The Royalty Inn
Where we are
Otley, LS21 3DG
Tel: 01943 463732
What we offer
Full Menu – http://the-royalty.co.uk/menus
at least 3 available
Yes – In tap room
Large Car Park
Private hire of conservatory possible Monday to Friday; Bonfire Night event every year
The Royalty Inn History
The Royalty Inn sits on land previously known as the Manor of Guiseley. In 1801, the farmland was divided into parts before being auctioned for sale. The Clapham family – William and Jane Clapham, (Richard Clapham, a farmer, also lived there) ran the former farmhouse in 1874 with a possibility of running a beer house here too. Confirmation of the premises being used as a beer house are confirmed by a lease dated July 1915.
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.
Mr. Hudson was the tenant before the outbreak of the 2nd World War, unfortunately before this time brewery records of tenants were poor. When war broke out Mrs. Hudson was left to run the beerhouse alone. However the brewery eventually took over and employed her as a manger.
In 1950 parts of the farmland were eventually sold and the following year the Royalty was granted a full license to serve wines and spirits. The application was made on behalf of Alexander G. Lee. 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.
Jack Stott, was licensee from 1957 to 1983 (roughly, exact dates not to hand) and prior to that he was licensee of The Melbourne Vaults, Otley.
In more recent years, the inn was converted into what is so called a “gastro-pub,” and a large conservatory added where hot meal scould be served. Walkers and the general public (including dogs) were most welcome in the tap room.
The new owners took over in September 2019. The current manager Jonathan Roberts also runs The Fox & Hounds, Bramhope and is passionate about great service and using the best ingredients available.
Photograph courtesy of Roger Stott – son of former licensee Jack Stott – date unknown. Roger informs us that two of the chimney pots, saved from refurbishment during 1960s alterations, are now garden ornaments in his Anglesey garden!