The Royalty Inn
Where we are
Otley, LS21 3DG
Tel: 01943 463732
Sunday – Friday 12.00 – 23.00,
Saturday- 11.00 – 23.00
What we offer
Full Menu served Monday to Saturday 12 – 20.00 , Sunday 12.00 – 18.00
Yes – In tap room
Large Car Park
The Royalty Inn History
Little is known about The Royalty Inn. It was a Farm and Beerhouse in 1874 run by William and Jane Clapham. Richard Clapham, a farmer, also lived there.
The Royalty Inn, and over 30 acres of land, occupied by Mr. Thomas Steele, close to Otley Chevin, was disposed of for £1,540 in 1920. Five years later, the licence was transferred from Tom Hudson to Fred W. Stead of Leeds.
Until 1951 the Inn only had a beer licence so an application was made on behalf of Alexander G. Lee, of the Royalty Inn, for a full licence. Situated as it was on the top of Otley Chevin, a mile and a half from any other licensed house, there were many visitors during the summer. All round the year the house had an extensive trade, for meals and snacks in addition to beer, and there was a constant demand for wines and spirits. In winter, it was said it was very cold on the Chevin top and the landlord was constantly having to turn away requests for rum and whisky and other warming drinks. Evidence was given by Mr. Lee and Ellis Boden, Quarry Farm, Pool. The application was granted.
In more recent years, the inn was converted into what is so called a “gastro-pub,” and a large conservatory addedwhere hot mealscould be served. Walkers and the general public (including dogs) were most welcome in the tap room.