Welcome to the July edition of the Otley Pub Club newsletter. And a special welcome to our new subscribers. We’re a little later than usual but we’ve been very busy. With what you ask? See below.
Our Yorkshire Day Event for 2023 is in full swing. Entries for the Pub Photo Competition are now closed, and judging will take place soon. THANK YOU TO ALL THAT ENTERED! The event will comprise an exhibition of pub photos beginning August 1st (Yorkshire Day of course!) in the Stables Yard at the Black Horse Hotel and run for 5 days. Please get yourselves along and have a look – there are some beauties, as well as some beasts. As well as the physical photos on display, there will be a slideshow running on the mahoosive screen with photos of Otley pubs – some new, some old and some very old, including many characters from around the Otley pub scene over the years – see who you can spot – you may spot yourself! We would like to extend our warmest thanks to the team at Otley Camera Club and Otley Museum for making this possible. The winners will be announced on August 1st at the Black Horse at a time to be decided – watch out for our Social Medias about that.
Well, what an amazingly busy month it’s been. Some fantastic events last month.
The Otley Walking Festival was one of the busiest and best ever. Walks for all ages and abilities around the area. The effort put in by the organisers and guides is outstanding – well done to all. Looking forward to next year already
The town centre Cycle Racing was another hugely busy night for the town. OK, a slight inconvenience for a couple of hours due to the road closures, but what an advert for the town. Hopefully, our local businesses did well!
The Carnival was a tremendous success, despite a small rain shower during the parade. Congratulations to all the Committee, Volunteers and Participants for keeping this iconic Otley event running.
The 2 live music events in town, Otley Music Fest and Otley Live, although not blessed by the best weather for the outside events, were fantastic. The standard of performances around town was superb and brought many visitors in. Again, massive congratulations to all the organisers and performers for making Otley a #FamousMusicTown!
There is some bad news regarding the Cross Pipes closure – more info below under Pub News.
As above, 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?
And of course, a call out to all publicans, if you do change hours/days of opening, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org 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 sees the return of Pub of the Month.
Here we go….
Otley Pub Walkers
Watch out for more regular meets and walks around the area. There’s a WhatsApp group that is the prime vehicle for news and often posts impromptu walks – e.g. Anyone free tomorrow for a walk to …..
Why not get involved? Check out their Facebook page and send a message to join the WhatsApp group. All capabilities and pets welcome! https://www.facebook.com/OtleyPubWalkers
Otley Folk Club
The Otley Folk Club meet every Weds evening upstairs in the Black Horse. Singers’ nights run on alternate weeks. All welcome!
Programme – all tbc:
5 Singers Night
12 ROGER SUTCLIFFE
19 Singers Night
26 GORDON TYRRALL
2 Singers Night
9 ALLAN TAYLOR
16 Singers Night
23 LAST ORDERS
30 Singers Night
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:
Further off but worth noting in your diary (does anyone still have on of them?) – Ok, Smartphone calendar.
Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza
Knotford Nook, Pool Road, Otley, LS21 1EA on Sunday 10th September 2023 – 10:00 am – 4:00pm
Vehicle Entry Forms NOW AVAILABLE from their website: https://www.ovte.co.uk/
Attractions Include: Fairground Organs, Classic & Veteran Cars, Motorcycles, Military Vehicles, Heavy & Light Commercials, Tractors, Steam Engines, Trade Stands, Car Boot Sale, Displays, Brass Bands, Childrens Amusements, Punch & Judy Show, City of Leeds Pipe Band, Terrier Racing AND MUCH MUCH MORE!
Admission: Adult: £5.00, Concession (over 60s): £4.00
Children under 14 FREE if accompanied by an adult over 18
FREE Car Parking
OTLEY BEER FESTIVAL returns for 2023!
Last week the Otley Beer Festival committee approved the arrangements to go ahead in partnership with the rugby club for 2023. They told us:
“We are delighted to announce that the Otley Beer Festival will be returning on the 17/18th November in partnership with Otley Rugby Club. Details are being worked on and more news will follow as arrangements are finalised, please check the website www.otleybeerfestival.co.uk for updates“
After missing the last couple of years due to first of all Covid and then organisational difficulties, it’s great to hear that this iconic Otley event will be returning. Get the date in your diaries. Diaries? OK…Calendar App!
Lots happening. Due to the pub going into administration and the receivers take over the property. It’s up for Sale – by the way, information for the Selling Agents, it is not a “Former Pub” – it’s a pub that is temporarily closed! A cash offer was made by a local group for the full asking price. Their aim was to completely refurbish the pub inside and out. Plus, re-establish the much-needed B&B rooms! They are fully aware of what’s needed and have the funds and personnel to carry out the work immediately. All good news, right? Well, not unless you are greedy and want more money – more than the asking price. Which is exactly what is happening. It appears the seller is now offering the property to the highest bidder, which will encourage non-pub developers – apartments, houses, retail outlet, restaurant who knows?
We, along with other interest groups have called on the Seller to “Do the right thing” and keep this valuable community asset alive – AS A PUB!
You can read more about this, plus our letter to the Sellers pleading with them to keep it as a pub, here:
IMPORTANT! All very quiet from sellers Thwaites as to the state of play. We understand that their selling price is deterring potential buyers (of which there were a few) due to the cost of repairs needed.
After the recent meeting of the Community Bid group, the Bid is back under way as they waited for potential buyers who have since gone. Expect more news soon with setting up of the Community Bid website and the start of a fundraising programme.
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
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.
It appears that the last planning application has been withdrawn. We are not at all surprised by this. The poor quality application was full of holes and discrepancies. Watch this space for more news!
You may have noticed that a sign has gone up at the Tav. Either Freehold or Leasehold is on offer – free of any brewery tie. Now closed unfortunately.
Horse & Farrier
Again, Freehold or Leasehold up for sale. But again, still open and trading with some fantastic live music events.
Freehold, Leasehold, Free of Tie – what does it all mean?
We’ve covered these items before but in summary:
Freehold = you buy the building. Like when you buy your house
Leasehold = the building owner rents you the building for an annual fee. The details of the lease can vary tremendously
Free-of-Tie = You are not bound to take stock from a particular supplier, brewery, pubco etc.
Monthly music “The Bay Horse Jam” – going down a storm and very popular – 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.
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 5pm – 10.30pm
- Thurs: Noon – 10.30pm
- Friday & Saturday: Noon – 11pm
- Sunday: Noon – 10.30pm
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 – Fri = Midday – 2.45pm
Sat & Sun = Midday – 3.45pm
Black Horse Hotel
Summer Cinema in the Stables Yard – FREE throughout August each Thursday:
Aug 3rd – Drop Dead Fred @ 4pm
Aug 10th – Rocketman @ 7pm
Aug 17th – The Goonies @ 4pm and Mean Girls @ 7pm
Aug 24th – James & The Giant Peach @ 4pm and Coneheads @ 7pm
Happy Hour 5pm to 6pm Monday to Friday all beers £3 – Fantastic!
Tuesday = Pie Day! Pie and a Pint (Kirkstall Core Cask range) £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!”
Wetherspoons own site has a very interesting history of Otley and the pub:
- 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.
Closed currently – see above for news.
The Curious Hop Bière Café
‘The Beer and Book Club’ second Wednesday of every month to chat about whichever book they’ve been reading. If you want to go along on Wednesday the 10th of May, not only can you get the book at a discount in the Bookshop on the Square, (unless you have it already, of course) but you’ll also get a discount on your drinks on the night. If you like books, and you like beer, why not give it a try?
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. They’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!
Don’t forget it’s Steak Night on Tuesdays 5-8pm 2 Rump or Gammon steaks and a Bottle of house wine £40.00.
Why not join us for our Early Bird menu. Tuesday-Friday 5-6.30pm – also now doing Snacks in The Snug!
Early Bird Menu 5 – 6.30pm:
2 courses – £17
3 courses – £21
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
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.
After the huge success of the Thursday Open Mic nights (not been yet? Please do, it’s great!), the 2nd Sunday of each month sees another Open Mic event from 6pm. In good weather this may be outside. There’s a house guitar, piano and full PA available. All welcome!
Don’t forget the 4 fantastic rooms for B&B!
- Mon to Weds: Midday – 10pm
- Thurs to Sat: Midday – 11pm
- Sunday: Midday – 10:30pm
- No food at the moment
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
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.
They usually post daily on Facebook and Twitter with changing beer options. Give them a follow:
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm
Otley Tap House
Kids still eat for £1! 7 days a week until 7pm. With every adult burger and fries purchased, 2 children can eat for £1 each from the kids menu. T&Cs see their Facebook site – NOW extended until 30th September 2023 – Fan-burger-tastic!
The Happiest Happy Hour Ever! The offer now includes all Cask Ales, Coors or Aspall!! From opening to 6pm Mon to Friday. All pints are £3.00
Watch out for 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 (followed by Play Your Cards Right):
1st Place – £50 Food and Drink Voucher
2nd Place – O’Deli Group 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 – 10.30pm (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
Closed until further notice
Welcome to new landlord Josh Barrett who has this message:
“Hope you’re all well! my name is Josh and I’m the new landlord at the Red Lion Otley! Hope to see you all in the next few weeks as I get to know the lovely town and everyone that comes with it.
Pop down for some good music, affordable drinks and a fresh new face behind the bar!
Come down to The Red Lion for some summertime deals!
Any 6 bottled lagers £17.50!
3 WKD’s only £6!
3 for £6 on sambuca!
4 for £6 on sourz shots!
5 for £10 on tequila rose!
WE will also be showing and the Wimbledon matches as well as the upcoming cricket test matches!
Pop down for some good value drinks and a friendly atmosphere!”
Big screen sports entertainment.
Don’t forget the lovely re-covered pool table.
Lots of events and offers ongoing. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date.
10.30am to 11pm daily, (except close midnight Friday)
Red Lion Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OtleyPub
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.
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday – 4 till midnight
- Wednesday – Closed
- Thursday to Saturday – 4 till midnight
- Sunday – 4 till 10.30
The fantastically hilarious Shoe Cake Comedy return for a season of Rookery Comedy Nights
2 more comedy night dates for your diary this year, all held upstairs at The Rookery Bar & Venue :
- Friday Sept 22nd – New Act/New Material night with headliners The Halls of Ridiculous https://skiddle.com/e/36277776
- Friday Nov 10th – New Act/New Material night with headliners The Halls of Ridiculous https://skiddle.com/e/36277807
Please share and invite your friends
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/
Tickets are, as always, £3 per person, per film.!
There are only 30 seats available for each film so get in early to be guaranteed a place for all the magic.
Rookery’s Facebook page for more details/prices/times:
Rose & Crown
NEW meal offer – 50% Off all main meals Tuesdays 12 til 9pm
Following on the huge success of the previous 2 months events, here’s the next one:
Sat 29th July 9pm to 1am it’s….. Dance through the Decades from 50s to 00’s (and 10s & 20s I guess?) Free entry and live DJ – get in early they are very popular!
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.
- Saturday – it’s Bottomless Brunch. 12pm to 5pm (pre-booking required). For 90 minutes choose any 3 of our Tapas dishes and enjoy unlimited Prosecco, cocktails or selected soft drinks
- First Sunday of every month Live Music Open Mic night from 7.30pm hosted by the fantastic Marshalls & Friends – 7th May
- Keep an eye on R&Cs social media for more live acoustic sessions
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
The 1st Royalty Beer Festival on 12th August from 1pm to 10pm – Food (BBQ for gourmet burgers and much more), Music (4 Local live bands appearing), Drinks (outdoor bar serving a huge range of real cask ales, lagers, ciders & other draught products) – £10 per person (for non-email club members – so why not join the email club and get half price entry! – check with the Royalty staff for more info) Unlimited drinks package for 2 = £125, plus u16s free!
“At this exciting event, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a variety of beers from local breweries. From hoppy IPAs to crystal clear pales, there’s something for every beer enthusiast. Discover new flavours, meet fellow beer lovers, and immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere.
Aside from the incredible beer selection, we’ve got live music performances lined up to keep you entertained throughout the day. Soak up the tunes while sipping on your favourite brews and enjoy the lively ambience.
Whether you’re a seasoned beer connoisseur or just looking for a fun day out, The Royalty Beer Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience. Make sure your calendar is marked for the 12th August and we will see you there!”
Get your tickets now – more here:
Remember to join the Royalty’s email newsletter scheme to receive discounts, offers and news. Like, The Royalty Kids Meal Deal will run weekdays, from Monday 24th July-Friday 1st September. When you buy any kids meal you have a choice a drink or Ice Cream to be included in the price.
(Conditions apply, please ask a member of staff for details)
Sign up for the Royalty Email Club at https://theroyalty.eo.page/xtvmn And get £5 off your next visit.
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
Four refreshing spritz for those warm summer nights. Choose from Aperol, Limoncello, Bellini or Passionfruit Spritz. All at £6.95
New Opening Times:
- Monday to Thursday: 11am – 8pm (kitchen til 7pm)
- Friday & Saturday: 10am – 8pm (kitchen til 7pm)
- Sunday: 12pm – 7pm (kitchen til 6pm)
Brunch and Light Bites (sandwiches/Jackets etc.) Mon – Sat: opening til 2.30pm
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/
The Royalty Road Show are back on Weds 28th June. Classic cars on show usually from 6pm with the new BBQ menu in full swing.
Check out their FB site for future dates and times. Why not give them a follow?
https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyaltyRoadShow Come and view all the amazing cars (and bikes!).
Shadow Brewing (see our Pub of the Month feature below)
Congratulations to Shadow on their 2nd year anniversary! Celebrations in house weekend of 21st/22nd
Events in July:
Sun 2nd – board games from 6pm onwards
Tues 4th – MINT (Men In Need Together) 7pm Onwards
Tues 11th – MINT 7pm onwards
Sun 16th – Record Shop & Beers 2pm – 6pm
Tues 18th – MINT 7pm onwards
2nd Birthday Weekend Fri 21st 6pm to 10pm & Sat 22nd 4pm to 10pm
Tues 25th – MINT 7pm onwards
Weds 26th – Women’s Taproom Talk 8pm to 10pm
Sun 30th – Live Music – Rory & The Nature Kids
Other than the above events, regular hours are Fri & Sat 6-10pm
3 different Book Clubs now meet monthly at Shadow. Get in touch with Ian for dates and chat about which one suits you.
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
- Everyday 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 live acoustic sessions.
This Saturday 6th May at 7pm the fantastic Lewis Robinson.
All the big screen sports are on!
Open daily Midday to 11pm
Basket Meals Mon to Sat 6pm to 11pm:
Chicken in a basket, Scampi in a basket, Chunky Fish Fingers & Chips, Nachos, Overloaded Cheesy Chips, small Pepperoni & chips. All £5.25 each!
Your friendly community local north of the river.
- Senior Lunch every Thursday 12pm until 2pm. Any main course and a soft drink or hot drink for just £4.95. Add a dessert for just a pound!
- Fun quiz nights every Sunday, including the popular eliminator quiz. Great prizes to be won including beer vouchers, Supercar driving experiences, computer tablets and more!!!
- Free pool every Wednesday from opening time at 4pm until closing!
- We have a pool team that play every Tuesday, contact us if you’re interested in joining!
- We welcome motorhome and campervan stopovers at The Yew Tree. No need to book, just turn up! We have an outside tap at the rear of the pub and toilet facilities until we close.
- We are able to hire our lounge free of charge for funerals, parties, meetings, and more. We have 3 levels of buffet available including teas and coffees. Call 01943 461330 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. For parties we have a resident DJ available if required.
- And don’t forget the doggy carvery! Your best friend is welcome to eat with you for just an extra £1:50! (All doggie proceeds donated to Moorview Rescue).
Have you tried one of our Sunday carveries yet?
Just £9.95 with beef, ham, turkey and pork, roast potatoes, mash, honey glazed parsnips, carrots, broccoli, green beans, sprouts, cabbage, peas, stuffing, cauli cheese, proper gravy and Yorkshire puds! All home made!
Just see our reviews! Call 01943 461330 to book now! Doggy carvery just £1.50
- Monday to Wednesday: 4pm – 11.30pm
- Thursday: 12pm – 11.30pm
- Friday & Saturday: 2pm – 11.30pm
- Sunday: 12pm – 11.30pm
Kitchen Hours (additional to basket meal times above):
- Thursday: 12pm – 2pm
- Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 8pm
- Sunday Carvery: 12pm – 4.30pm
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 email@example.com 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.
PUB OF THE MONTH – SHADOW BREWING
Monday the 17th of July is the second anniversary of the opening of Shadow Brewing’s micro-brewery taproom to the public. Since then, the brewer, landlord and sole member of staff Ian Shutt has made the place quite an important addition to the local community. It might only be open Friday and Saturday nights (and some Sundays), but it is available for community use 7 days and nights a week. And it is one of the few pubs or bars in Otley with level wheelchair access and a fully accessible toilet.
For a start there’s a live music night once a month on a Sunday. Not always the same Sunday every month, but so far it has managed NOT to clash with the board games night, which generally takes place on the first Sunday every month! Three local musicians who call themselves ‘We Three Things’ will usually open the event, and then introduce the guest artiste(s) they have invited for that night. The quality of the music is excellent, and well worth a visit. Details of the programme up to December are on the Shadow Brewing Facebook page.
As well as the board games night, there are also three different book clubs that meet there once a month. On the last Wednesday of every month there’s a women only night, and there’s a weekly group for men called MINT – Men In Need Together – for those who want someone to talk to. With all that going on, and with Ian being the only member of staff (AND having a full-time job!), you might wonder how he manages. Help from family and friends is the answer! Ian usually sets up the evening, then someone else will look after the bar – if it’s needed. He’s always there for the music nights though, and you’ll see him behind the bar every Friday and Saturday.
If you’ve never been to the taproom, and you’re wondering where it is, it’s on Boroughgate facing the Maypole, just beyond The Otley Tap House and The White Swan as you head out of the town centre. Even then it’s only 3 minutes’ walk from the Market Square! Ian will be happy to welcome you. As he said, he already has “a lovely group of customers” who visit on a regular basis, and he says that many of them are new Otley residents. Maybe they’re from the East end of town as well, as Shadow is the first pub on the way in, now The Manor House is closed.
Ian has no plans at the moment to open for more than 2 nights a week, but is still thoroughly enjoying the hard work after 2 years. “When it stops being fun, I’ll stop!” he said. But with Central Lancs CAMRA coming to visit on July 29th; the Otliensians hockey team visiting as well – Ian sponsors their sleeves; Otley singles heading their way soon; and Otley Sailing Club and Otley 2030 amongst previous visitors; it doesn’t look as though his customers want him to close any time soon.
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 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. 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 3rd August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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