September 2020 Newsletter

Well, how is your post-lockdown pub experience going? If you haven’t ventured out yet, that’s completely understandable. However, many pubs are providing excellent facilities for your safe drinking. Social distancing is in place, along with track & trace facilities at all our pubs. Yes, it can be frustrating that there isn’t one single method available, but each pub has their own system in place  – please find out what it is on entry, the staff will be more than willing to help and if we all contribute, then together we can minimise the effect of an outbreak locally. Fingers crossed.

Many pubs have outside areas that may very well be “hidden” – go and find them and remember, if you feel uncomfortable in a particular pub, we’re so lucky to have so many to chose from. Perhaps an ideal time to explore a pub you haven’t visited for a while?

For those that did venture out, I trust you took advantage of the EatOutToHelpOut scheme? Perhaps now that’s finished the Government might introduce a scheme to help wet-led pubs that have, and are being, affected by the whole Covid experience, owners’ rates demands and supermarket offers. #DrinkOutToHelpOut anyone? Seriously, our pubs need help now more than ever!
 
PUB NEWS – LOTS OF IT!
The Manor
Due to re-open September 11th – this is fantastic news for one of Otley’s most favourite pubs. Looking for part time staff evening and weekends.

Rose & Crown
Great news! Back open under new management. A very big welcome and good luck to Connor and the team. For opening times see below. Let’s hope this stalwart of the Otley pub scene goes from strength to strength.

Otley Tap House
More great news! Back open in conjunction with the Otley Burger Company and O’Deli – good luck to Joe, Tony and the team. More details on opening times below. The Burger Co van has relocated, and can be found in the yard at the back of the Taps.

Old Cock
The great news keeps on coming. Back open with outside seating! Looks great – let’s hope the weather improves a little so that the new seating outfront (and to the side) can be enjoyed. Inside has been reconfigured with perspex screens upstairs and down.

Whitakers
Even more great news. Opening Monday 7th September at 12:00 noon.
The interior looks fantastic and the “hidden” garden has been restored back to it’s beautiful setting for a quiet, away from the hustle and bustle sanctuary! Menu available for fresh home-cooked food. Sunday lunches.
Happy hours in place 4pm-7pm Monday to Friday.
I’m sure all our members will join the Committee in wishing Monica and Andy all the very best and good luck. Welcome!!

The Summercross
Remember this? The pub not the band 😉
Well, you may have seen that having been in the hands of developers for many years, it’s finally been put up “For Sale” – unfortunately not one of Asset of Community Value (ACV) pubs (that’s the main reason OPC was established in the first place!), so we are in the lap of the Gods. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone took it on and re-established this fantastic pub. Imagine the catchment area when the housing development gets underway to the east of the town. Business from the trades-people during development and then a whole new customer base on their doorstep. Anyone got a rich Aunt or Uncle? Perhaps a revival of SOS? #SaveOurSummercross

Horse & Farrier
Currently closed by Market Town Taverns. We have no news yet unfortunately. The rumour mill is beginning to turn it’s wheel and we will bring you the official news as and when we get it. Let’s hope this lovely venue comes back to us soon.
 
PUB EVENTS
Bay Horse
Along with their excellent selection of drinks, Jan and Dean serve sandwiches Friday, Saturday and Sunday – the ever popular Beef & dripping, Coronation Chicken, Pork or Chicken and stuffing, Sausage baps etc.
Also, the Bay Horse loyalty card – load with a minimum of £50 and we add on an extra £5.00  – selling really fast. Call into the pub for details.

Black Bull
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 50p off selected drinks
House Doubles – with a “dash” £3.50 – with Premium Mixer £4.50
Double up on Premium Spirits for just £1.50 extra

Black Horse Hotel
We’ll be closing our kitchen on Mondays, but will be back serving delicious new meals and exciting small plates from Tuesday onwards.
We’re still open everyday for your favourite Kirkstall pints.
SUNDAY ROASTS ARE BACK – Serving until 6pm

The Fleece
New opening and food service times which will start from 12th August.
Opening hours:    
Mon to Sat 11.30am – 10pm        Food: 12pm – 8:30pm
Sun 11.30am – 7pm        Food: 12pm – 5:30pm
Last food orders 15mins before close
Last table booking 30mins before close
Sunday roast will stop at 5pm (subject to availability)
Bank holidays, Times may vary
The Fleece weekly offers:
Monday Club – all cask ales £2.95 per pint
Tues – 2 steaks and a bottle of wine only £30, plus also Tues – any double gin (from a selection of 30+) & Fever Tree £5.95
Weds – Wine down Wednesday. Great selection of house wines only £9.95
per bottle
Thurs – 2 steaks and a bottle of wine only £30

Groove Pad Beer & Vinyls
Quiz night every Wednesday 7.30pm. New range of drinks, plus GroovePad hoodies and t-shirts available

The Junction
Rumour has it that Geza has had the fire going! Brrrh – Winter is coming. On the positive side, it’s lovely to sit in fromt of a real fire in the pub don’t you think?

The Manor House
See above – re-opening 11th September

North Bar Social
Open everyday from 12:00 – 22:00. We invite you to come drink in our (extended!) beer garden. Don’t forget if you don’t fancy a beer we have plenty of Dark Woods Coffee and a great selection of teas from the one and only Canton Tea to go round!

Otley Tap House
Otley Burger Company out back from 4pm every day.
Monday – Cask Ale Club (and Guinness!) All 5 of our hand pulls will be only £2 per pint all day, every Monday!!
Opening Hours:
Monday:        12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tues to Thurs    12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Friday & Sat    12:00 PM – 12:30 AM
Sunday:        12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Otley Tavern
Happy hour 4-7pm, with 50p off all draught pints. Stewies Kitchen back open soon.
Our friends at the Tavern have posted this message:
“Premier League Football at The Tavern:
Unless guidelines change we have decided to do bookings only for the Liverpool v Leeds match on 12th September (kick-off 5.30pm) to make sure we are Covid-19 secure. If your name is not on the list you will be refused entry, so book early to secure your seat and avoid disappointment.
Maximum people at one time is 35 so space is limited. If you wish to reserve a seat please get in touch ASAP. Tel. 01943 466666″

Red Lion
Also showing Premier League football and our friends there have posted this message:
“If you are visiting our lovely pub, we kindly ask that you respect the safety of yourself and other customers by adhering to government guidelines and registering your visit at www.pubtrace.co.uk Our team will be happy to help if you are struggling with this. Unfortunately, this is a condition of entry and further service will be refused to those who won’t provide some basic details”

The Roebuck
Since the re-opening after the Covid-19 Lockdown we are currently Closed Mondays & Tuesdays (Not including Bank Holidays). New Specials Board backed up by fantastic Main Menu
Roebuck Regulars:
Sunday Lunch = Every Sunday – traditional roast without the washing-up!
Wednesday Pub quiz = £1 entry 8.30pm start and the winner enjoys a tasty Terrific Tuesday Menu voucher x2
The Early Bird = Tuesday – Thursday 17:30-19:00 (excluding Bank Holidays)
– 2 Courses for £12.95
– 3 Courses For £15.95

Rose & Crown
Thirsty Thursdays – 25p off all spirits and pints!
Late night opening re-introduced Fri & Sat – 25p off all drinks from 6pm – 10pm
Temporary new opening times:
Monday and Tuesday closed
Wednesday and Thursday 5pm to midnight
Friday & Saturday Midday to 2:00am
Sunday Midday to Midnight

The Yew Tree
Food times:
Thursday 12pm – 2pm
Fri/Sat 5pm – 7.30pm
Sunday Carvery eat in or Free Delivery! – 12pm – 4pm. Just £8.95 or £7.95 for seniors & vulnerable. Call us to order 01943461330 Don’t forget – Our popular Quiz nights are the first Tuesday of the month 9pm-10.30pm and Sunday 8.45pm-10.45pm, with great prizes and a free supper!
 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR PUB NEWS HERE AND POSTED TO OUR 600+ MEMBERS MONTHLY, JUST LET US KNOW!
email: info@otleypubclub.co.uk

POSSIBLE THREAT TO SMALL BUSINESS BREWERS
Local and small brewers are potentially under threat as the Government looks set to increase tax paid by some small independent breweries.
You could help to protect local breweries, the beers they make and your choice at the bar by signing the petition urging the UK Government not to remove tax relief from the smallest brewers to allow larger brewers to pay less. There’s an interesting discussion on the topic between Nomadic Brewery boss and Timothy Taylors here.
The two letters referenced in the article are also useful in understanding the issue and if you wish you can add your name to the petition on the UK Parliament website here.

OTLEY PUB CLUB PREMIER MEMBERSHIP CARDS
Our Premier Card membership scheme is being extended for all existing members until 1st January 2021 – so you can continue to enjoy the discounts beyond the “normal” renewal date of 1st August free of charge. Our Premier Membership Cards are on sale at Browns Gallery, Groove Pad Beers & Vinyl & The Curious Hop. For an annual fee of just £10, you get a range of discounts from our local pubs and bars.
 
The current offers are as follows (on production of your current/valid (white) Premier Card): Yew Tree – 20% off food (Card holder + 1 and not in conjunction with the carvery or senior’s lunch) Royalty – 10% off drinks at the bar (cardholder + 1). Groove Pad Beer & Vinyl – 10% off cask beer, plus 10% off T-shirts & vinyls Ottah’s Leah – 10% discount off food and drinks OUTSIDE OTLEY – all Stew and Oyster branches 10% discount   As you can see, you £10 membership fee can be recovered in just a couple of trips out!

AND FINALLY…..
Otley Pub club is putting out a plea – we need more Committee members. The only qualifications you need are an interest in Otley’s wonderful pub scene. We specifically need a Treasurer, a Website engineer (both very lightly loaded tasks) and general committee members to help in news gathering and event organising. Please just send us an email to info@otleypubclub.co.uk and we can arrange to have a socially distanced chat. Ask your friends and family too. Thanks in advance!

We are continuing our monthly committee meetings (next one is Thursday Sept 10th) but for the moment the “social” aspect will be put on hold until restrictions are lifted.

Please feel free to get in touch with us regarding any matter relating to Otley pubs, whether you run the pub, or of course, a valued customer, we’d love to hear from you.
email: info@otleypubclub.co.uk

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So that’s it folks. Enjoy the last vestiges of summer. Stay fit and healthy. Drink responsibly and please observe social distancing rules/track & trace methods at all of our lovely pubs.See you around our #famouspubtown

Very best regards,

Otley Pub Club Committee

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