepids heading a bit further afield to sample the delights of Headingly and Kirkstall. Meeting at Otley bus station for the X84 at 11.49am. Alighting at Arcadia in Headingly for refreshment after that long bus ride. The walk continues down to the magnificent Bridge Inn at Kirkstall. Then via the canal towpath onto the equally magnificent Cardigan Arms. Dave’s Pies and Ale is an optional stop off, but the final destination is Kirkstall Brewery Tap Room. If you haven’t been before do try and visit, it’s….err…..Magnificent! The route back home is open to you! On the trial run, the bravehearts continued onto Leeds to take in Salt Brewery’s new bar and the iconic Duck & Drake before X84 home.
All ages, genders and pets are welcome to join in.
Get the full itinerary on this week’s walk and more detail on this plus other planned walks by checking out their Facebook site:
OTLEY FOLK CLUB
The Otley Folk Club meet every Weds evening upstairs in the Black Horse. Singers’ nights run on alternate weeks. All welcome!
All Wednesday nights through to the end of January will be singers’ nights. Turn up to play, join in or just listen!
Check out their website for contact details and events or give them a follow on Facebook:
Otley’s latest Freehold pub is currently undergoing refurbishment. Watch this space for more news on potential opening date
You may have noticed that an “UNDER OFFER” sign has been posted at the pub. We can confirm that this is definitely NOT the Community Bid Team, who are waiting eagerly in the wings should the offer not come to fruition. Thwaites are playing their cards pretty close to their chest at the moment. So it’s fingers crossed here that the proposed buyer wants to re-open the pub!
As we said, the Community Bid Team is still in place and the project has 2 key objectives:
- To save The Manor House as a truly historic pub
- To create a unique Community Pub in our famous pub town
Please email: otleycommunitypub@gmail for further information or to offer support/funding.
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.
Ok. We know we shamefully lost this beautiful pub, but it appears planning applications are now progressing for a 66 bed Care Home on the site. Otley Pub Club has consistently opposed change of use plans for this site and we are now aware that others have raised significant concerns about this specific proposal. There are many objections to the development. Mainly due to the ambiguous mature of the plans and lack of clarity on exactly what is being proposed. There are a lot of documents in the proposal:
As a concerned Otley resident, we urge you to view the on-line docs. The deadline for objections is 18th January, so you haven’t long to get your feelings known.
The ODD Campaign (Appropriate Sustainable Development for Otley) https://theoddcampaign.webs.com/ have already submitted questions and they can be viewed on our website.
There’s lots more on this. Including exactly how to register your comments on our website:
Monthly music “The Bay Horse Jam” – 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.
- Mon & Tues: 4pm to 11pm
- Weds & Thurs: Midday to 11pm
- Fri & Sat: Midday to “Late”
- Sun: Midday to 11pm
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
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!”
- 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.
Cross Pipes (Otley’s newest Freehouse!)
Re-opening soon after re-furbishment.
The Curious Hop Bière Café
Remember it’s in Orchard Gate – the old Groove Pad place.
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!
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)
New menus available on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/TheFleeceOtley
We’re waiting on news of the meal and drinks offers which will return once the new team have their feet well and truly under the table.
Tel. 01943 968220
Horse and Farrier
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.
Don’t forget the 4 fantastic rooms for B&B!
- Mon to Weds: Midday – 10pm
- Thurs to Sat: Midday – 11pm
- Sunday: Midday – 10:30pm
- Weds – Sat: 12-8pm
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.
Usually post daily on Facebook and Twitter with changing beer options. Give them a follow: https://www.facebook.com/theoldcockotley/?fref=ts
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm
Otley Tap House
Kids still eat for £1! 7 days a week 12-7pm. With every adult burger and fries purchased, 2 children can eat for £1 each off the kids menu. T&Cs see their Facebook site
Ale Club has become the all new extended and enhanced Beer Club Happy Hour! The offer now includes all Cask Ales, San Miguel, Aspall and Guinness!! Midday to 6pm Mon to Friday. All pints are £2.90
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 (incl Play your cards right):
1st Place – £50 Otley Burger Co Voucher
2nd Place – £20 Bar Tab
3rd Place – £15 O’Fresh Voucher
Picture Round – £10 O’Deli 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 – 10pm (Burgers: Midday to 9.30pm)
Telephone: 01943 466755 (bar) or 0758 4357229 (burgers)
Or, order via the Otley Taps App in house or for home delivery
The pool table has returned! And it’s free pool every Wednesday!
- Sunday to Thursday: Midday to 10.30pm
- Friday & Saturday: Midday to 11.30pm
Kitchen coming soon!
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
Big screen sports entertainment. DJs Friday and Saturday nights
10.30am to 11pm daily, (except close midnight Friday)
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. Mulled wine £4.00
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday – 4 till midnight
- Wednesday – Closed
- Thursday to Saturday – 4 till midnight
- Sunday – 4 till 10.30
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/
This month’s Film Club – Sunday 29th January £3 per person per film
- 12.30pm Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (PG)
- 3pm Black Adam (12A)
- 6pm Top Gun Maverick (12A)
Rookery’s Facebook page for more details/prices/times:
Rose & Crown
Back open after a well-earned New Year’s rest.
It’s Dry January at the R&C – 10% off Inch’s medium DRY cider, Bombay Sapphire DRY gin, Pinot Grigio DRY white wine, Sauvignon Blanc DRY wine and Pinot Grigio Blush DRY wine – brilliant!
(Ed – What about the DRY roasted nuts? 😊)
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
- Keep an eye on R&Cs social media for more live acoustic sessions e.g. Sat 17th Dec Vocally Devoted live from 9pm
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 Winter Opening Times:
- Monday to Thursday:9am – 1pm Brunch, 12pm – 5pm Restaurant
- Friday & Saturday:9am -1pm Brunch, 12pm – 7pm Restaurant
- Sunday: 12pm – 6pm Restaurant
Please note: Mon to Thurs the restaurant will close at 5pm. Taproom and snug remain open for food and drink. Normal booking arrangements apply.
Last bookings 15mins before closing time
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/
A special Sunday gig 15th January – it’s the fantastic “We Three Things” playing in the taproom from 7pm. It’s a pay-as-you-feel gig – so just turn up and enjoy!
Pick up your Shadow Brewing merchandise at the bar. Bobble hats, hoodies, T-shirts and caps.
Ian’s doing some wonderful stuff outside of his normal openings. He’s had the men’s and women’s support group (separate events), plus book club meeting, private parties booking the place out – great stuff.
Other than the Tap Room Talks, regular hours are Fri & Sat 6-10pm
Check out Shadow’s Facebook site for dates and times of the mid-week Taproom Talks
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
Every day 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
New log burner installed in the bar! Toasty!
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!
The Yew Tree are massive dog lovers, and now have a new ‘doggy carvery’ every Sunday from midday to 4pm. When you eat, your best friend can eat alongside you!!! Just £1.50 per dog for meat scraps, healthy veggies and a little gravy! (All 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.
This month’s Pub of the Month is……The Royalty which is anything but a town centre pub! It’s an even more difficult climb out of Otley than the Roebuck on the other side of the valley, which at least has a proper footpath going all the way to its front door. So it wasn’t surprising that it didn’t open until dinner time, when the passing customers started to come in for meals and midday drinks. Until now, that is!
Starting on Tuesday the 3rd of January the pub has opened at 9am from Monday to Saturday, serving brunch in the taproom until 1pm. The menu varies from a full fried breakfast to vegan grilled polenta or crushed avocado and scrambled egg on toast, or just a bacon or sausage sandwich. Even after just a week they’ve taken account of feedback and made some changes like adding a full vegetarian breakfast, with more options coming soon. If you’re walking the dogs on Surprise View in the morning and just want a seat by the fire and a warming drink, you can take them with you into the taproom and get that too.
The pub is a welcoming sight at any time of day for walkers who’ve struggled up the White House steps! And if you’re driving past, it’s a great place to stop and look out over the Aire valley and Leeds Bradford airport from the extensive gardens. (I have been known to sit in the garden with a drink, waiting to pick up passengers on an incoming flight. You can watch the plane land, wait till they call when they’ve reclaimed their luggage, then it’s less than a ten minute drive to go down and pick them up!)
There are a couple of fascinating posters in the rear corridor of the pub containing “A short history” of The Royalty and the surrounding land – from 1796 to 1982. (A relaxed way to read them is to take two photos on your phone, then sit down with a beer to examine them!) Tetley’s Brewery is quoted on one of them, saying when they bought the pub “This is an exceptional property in as much as it is in an isolated position and out of the way of ordinary traffic, but it is a well-known house and does a fairly good trade chiefly on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.”
Certainly on sunny afternoons the gardens are still often full, and even when the weather isn’t great the glass conservatory is a superb place to watch the world go by as you tuck into a meal. Add to all that the special events like their bonfire party and occasional classic car meetings and there are many reasons to brave that climb up the Chevin! And as Sunday June 11th this year will be the 100th anniversary of that Tetley’s takeover, maybe we can convince them to have a Tetley’s tap takeover that weekend to commemorate the event!
For more background on this iconic Otley pub, why not visit our website where you can find contact details, opening times and a brief history:
You could also check out their great website for menus, booking process and much more:
Also, check out the above entry for The Royalty and their email update service giving you a £5 discount!
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.
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 it’s 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 2nd February 2023. 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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