January ’22 Newsletter

Hello folks and a very warm January welcome to our new subscribers. Happy New Year to all!

We trust you had a safe and lovely Christmas and New Year with family and friends. It was great to be out and about and seeing so many of our pubs and bars doing well. Yes, there have been a couple of unforeseen short-term closures due to Covid outbreaks, but on the whole, I think the town has responded brilliantly.

It’s not going away, is it? Covid (and all the new variants) is still with us, and cases are still rising. The new restrictions have spared the hospitality sector (for now?), but there’s no reason why we can still all do our bit with hand sanitising (is that with us forever? probably) and social distancing. Facemasks are still optional for hospitality, but many people still choose to wear them, and why not if it gives you the confidence to go out and about?

Lots has happened over the last month.

The Otley Pub Walkers, after the success of their round town Halloween Haunted Hike, tried to walk off the old turkey (or nut roast!) on Boxing Day. The intrepids set out from Buttercross for a gentle (?) 8-mile stroll taking in the 2021 re-opened Malt Shovel in Menston (done out beautifully – shame the fire is out of commission!). Then on to the 2021 re-opened Hermit in Burley Woodhead (again beautifully restored), Down to The Red Lion in Burley in Wharfedale and back across the golf course into Otley finishing at The Black Horse and Old Cock. Ok, out of town pubs but no reason why we shouldn’t spread the love every now and again.
More walks are planned, so give them a follow on Facebook:
It’d be great to see more people getting involved. Walks will be to suit all shapes and sizes and capabilities. Alcohol not mandatory of course! More below

The Christmas Farmer’s Market and Bay Horse Court Christmas Bazaars were all fantastically supported. Well done to all involved. It was a great advert for the town, and I hope the pubs and bars benefitted accordingly from the extra footfall.

Onto the main body of the newsletter. You’ll find Upcoming Events, Pub News and Pub Events. In our And Finally section look out for notice of a January event run by your Pub Club!

Otley Live 2022
It’s back! A message from the OL2022 team:
“SAVE THE DATE live music lovers! We’ve started planning Otley Live 2022 and so keep 29th-31st July FREE!
We’d love to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for helping to make Otley Live 2021 such a wonderful event. We couldn’t have done it without your support.
Watch this space for more music news coming soon x team OL x”

The space they’re talking about watching is their Facebook page:
It was a fantastic event last year. Give them a follow to keep in touch with acts, venues, times etc.
Otley Pub Walkers
After the success of the Halloween Hike around town, the newly formed Otley Pub Walkers are pleased to announce their next event – see below. Further strolls around town are in the pipeline and include an Easter (bonnet) Extravaganza in April, and a Summer of Love Stroll in July!
Why not give them a follow on Twitter @OtleyBootsnBeer or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Otley-Pub-Walkers-106243355246631 to receive details and updates?
A message from the OPW team:
“What a mess the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is making of our plans! Our Panto Palaver was due to take place on January 22nd, but with the continuing uncertainty about another possible Step 2 lockdown after Christmas, we can’t even contemplate a walk on that date yet. Hopefully we’ll be able to go ahead with our Easter Event, but we’ll keep updating the news on that”
Well, the good news is hot off the press and the team have arranged a Valentines Masked walk (masks optional I guess?) on Feb 13th. More details to be announced asap, but it will involve a gentle town-centre stroll and no doubt some pub visits in between. Great stuff!
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022
We’re still in the planning stages of exactly how we will celebrate with our awesome pubs – especially with the extra Bank Holiday (Spring Bank Holiday will be moved from Monday May 30 to Thursday June 2, and there will be an extra Bank Holiday on Friday June 3 to make an extra-long weekend). We’re open to ideas! Suggestions welcome to info@otleypubclub.co.uk or come along to one of our socials for a chat – see below for venues and times.
Otley Carnival 2022
Again, a bit far in the future, and again not really our story to tell. But as there were two people at the Otley Pub Club October meeting who had just joined the carnival committee, and who reported that there was likely to be a carnival again in 2022, we think that’s good news that we can all enjoy!
Otley Pride 2022
Again, not directly pub related, but could/should bring in a lot of extra business into town. A message from the OP 2022 team:
“A small group of Otley folk have come together with a vision of holding an Otley Pride in 2022. We now need some dedicated people to join us to form an Otley Pride Committee to create our first Pride event. Initial meetings have taken place. Any interested people can email us at otleypridels21@icloud.com or alternatively message our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/prideotley
Things are moving on at a pace with an enthusiastic group of volunteers getting the wheels in motion. They still need help, and you can get involved by using the above contacts.
The date has been set for July 16th, 2022.

We’re still noticing that opening times are varying depending on time of day and footfall. Please check beforehand with the pub if you are making a special journey or meeting friends. It’s difficult for us to keep a definitive list of opening times, we try our best, so please be patient and remember, with all the great venues at our disposal, there’s nearly always an alternative!

The Bowling Green is temporarily closed and still undergoing renovation/extension (as if you haven’t noticed!) – work scheduled to be completed February, but Covid stoppages may push that back a bit.

Bay Horse
The Bay Horse Court Bazaar is a local makers and street food market, with Live Music, situated in the Bay Horse Court and will take place on the last Sunday of each month. Hot drinks and food available!!
Black Bull
Karaoke & Disco Nights every Friday 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
Black Horse
Big Quiz 1st Weds of the month @ 8pm (£1 per person, max 6/team, winning prize £30 bar tab)
Don’t forget the rooms have been beautifully refurbished and are now available for your family and friends to come and stay in town. Call in, ring 01943 465950 or email on booking@theblackhorseotley.co.uk for prices and availability.
Opening Hours:
Mon-Thurs: midday to 11pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 1am
Sun: 11.30am – 11pm
Steak & Wine Days – all day Weds & Thurs. 2 x rump steak dinner with a bottle of house wine only £30. Saving £16.85
NEW SATURDAY OFFER, any 2 1/2lb beef burgers from the menu and 4 bottles of beer £30. Saving £9.90
FISH N FIZZ FRIDAY OFFER, 2 x fish n chips and a bottle of Prosecco only £30. Saving £12.85
Opening Hours:
Mon & Tues: Closed
Weds – Sat: 11.30am – 10.30pm (food: 12 – 8.45pm)
Sun: 11.30pm – 6.30pm (food: 12 – 5pm)
Also, a date for your dairy: The Fleece will be closed from Monday 3rd January 2022 and reopen on Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 11.30am
Groove Pad
Great to see live music back on here – keep your eyes peeled for future events – like this:
“Are you a vinyl head like us? Then come join us at @groovepadotley for our weekly Tuesday Turntable (6pm til 10pm). You can listen to classic vinyl while drinking our selection of local ales (wines, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks also available – Ed). Bring your own vinyl if you like?! “
Also, don’t forget Quiz Night every Weds 8.30pm (£20 Groove Pad gift voucher up for grabs)
Opening hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues – Thurs: 2pm – 11.30pm
Fri – Sun: midday – 11.30pm
Horse & Farrier
Great to see the H&F getting some good food (a great menu by the way) and drink business. Their 4 beautifully restored bedrooms are open for Bed&Breakfast. Pop in or call 01943 468400 for prices and availability.
Opening Hours:
Mon – Weds: Midday to 10pm
Thurs – Sat: Midday to 11pm
Sun: Midday to 10.30pm
Live music continues every Tuesday and Saturday.
Plus, Sunday afternoon acoustic sessions from 3pm.
Keep your eyes on their social media as there may be last minute alterations to the booked acts: https://www.facebook.com/thejunctioninnotley
And of course, the legendary fire!
Open from midday to 11pm every day
Manor House
Another legendary fire! But still limited to weekend openings:
Fridays 16:00 – 01:00 (Open mic nights from 8.30)
Saturdays 14:00 – 01:00 (Music from 9pm)
Sundays 16:00 – 00:30.
New Irish traditional music sessions first Sunday afternoon of the month.
North Bar
Open from midday every day and closes at 11pm, except for Friday and Saturday (midnight) and Sunday (10pm)
Their beautiful Session Pale has been replaced by Vanishing Point (3.8% ABV Blonde Ale) as their staple cask ale offering – looking forward to trying it, plus 10p from every pint sold goes to Action Against Hunger UK – well done guys – great stuff
Old Cock
Another legendary fire (ok, wood burning stove!) Great drink selections. Usually post daily on Fbook with changing beer options. Give them a follow: https://www.facebook.com/theoldcockotley/?fref=ts
Open 11am to 11pm every day
Otley Tap House
Ale Club – Remember you can get some cracking cask ale pints for £2.50 12-5pm Monday to Thursday.
Quiz every Tues @ 8.15pm (50p per person – £95 in gift cards to be won), plus Play Your Cards Right (£1 to play – cash jackpot)
And don’t forget the Burgers, or the live sport on the huge screen!
Mondays Burger Offer:
Any single burger, fries and drink £8.45
175ml wine (excluding Prosecco)
Any single spirit and/or mixer
Any pint of beer or cider
Any large soft drink
Any bottled beer or cider.
Offer available 12.00 – 21:30
Otley Tavern
Food suspended for the time being – hoping to restart in the new year.
Quiz Wednesdays
Karaoke Sundays 5pm to 10pm (incl. Bingo!)
Live Saturday night music plus DJs. Big screen sports available
Great drinks offers – Happy Hour(s) – Mon to Fri 4pm to 7pm – 50p off beers making John Smiths £2.30 and cask ales less than £2.00 – Brilliant!
Red Lion
Big screen sports. Also, free pool every Weds 5pm onwards
For more information give us a call on 01943 463063
Bar opening hours:
Closed on Monday during the winter
Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 to 22:00
Sunday – 11:00 to 20:00
Kitchen hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday to Saturday 12.00 – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 12:00 – 6.00pm
Upcoming Events include Mark Morriss of The Bluetones live Feb 26th at 7pm
Also, the re-scheduled Tom Hingley gig is confirmed for Sat Jan 22 at 7pm
Check out events on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/therookerybar
Opening hours: Daily 4pm to Midnight, except Saturday open at Midday
Rose & Crown
Great to see good business returning to this iconic Otley pub. Some great cask ales on.
Sunday lunches (serving 12-4pm) are flying out. Kitchen plans to be open 7 days a week from Monday 10th Jan – menus out soon
Opening hours are midday to 11pm daily
Twitter: @TheCrownOtley
Message from Wayne “Been asked to work from home? Why not work from the pub instead! Superfast broadband, lots of charging points, hot drinks, soft drinks and of course alcohol for that end of day treat. Private booths and quiet corners too”
Autumn/Winter menus are out.
View the new menus here: https://the-royalty.co.uk/menus/
Book your table today: https://togo.uk.com/makeBookingv2?venueid=890&nv=true
Open Midday to 7pm daily, except Saturday open at 11.30am
Shadow Brewing
Open Fri and Sat 6pm to 10pm
Whitaker’s Arms
Home cooked food served daily 12pm-4pm (Closed all day Wednesdays)
Thursday 7.30pm (note 30mins earlier!) Quiz Night – £1 per person to enter & the winning team takes the Pot. Complimentary sandwiches during the interval – brilliant!
Opening hours:
Mon – Thurs: Midday to 9pm (Closed Weds)
Fri & Sat: Midday to 11pm
Sun: Midday to 6pm
Happy hour(s) – Mon to Fri 4pm to 7pm 50p off selected pints and £1 off bottles of wine – Great stuff!
Live music returns Sat 4th Dec, plus regular karaoke/DJ nights soon. Keep your eyes peeled to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whitakersotley
White Swan
First Wednesday of the month = Night Quiz at 7.30pm – Cash prizes available (£1 entry per person)
Opening times are 12pm till 11pm everyday
Great to see even more live acoustic music returning to Otley, check out the events: https://www.facebook.com/The-White-Swan-Otley-102190998856070
A message from the White Swan team “Any donations to The Sick Children’s Trust over this festive season would be greatly appreciated” – there’s a collection box on the bar – well done everyone!
Yew Tree
Saturday is Karaoke night and Sat 15th Jan is Christmas Party night with 3 course dinner (what?) Yes – for all those that couldn’t get together in December! Great idea!
For all events message us or ring 01943 461330 to book
Quiz on 7.30pm Sunday and the first Tuesday in the month 8pm til 9pm.
Don’t forget the amazing food
Thursday (12-2pm) Senior’s lunch £4.95 inc a drink (draught ale, soft drink or tea/coffee)
Sunday carvery (12.30 – 4pm) £8.95
Message via Facebook, or ring 01943 461330 to book a table
As usual, there is so much news that we can’t really cram it all in – live music, quizzes, great food and drink, karaoke and open mics, sport on TV and so much more in the pubs of our #FamousPubTown!
But here’s a recurring plea to all the landlords in town – please drop us a line to info@otleypubclub.co.uk 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.
And Finally….
Try January – Alcohol free beer tasting night!
We hope you all had a blast over Christmas and New Year and when it gets to January, our pubs need support more than ever (especially with the latest Covid restrictions).
Otley Pub Club are hosting an Alcohol-free beer tasting night to show that you can enjoy a beer even when not drinking and that you can still get out and support pubs!
We also hope (if the pubs inform us) to let you know in January all the alcohol-free choices in each pub, so that you can continue to support our pubs even if you are not drinking alcohol for some or all the months!
We’ll send out a separate email about this event and how to get tickets. Watch this space!  
We at Otley Pub Club missed out on our big 10-year anniversary party, so we hope to re-schedule for the New Year, where we might include our AGM, to which you will all of course be invited. There are a couple of Committee positions open, and we’d love you get involved and fill them. Remember, we are a purely volunteer Community-based club, with the main aim of promoting all of Otley’s great drinking establishments. The only qualification you need is to be enthusiastic about our #FamousPubTown. More details as we get them finalised. Stay tuned.
We are immediately in need of a Treasurer to manage our modest accounts, and a web-developer who can assist us in getting the most out our Word-Press based website. Both roles would be done on a voluntary basis, and you really would be helping our community-based operation. If you love Otley and it’s pubs, then please get in touch info@otleypubclub.co.uk
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 its 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.
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 below 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 Social: Thursday 3rd February 2022 – put the date in your calendar. Venues and times will be advertised through our usual social media outlets nearer the time.
Well folks, that’s it for this month. Please remember, if you want to get in touch email to info@otleypubclub.co.uk, 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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