Otley Pub Updates

November 2014

October November Notes
Otley Pubs Open: 19   19  Seems we’re counting the Tap House and North Bar as mini-pubs, so with the Royalty and Roebuck that’s 20! Grand eh?
Otley Pubs Temporarily Closed: 0 1  The Manor pending refit
Otley Pubs Permanently Closed: 3 4 Woolpack, Yeoman, Summercross, Bridge (do we count The Bridge?)
October November Notes
Outskirts Pubs Open: 2 2  The Roebuck (Spite) Open & popular. The Royalty – well worth the walk
Outskirts Pubs Temporarily Closed: 1 0
Outskirts Pubs Permanently Closed: 0 0  The Summercross, The Yeoman
October November Notes
Town Bars Open: 4 2 I’m sorry old boy but since we now class North Bar Social and the Otley Tap House as pubs it looks like we’ve lost 2 bars. We haven’t really but I don’t know how to add the new two into the pubs section. (Can you help, website chappies?).
Town Bars Temporarily Closed: 0 0
Town Bars Permanently Closed: 0 0

Otley Pubs

Pub Last Reported Status Latest News 28/10/14
The Bay Horse Open & Trading 3 Yorkshire Guest Beers always available. Now varied food. £2.70/pint  – or less – offers! Guest beer £2.00 a pint.
The Black Bull Open & Trading Still a lunchtime favourite. Newly repainted – looks grand.
The Black Horse Open & Trading Newly refitted including the letting rooms. Back to the quality place it should be.
The Bowling Green Open & Trading Current beer festival. (Might as well just leave that there all the time).
The Cross Pipes Open & Trading Music themed nights started. Loads of other stuff.
The Fleece Open & Trading Good range of real ales. New Chefs appointed. Reports of very good food.
The Horse & Farrier Open & Trading New menu. New manager. Minor refurbishment. Brewer and food events lined up.
The Junction Open & Trading Live music Tuesdays, Quiz Wednesdays. Outside smoking area at back.
The Manor House Temporarily closed for refit. Enthusiastic new tenants want to bring it back to the great pub it used to be. We’ll help them! Going to be a good beer and music place. We hope.
The Old Cock Open & Trading Constantly changing range of micro real ales. Leeds Camra pub of the year again.
The Red Lion Open & Trading New tenants in and looks very promising.
The Ring o’Bells (The Otley Tavern) Open & Trading The Otley Tavern. Now operated by our (former) Chair & Membership Sec.! 4 Real ales @ £2.50/pint. Superb quality Wharfebank. What an improvement!
The Rose & Crown Open & Trading Local guest beer added. Events planned.
The Summercross Closed. Demolition of toilet block complete. Closure now irreversible? OPC has contacted the ‘Developers’ and pleaded with them to either do the decent thing and sell it on so it can be re-opened as a pub, or get on with the development since it looks so awful. Cynically, they say they will start ‘within the next 18 months’.
Whitakers Arms Open & Trading Major refurbishment completed – and a grand job too. Live bands and music nights. Look at the wallpaper maps!
The White Swan Open & Trading  Major re-fit has done amazing things to this place. Smart, tasteful and now seems twice as big. Got to be seen! A good range of local real ales too. Quiz on Tuesdays, Cask Ale night Wednesdays.
The Woolpack Closed and no longer a Pub (Enterprise) Now a studio business. (anyone been in?)
The Yeoman Closed – now owned by Tate Fuel Oils Tate’s confirm will not re-open as a pub.
The Yew Tree Open & Trading Refurbishment completed and mighty fine it is too. Also still with what must be the most genuine tap ‘oil in Otley. More reports of crackin’ grub. Now new tenants so go say hello eh?

Outskirts of Otley

Pub Last Reported Status Latest News 28/10/14
The Spite (re-named Roebuck) Open! Nice pub area at the front. Good range of local micro brews.
The Royalty Open  – go and try eh? A good cosy tap room and they will turn the telly off if asked. Friendly folk in charge. Good for a winter warm-up.

Bars – Otley Town

Pub/Bars Last Reported Status Latest News 28/10/14
Korks Open & Trading Cask ales sold
North Bar Open & Trading This should now be under pubs. Some unusual beers . Don’t forget there is an upstairs too. Go in and see if you think it’s a pub or a bar. Outside tables now fitted.
Rocca’s Open & Trading Limited selection of real ales. Lots of music acts on. Good range of craft beers.
Otley Tap House (bar or pub?) Next to The Swan a new place. Whether it’s a pub or bar doesn’t matter. 6 handpumps and Otley now has two pairings (Whitakers-Lion and Swan-Tap).


While all information here is presented in good faith and is accurate to the best of our knowledge, no responsibility can be taken for incorrect or outdated reports.

We will welcome any corrections or constructive additions to this Monthly Update.

Compiled by Phil Greaves with grateful help.

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