October Newsletter

Hi members,


We hope you had a great September – and enjoyed the good weather we had in early/mid September (remember that!), Otley Folk Festival, Otley International Town Criers competition and the UCI World Cycling Championships and Otley’s #PubNations!

Well done to all the pubs and bars (and shop and cafe!) that took part, there were some great efforts in adopting your home nation. A big thanks to Bob Brook who has worked his socks off for months organising this, contacting embassies and consulates and ordering and putting up banners and flags!  

There’s a nice mention of the Pub Nations celebration in the Wharfedale Observer and we got into The Guardian too.

Bay Horse – reopening on 12th October!

Good news – the historic Bay Horse is re-opening on Saturday 12th October. Husband-and-wife team Dean and Jan Ball have taken on the pub – after they saw it was available while stuck in traffic as they passed through the Yorkshire market town!
It has been given a facelift by owners Hawthorn Leisure, who has spent £40,000 to refurbish the venue, including on bringing the gent’s toilets inside  (which has needed doing for some time!) while Dean and Jan have invested £10,000 of their own to redecorate the interior and lay new flooring. The Bay Horse has reverted to a traditional colour scheme, and now features new lighting and signage and two ‘Joshua Tetley’ lamps that adorn the front and rear of the building have been renovated.
Dean, who with Jan ran The Fox & Hounds, in Langthorpe, near Harrogate, for four-and-a-half-years, said: “We both fancied a change, and happened to see that The Bay Horse was available while stuck in traffic passing through Otley, one day. It must have been fate, because it was the very pub at which we used to regularly meet friends, around six-years-ago.

“The pub had been closed for some time, and needed to be updated and refurbished, but now it’s had a facelift and has been brightened-up, we’re really looking forward to welcoming regulars back to the pub, attracting new customers, and making it somewhere that tourists want to visit.”
So we look forward to the 12th and to welcoming Dean and Jan and hope you will support them!

Otley Pub Club Premier Membership Cards

Our Premier Membership Cards are on sale at Groove Pad Beers & Vinyl, The Curious Hop and Browns Gallery.
For an annual fee of just £10, you get a range of discounts from our local pubs and bars. The latest pub to sign up is The Junction (thanks Rob!) giving 30p for every pint of cask ale!
So the current offers are as follows (on production of your Premier Card):
  • Junction (30p off a pint of cask ale)
  • Stew & Oyster – 10% off all drinks and food (Card holder + any party up to 6 in total)
  • Yew Tree – 20% off food (Card holder + 1 and not in conjunction with the carvery or pensioners lunch)
  • Royalty – 10% off drinks at the bar (cardholder + 1).
  • Groove Pad & Vinyl – 10% off T-shirts & vinyls
  • Ottah’s Leah – 10% discount off food and drinks 
As you can see, you £10 membership fee can be recovered in just a couple of trips out, so it’s a no brainer! So buy yours TODAY!  

Groove Pad First Birthday

This Sunday is the first birthday of Groove Pad Beer & Vinyls, so a happy birthday to Andy, Marie, Debbi and team! So do pop in to wish them happy birthday – and a happy birthday to them from Otley Pub Club!

Star/Heineken – The White Swan and Junction
We are concerned about both the Swan and the Junction.
At the White Swan, we had hoped that Star would have agreed a sensible deal with Chris by now, but despite what Star told us a couple of months ago, this hasn’t happened so will be expressing our concern to Star about this after the reassurances we were given by Star about what they would do with the pub.  
We’ve been told that Rob and Faye are leaving the Junction and the pub is up for lease. We are concerned that Star keep the Junction as a famous alehouse and don’t try to turn into an identikit chain pub, which would ruin it, so we will be raising this with them.   
Other Pub News
We’re still waiting to hear when The Tap House will re-open after its refurbishment, we’ll keep you posted.
We welcome Steve to Whitaker’s and hope that you will support him and the team there.

·  Groove Pad Beer & Vinyls

Otley Pub Club ‘Premier’ Membership Benefits – Groove Pad Beer and Vinyl are happy to join the scheme offering 10% off clothing and vinyls (including OPC Merchandise) on production of a Premier card.  Groove Pad stock one of each of the OPC T-shirts and hoodies for customers to order with no additional mark up and stock Otley Pub Club ‘Premier’ membership cards. Up and coming events:
11th Oct – back by popular demand – War of the Worlds night. Full themed night with a total play through of this iconic album!
·  The Black Horse

10th October – Jesse Terry & Emma Stevens – have a listen on YouTube!
15th November – Sound of the Sirens – as above!
Also, Otley Folk Club – back at the Black Horse Sep 4 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Full diary and more info http://www.otleyfolkclub.org.uk/

·  Otley Tavern

Happy Hours 4pm-7pm 50p OFF all pints, prices starting from £2.25

·  Horse & Farrier

The H&F now has BT and Sky Sports to show all televised sports, plus new menu.

·  The Stew and Oyster

Lunchtime Special offer. Any Stew or Sandwich with any side and a soft drink or coffee for only £8

A quick note to landlords and managers – we will happily inform people of your events, offers and offerings, but you need to tell us! So please email us by the end of each month, to tell us what you have going on the following month – and we’ll include it!

The Otley Pub Club Committee




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