Where we are
Otley, LS21 2EY,
Tel: 01943 463063
Mon – Thurs TBA,
Fri – Sat TBA,
What we offer
Food Served:Mon – Sat TBA Sun TBA
The Roebuck Inn History
Mr. Danny Spence was born at the Roebuck Inn, Clifton, better known as ‘The Spite’ where his father, the late Mr. George Spence, held the licence for nearly 32 years. In 1883 George Spence took over the licence of the Red Lion, and the licence of the Roebuck was transferred to Mr. Daniel Spence. Two years later his father died, and Danny Spence became the licensee of the Red Lion.
One of Mr. Danny Spence’s favourite reminiscences was how the Roebuck got its more familiar name of ‘The spite.’ It occurred while his father was licensee. Originally there were two houses there, the ‘Roebuck Inn’ and the ‘Travellers’ Inn, both of whose licences were granted about the middle of the last century. An Otley man, usually a regular customer at the Travellers’ Inn, one evening called at the Roebuck. Later, he proceeded to his more usual house of call, but the landlady refused to serve him, saying if he could call at the Roebuck first, he could go back again. In reporting what had happened, the man expressed the opinion it was ‘now’t but spite and malice.’
The name stuck, and the houses were known as the ‘Spite’ and ‘Malice.’ The licence of the Travellers’ Inn was allowed to lapse many many years ago.
The Spite closed on Monday, 30th August 2010 and it was announced that the Spite Inn was on the market for £275,000 or offers (subject to VAT) nearly three months after stopping trading and only a year after re-opening. It was described by Westlake & Co., Chartered Surveyors, as being “very appealing and potentially lucrative business capable of expansion”, with a “large car park and garden areas.” Leeds North West MP Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland had only declared the pub re-opened at the end of August 2009.
In early 2011, it was learned that Chris Payne from Korks Wine Bar on Bondgate had purchased it. Planning Application was applied for in March to carry out works to the property. After months of discussions with Harrogate Council, the Application was eventually approved in July 2011.
The work has now been completed and the Inn is now open for business under its original name of “The Roebuck.”