September News Letter

Hi members,

A very special welcome to our new members. Getting a little bit chilly out there now so nice to see some Autumn sunshine today. So some late beer garden weather, then nearly time for many of our lovely pubs to get the fires lit! Now while I, like the next person, love the warm weather and sitting outside in the sun, I actually look forward to getting wrapped up and strolling down through Wharfemeadows Park to find a nice fireside to enjoy a lovely beer – mad I know!! A nice reminder that pubs are for all seasons!

Our Premier Membership cards are now ready for collection – see the details below. Also, news about an exciting new addition to the scheme – not to be missed! See below

OTLEY PUB NEWS

Rose & Crown – reopened and lovely!


Well – the long awaited opening took place last month and the feedback from almost everyone has been absolutely superb. Special mention go out to the quality of food being served – great stuff. Had to try it out myself of course and was certainly not disappointed. Great food and fantastically kept beers!

Bay Horse – refurb well under way and re-opening soon!


The builders are in and working hard putting gents toilets inside and sprucing the place up before opening. The helpful update we had from Hawthorn Leisure said told is that “the investment works are due to start on Monday 19th August to move the gents toilet inside and also that the site should be opening either w/c 9th September or at the very latest w/c 16th September, so it will definitely be open and trading for Otley Folk Festival and the OPC World Cycling Championships Pubs Nations event (see below). They also committed to having some Polish food on as they are Poland during Pub Nations!

World Cycling Championship PUB NATIONS! 21 – 29 September 2019  


Only 3 weeks to go now until the start of the UCI Road Cycling World Championships! They’re centred on Harrogate, but as the women’s and men’s elite races both come through Otley – on Saturday and Sunday September 28th and 29th – we’re making sure all Otley’s pubs will be ready to welcome riders and visitors alike. Otley pubs and bars will be ‘twinned’ with a top cycling nation, with that nation’s flag and bunting displayed, and the pub name translated into the national language – where appropriate. Lots of pubs are participating in the upcoming weeks offering promotions and national food options! (Bandeja Paisa at The Royalty?) Not just the weekend of the event itself. Should be quite a spectacle – come down and have a look!

Here’s the list of Pub Nations!

1 BELGIUM – NORTH BAR SOCIAL
2 FRANCE – THE OLD COCK
3 ITALY – THE BLACK HORSE
4 SPAIN – THE BLACK BULL
5 NETHERLANDS – THE CROSS PIPES
6 GREAT BRITAIN – THE BOWLING GREEN
7 COLOMBIA – THE ROYALTY
8 AUSTRALIA – THE FLEECE
9 DENMARK – THE OTLEY TAVERN
10 GERMANY – THE CURIOUS HOP
11 SLOVENIA – THE ROSE & CROWN
12 POLAND – THE BAY HORSE
13 SWITZERLAND – THE JUNCTION
14 NORWAY – THE ROEBUCK
15 AUSTRIA – WHITAKERS ARMS
16 CZECHIA – THE RED LION
17 SLOVAKIA – THE ROOKERY
18 IRELAND – THE MANOR HOUSE
19 PORTUGAL – THE YEW TREE
20 CANADA – GROOVE PAD BEER & VINYLS
21 NEW ZEALAND – THE WHITE SWAN
22 USA – STEW AND OYSTER
23 LUXEMBOURG – OTLEY TAP HOUSE
24 SOUTH AFRICA – THE HORSE & FARRIER

Otley Pub Club Premier Membership Cards – RENEWAL/ENROLMENT DUE NOW!

Hopefully, most of you are aware of our fantastic Premier Card membership scheme. For an annual fee of £10, you will get a membership card and access to a range of discounts from our local Pubs. Although the list has been reduced over the last 12 months due to pubs changing hands, we are endeavouring to get the numbers back up to as many as possible. Sterling work by our Committee (thanks Julie and Cate!) has seen the addition of Ottah’s Leah – see below.

So here are the current offers:

  • Stew & Oyster – 10% off all drinks and food (Card holder + any party up to 6 in total)
  • Yew Tree – 20% off food (Card holder + 1 and not in conjunction with the Carvery or pensioners lunch)
  • Royalty – 10% off drinks at the bar (cardholder + 1).
  • Groove Pad & Vinyl – 10% off T-shirts & vinyls
  • Ottah’s Leah – 10% discount off food and drinks

Hopefully, as the scheme gains in popularity, more pubs will join in! Please be ready to either begin your OPC Premier Membership journey or hopefully renew now. I’m sure you’ll see that your £10 membership fee can be recovered in just a couple of trips out!

So make sure you get yours! NOW AVAILABLE at Groove Pad & Vinyl, The Curious Hop and Browns Gallery!

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Sunday 8th September – Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza

Vintage vehicles and fab for families! Rev up your engines and come down to Otley to have a blow out at the annual . Held every September on fields on Pool Road, there are more than 500 vehicles on display, from push bikes to huge steam engines. 10am-4pm Followed by a refreshment in town no doubt?

Otley Folk Festival – Friday 20 – Sunday 22 September

Yep, it’s September and that means it’s Folk Festival weekend! A brilliant weekend to enjoy some music, dancing and Otley’s famous pubs!

The re-opening of the Black Horse means that we have a great pub venue included again!

Friday 20 September will consist of a concert at the newly re-furbished Black Horse Hotel, a concert at the Labour Club and a concert at the  Courthouse with Chris Newman & Mairead Ni Chathasaig with support from Kitty MacFarlane. Also Malcolm and Zeke will be running a folk club event at The Woolpack Music Studios. Pre-booked tickets are available for the Courthouse event (£20), all other events are pay-on-the-door between £5-£10.

Saturday 21 September has an afternoon concert at the Black Horse plus  street entertainment, workshops and singarounds. In the evening there is a concert at the Parish Church with Phil Beer, Flossie Malavialle and Bill Jones. Also an American Square Dance Hoedown Sponsored by the Yorkshire Federation of the British Association of American Square Dance Clubs in Association with White Rose Squares at the Methodist Hall. There will also be a concert in The Labour Club and the Black Horse. There will be acoustic events at The Woolpack Music Studios all day. Pre-booked tickets are available for the Parish Church concert (£25) or a full day ticket for Saturday (gets you in to everything £40)

Sunday 22 September…Sea Songs at The Woolpack Music Studios plus an afternoon acoustic concert, An afternoon concert at the Black Horse with lots of our favourite local bands. All of these events will be pay-on-the-door (£5-£10)

Plus as ever there will be lots of stuff in the pubs, all weekend, look out for what’s on!

See the website for the programme and how to buy tickets – http://www.otleyfolkfestival.com/

PUBS & BARS EVENTS & INFO

  • North Bar

Saturday 28th September – OKTOBERFEST IS BACK! And being celebrated across all of North’s bars!

  • The Junction

Now offering 30p off cask ale for CAMRA members on production of your membership card.
More good news. Rob has kindly extended the offer to OPC Premier Card holders – Fantsatic news!
“Does that mean 60p off each pint because I’ve got both cards?” Errr…..no!

  • The Black Horse

Two events to get your autumn underway:
10th October – Jesse Terry & Emma Stevens – have a listen on YouTube!
15th November – Sound of the Sirens – as above!
Also, Otley Folk Club – back at the Black Horse Sep 4 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Full diary and more info http://www.otleyfolkclub.org.uk/

  • Otley Tavern

Happy Hours 4pm-7pm 50p OFF all pints, prices starting from £2.25

  • The Bowling Green (Wetherspoons)

A new bundle £30 bundle of CAMRA voucher will provide memers with 50p off a pint at Wetherspoons and other pub chains (to be announced).  The vouchers are available on joining up or renewal of your membership from 1st July.

  • Groove Pad Beer & Vinyls

Otley Pub Club ‘Premier’ Membership Benefits:
Groove Pad Beer and Vinyl are happy to join the scheme offering 10% off clothing and vinyls (including OPC Merchandise) on production of a Premier card.  Groove Pad stock one of each of the OPC T-shirts and hoodies for customers to order with no additional mark up and stock Otley Pub Club ‘Premier’ membership cards. Up and coming events:
13th Sept – Groove Pad Horror Quiz Night
27th Sept – Northern Soul Night
11th Oct – back by popular demand – War of the Worlds night. Full themed night with a total play through of this iconic album!

  • The Rookery

Another fantastic event:
The Dunwells – Thursday 26th September 19:00

  • Horse & Farrier

The H&F now has BT and Sky Sports to show all televised sports including the Ashes, golf, cycling and the football.
Also, brand new menu introduced!

  • The Stew and Oyster

Karl and his team have received a 5-star food hygiene rating – congratulations from all at OPC
Also, a new Lunchtime Special offer. Any Stew or Sandwich with any side and a soft drink or coffee for only £8

  • The Fleece

Now open – Spud’s Riverside Bar! Check Facebook for more details!

Wow – we really are blessed to have such great pubs and variety of events. Please check out the individual pub social media accounts for up to date information. Why not follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.? There’s lots more happening than we have listed here by the way!

OPC COMMITTEE


We would still like a couple more people to join the Committee, so please just come to the meeting this Thurday 7:15pm in Whitakers
Or if you can’t make this night, send us an email!

OTLEY PUB CLUB MONTHLY SOCIAL

Otley Pub Club September Monthly Social is TONIGHT Thursday 5th September

As usual we will be visiting three pubs after the Committee meeting (which starts at 7.15pm).
This month’s pubs are:
8-8:45pm    Whitakers
8:45-9:30pm   North Bar Social
9:30-10:15pm  The Manor

All welcome!

Future Events for your diary that would include a visit to one of our lovely pubs of course!

22nd/23rd November (Fri/Sat) – Otley Beer Festival at Otley Rugby Club – http://www.otleybeerfestival.co.uk/
1st Dec  – Sunday – Otley’s famous Victorian Fayre (est 1985!) – www.victorianfayre.co.uk

AND FINALLY…..

Apparently Millenials [whoever they are?] are shunning alcohol – especially beer, because it makes you fat. Oh hang on….. “a survey conducted by Bank of …” Forget it!  As we always say everything in moderation!
https://www.businessinsider.com/millennials-ditch-beer-nutritional-concerns-2019-8?r=US&IR=T

And to keep things balanced – “10 scientific reasons drinking beer is actually good for you” – Read more:
https://metro.co.uk/2015/06/22/10-scientific-reasons-drinking-beer-is-actually-good-for-you-5257226/?ito=cbshare

Very best regards to all

The Otley Pub Club Committee

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