MAY NEWSLETTER 2015

INTRO

 

IT’S A SHORT MONTH!

 

Because we didn’t hold our May meeting until Thursday the 14th, to avoid General Election Day on the 7th, this Newsletter only covers the fortnight or so up to the 7th of June. So – not as many new or special things happening in Otley or its pubs to mention this edition, but still a bit to talk about.

 

OTLEY SHOW

For once the sun shone for most of the day on the Otley Country Show on Saturday the 16th of May, even though the temperature could have been a bit higher! It’s another annual event that brings thousands of visitors to the town, and the stream of people walking down or up Bridge Street was just never-ending all day. All good news for the pubs and other businesses in town, and the Show itself allowed the town and surrounding area to show off as much as they wanted. The crowd round the show ring was busy all day; the animals were as gorgeous and well-behaved as ever; the stalls, tents and attractions were buzzing all day; and the food and drink stands did a roaring trade – including Otley’s own Old Yorkshire Pit and Curious Hop together under the Confederate flag! If you missed it all, try to make it one of your Spring events next year!

COMING UP

OTLEY WALKING FESTIVAL [Not Quite Yet!]

Yep – I’m plugging it again, even though it doesn’t start until June 27th, because it is so well supported by Otley’s pubs [and vice versa!] Just to whet your appetite, these are the walks that are advertised as including visits to at least one Otley pub each, but many others might do so spontaneously!

FOUR PUBS WALK

FOLLOW THE STRINGS

SAUNTER WITH STROLLING MINSTREL

WAYZGOOSE WEAVE

OTLEY PLAQUE WALK

CAKES AND ALE IV

YANKEE DOODLE DAWDLE and of course –

THE GRAND FINALE & RAFFLE PRIZE DRAW

And the raffle wouldn’t be anywhere near as exciting if it weren’t for the huge array of prizes donated by the pubs [as well as other businesses, shops and individuals in Otley – there are usually lots and lots and lots of prizes!]

MAY DAY WEEKEND

TOUR de YORKSHIRE

PUNCH TAVERNS AND ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’

Apparently, Punch feel so strongly about the Market Rent Only [MRO] option recently introduced by legislation for tenants, that they are threatening to bring a legal action against the Government. The Publican’s Morning Advertiser reports that Punch Executive Chairman Steve Billingham said the new pubs code was in contravention to human rights legislation! Can’t wait for them to oppose the Government’s promised attempt to scrap the Human Rights Act as well!

ARE ACVs JUST ‘HANDCUFFS’ ON THE LICENSEE?

 

Again according to the PMA, not all licensees are happy with their pubs being granted ACV status. They quote two individual pub landlords who feel their freedom to do what they want with their own property and business is being taken away, without them being able to do anything about it.

However, this is how Otley Pub Club currently understands the situation with regard to sale of pubs with ACV status. ACV status does NOT trigger the moratorium period, and the pub can be sold immediately, if

a)      THE PUB IS BEING SOLD AS A GOING CONCERN. Only if the new owner has been less than honest, and subsequently does try to change the use of the pub following purchase, will ACV status have an effect. They will then have to ask for planning permission first – thus giving the community a chance to object. or

b)      THE PUB IS BEING DISPOSED OF TO A FAMILY MEMBER

Both these exemptions are included in a very long list attached as an Annex to The Community Right to Bid: Non-statutory advice note for local authorities – Part 5 Chapter 3 of the Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Regulations 2012, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. And even if none of the exemptions DO apply, the initial moratorium period is only 6 weeks, to give a community interest group the opportunity to bid. If no intention to bid is forthcoming, the longer moratorium period of 6 months is not invoked.

MILD NIGHT AT THE TEMPLAR HOTEL

Leeds CAMRA hosted a night at The Templar Hotel in Leeds on Tuesday May 19th, with 5 mild beers on the bar, and a free buffet. Much as I hate to admit it, I think it was the very first time I’d ever been to the pub, and it’s absolutely wonderful inside. Its brand new ACV status should make it more difficult for it to be swallowed up by the burgeoning retail growth in that part of Leeds [top end of Vicar Lane], and I recommend you go along and check it out for yourself. The prices were extremely reasonable for the centre of Leeds, and it’s a traditional pub, in contrast to the many craft beer bars that are opening in the city. [Which are also worth checking out, by the way!] Top mild was Chocolate Mild [and wow, is it chocolatey!] from Leeds Sunbeam Ales, and the pub was packed – which is always good on a Tuesday night. And if you’re wondering why this is in an Otley Pub Club newsletter, my excuse for going was so that we could set up a permanent liaison between ourselves and CAMRA in Leeds. So there – once again it wasn’t JUST about the beer.

DEMENTIA AWARENESS

And while I’m talking about ACVs, and pubs not being just about the beer, the two open meetings hosted by Dementia Friends have taken place in Otley pubs this week, and I’ll try to get some feedback about them for next time.

TYKE TAVERNER

As there are articles both about Otley Pub Club and about ‘Mulholland’s Law’ in the latest edition of ‘The beer consumers’ magazine for Bradford and beyond’, I thought I’d just give them a free plug. It’s always a good read, and you don’t have to subscribe or be a CAMRA member to get hold of a copy. Just look on the bar the next time you go into an Otley pub, and see if they’ve got any left.

ALE TRAIL AND PASSPORT

In case you were wondering whether we’d given up on the idea of a ‘pub passport’ for Otley – we haven’t. The 5,000 [I think!] copies of the first edition of the Ale Trail leaflet have finally been exhausted, and version 2 is about to be published, containing the changes in open and closed pubs in town over the last couple of years. Once that’s complete, we’ll go ahead with the passport, which will hopefully attract more visitors to the town, and persuade people to try out ALL the pubs, and not just the ones they know already.

CHARITY COLLECTIONS

One of the things we discussed at our last committee meeting was the amount of work that pubs do for charities, and the amount of money they donate to them each year. This is an area that almost always goes unremarked upon and unrecorded. So starting today, OPC decided we would do something to point out what a contribution pubs make to those who are less well off than the rest of us. Many of Otley’s pubs have collecting boxes on the bar, and we would ask you to think about donating your small change after buying your drinks. It doesn’t have to be much, as a standard collecting box full of even small change can deliver at least £50. Sadly, because of that, many of the pubs have to keep their charity collecting boxes at the back of the bar, to prevent them from being stolen. So you might have to look a bit further, and ask whether they have one, if you want to donate. {And I won’t even share the comments of some landlords, about what they would do to anyone they found trying to steal a charity box ! ! !]

As a first shot at identifying the incredible number of charities supported, these are the ones we know about OTB so far. [I forgot to ask in some pubs, I’m afraid, so look out for more next time.] Letters next to each pub’s name will identify the charity.

B – Bliss

C – CLIC Sargent for children and young people with cancer

CR – Cancer Research

G – Greyhound Rescue South Yorkshire

L – LUCY Air Ambulance for Children

MC – Marie Curie

MH – Martin House

MN – Meningitis Now

P – Parkinsons

PC – Pancreatic Cancer Action

R – RSPB

RN – RNLI

S – Scope

SG – St Gemma’s Hospice

SM – St Michael’s Hospice

SR – Sue Ryder

W – Wildlife Rescue

Y – Yorkshire Air Ambulance

YORKSHIRE CANCER CENTRE – YORKSHIRE THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE

And talking of charities, our minutes secretary, Catriona, will be walking the 25 miles over Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in June, in support of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’ Institute of Oncology [Jimmy’s] in Leeds. If it’s a cause you support, and you’d like to help her on her way, no matter how small the amount, you can do it easily and safely on her JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Catriona-Brook

AND FINALLY – EVER HAD A BEER THAT TASTED LIKE S*!T?

Time Magazine reports that the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission recently approved the use of recycled sewage water to brew beer! It has a serious purpose in encouraging innovative ways of re-using wastewater in times of serious water shortages down the West Coast of the USA, but for the time being “it won’t be on tap in any bars”!

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OTLEY’S PUB NEWS

Of course, not every pub has special events on every week, and it would be unfair to expect them to. Some have a quiz on the same night every week, some have a DJ, others have drinks promotions one day a week, and so on. They’re quite happy with that, and so they should be. So if any of the pubs below say “Nothing extra”, that shouldn’t be taken to mean they aren’t as special as usual, or that any pubs are better than any other. It might well be that I’ve just failed to visit them, or ask the right questions! And of course you can always check out the details for every pub on our website.

BAY HORSE – SM

The flower displays that with others helped Otley to its gold Britain in Bloom award will be going up again soon in the back garden [Bay Horse Court]. Don’t forget there is usually a guest beer on in The Bay Horse at only £2:00 a pint!! Currently Glorious English from Bombardier.

BLACK BULL – L, MC, P, RN, SR, W

Still recovering from the visit of The Hairy Bikers, and looking forward to seeing themselves on the TV programme in the Autumn! Probably the biggest choice of vegetarian main meals in any Otley pub, and with new lower prices all day every day on John Smith’s Smooth [£2:50] and Fosters lager [£2:70]. Also supporting SCARD, the charity for Support and Care After Road Death.

BLACK HORSE

Mums and toddlers group on Mondays. Otley Rotary Club now meet in the pub. The Black Horse would like to remind everyone that the function room is available free with any catering option, for any occasion, and will take up to 120 [although less than that with tables, depending on layout]. It’s also ideal for public meetings, music, theatre, film and many other uses. Contact the pub and let them know how you’d like to use it!

BOWLING GREEN – C

Early warning of a cider festival in July. New Mexican Mondays menu, and standard or veggie breakfast now reduced to £2:59, with endless refillable coffee at just 99p!

Another fire walk coming in September/October, to raise money for Little Heroes Cancer Trust

CROSS PIPES

Sat 23/Sun 24 May – DJ/Karaoke

Sat 30 May – Don’t miss the special event with comedy hypnotist Chris Lee, 7:30pm. [“Better than Paul McKenna” – News International.]

Shots for £2:00 – Sourz, Xambuxo, Fireeater, Messerschmitt & Sambuco Nero.

FLEECE – CR, L, RN, Y

New early bird menu from 5-8pm every day, £11:95 for main course and dessert.

Real Ale Club every Tuesday – £2:50 a pint.

Cornell’s acoustic music session, with open mic slots, 1st Sunday every month

They look forward to extending “Wharfedale’s warmest welcome’ to you, and invite you to come and enjoy a drink or a meal in their scenic riverside gardens.

HORSE AND FARRIER – MC, SM, R, Y

Open mic night now on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. [Just as an indication of how much a charity collecting ‘tin’ holds, the last time the Yorkshire Air Ambulance one was emptied, it contained £53.]

JUNCTION – MC, MH, S, SM, R, Y

Quiz Wednesdays; Music every Tuesday and every other Saturday:

Sat 23/Sun 24 May – Charity BBQ, for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Sun 24 May, from 4pm onwards – Charity Darts Match for the Jon Jones Memorial Trophy. Entry minimum donation of £2 to Wheatfields Hospice. Also prize raffle.

Sat 30 May – Lulu and the Bebops

Tue 2 Jun – Lucy’s Shoes

Sat 6 Jun – Serious Sam Barrett

MANOR HOUSE – G, SM

The large suntrap beer garden is now opening for the Summer, with direct access to the Street for the first time. Outside beer and burger bar planned for later in the year, and the outside smoking shelter will be altered and/or moved. Following the success of St Patrick’s Day, Mayo Day and the visit of Edel Fox, plans are afoot for more Irish music and dance festivities in the future!

NORTH BAR SOCIAL

Nothing special over the next couple of weeks, but the North Bar group launched their own brewery – North Brewing Co. – on the 12th of May, and the first beer will be on the bar in Otley soon. [Mind you, I did get confused when I looked on the internet and found another North Brewing Co. in Halifax! Realised later that it was Halifax Novia Scotia – I’m easily confused . . . ]

OLD COCK

If you think the quality ales are too wet without some food to go along with them, they do Cumberland sausage in a roll with fried onions for only £2:60; sandwiches at £2:25; and a range of pork and steak pies, and pasties! And don’t forget the music upstairs on a Tuesday night.

OTLEY TAP HOUSE – MN, SM

Open mic night every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. [Next, Tuesday May 26]

Otley Chevin Motor Club now meet here on the 1st and 3rd Monday every month at 7:30 pm.

(chevin.motor.club@hotmail.com)

[And don’t forget the suntrap garden through the pub and out the back!]

OTLEY TAVERN – B, SG

Last day of the Premier League on TV this Sunday May 24. Don’t miss it!

Also 2 horseracing channels during the week – Racing UK; and At The Races.

Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday – This week, Ella J, and Wayne Simon

New local ales on the bar – Black Sheep Holy Grail and Velo

Somersby cider and Stella both only £2:10 a pint, and Worthington’s only £2:00!

And keep checking their Facebook page at ‘The Otley Tavern’, to find out more

RED LION – L, SM

Sat 13 Jun – The Names, in the upstairs room

2 pool teams doing well, and darts start again in September

The Red Lion Real Ale Club is new and free to join. Every pint of real ale you buy is recorded, and there is a raffle every month. You get as many entries in the raffle as the number of pints you’ve had during the month!

ROEBUCK

Family Funday on Sunday and Monday over the Bank Holiday [24th/25th] Bouncy slide, badminton nets, and other fun for kids, plus roast dinners on Monday.

Early plug for the Roebuck’s “Buckfest” on June 19 & 20. Blues, roots and folk festival with 12 bands in the marquee over 2 days for only £30 – with under-13s free! Oakwood campsite nearby will be open.

ROSE AND CROWN

Food Tues/Wed/Thur evenings 6 to 8, and every lunch from 12 – 2:30, including Bank Holiday Monday, May 25th

Quiz night Tuesday

Disco Friday and Saturday

ROYALTY

The royalty will be 100 years old as a beerhouse on June the 2nd! Their new head chef starts this weekend, and the new menu will begin on Tuesday the 26th. That means they’ll be serving food from midday til 8 pm Monday to Saturday, and midday til 6 pm on Sunday.

They are inviting people to share their memories of the pub as far back as possible, either on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Royalty/153390681348401?fref=ts [Or search in Facebook on “The Royalty” – absolutely NOT “The Royalty, Otley Chevin” which was the page of the previous landlord!] Or by email to info@the-royalty.co.uk

They are also recruiting for the bar/waiting team, and a kitchen porter. CVs to be emailed to the same address as above.

WHITAKERS – L, PC

Tues 2 Jun at 7:30 pm – Psychic night with Margarette Hall. £10 a ticket, including food.

Mondays – Steak Night 7:00 – 9:30 pm, 2 steak meals and a bottle of wine for £20

Wednesdays – Ladies night, £5  bottle of wine, cocktail menu coming soon

Thursdays – quiz night

Fridays – Karaoke

Saturdays – Live Music

Sundays – 2 meals for a tenner, 11:30 am to 4 pm

Sundays – 30p off all cask ales between midday and 2 pm

Every day – Coffee and a homemade cupcake, just £2:00

Every day – Beer loyalty card scheme. Get 5 stamps and put the card in a draw for a gallon of beer every Friday.

The garden is back to its best for summer, and is now available to hire as a unique outdoor function space.

WHITE SWAN – Y

As well as Cask Wednesdays when all ales are £2:50 a pint, don’t forget the ‘pensioners’ specials’ from noon to 5pm, Monday to Friday – John Smiths/Carlsberg/Black Sheep @£2:50 as well.

Tuesdays – Quiz night

Thursdays – Bar Room Buskers

YEW TREE – Y

Now serves food from midday to 8 pm on Sunday, and 4 pm to 8 pm from Wednesday to Saturday. Sunday carvery is just £7:95

Quiz nights Tuesday and Sunday

Early warning for Above Average Weight Band on Thursday July 4th. The pub is also actively looking for more live acts for the future. If you would like to perform there, or know anyone who’s looking for a gig, contact the pub on yew-tree@outlook.com

The Yew Tree has already raised enough money to buy a defibrillator to be located on site, but they still need to find another £500 for external housing and connectivity. All donations or suggestions for raising the money are welcome. [And as an indication of just how much change you can pack into a collecting tin OTB, the last YAA one yielded £147.88!!

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That’s all for now – with the usual apologies for things I’ve missed or misrepresented, and thanks as usual to everyone for giving me [and Bob!] their time and information.

And don’t forget – if you no longer want to receive these newsletters and any other correspondence from Otley Pub Club, just email the return address. All your details will then be removed from all my records – it will be as though you never existed (to us)! Likewise, if I get three newsletter non-delivery reports for the same reason of email failure each month, I will delete all your records as well. So if you suddenly stop hearing from me but you still want to be a member, something’s gone wrong! Just send an email to this address, or via the website and I’ll put you back on the mailing list. Thanks!

 

Bob Brook

OPC Secretary

22 May 2015

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