7 July 2015
Otley Pub Club marks centenary of famous pub
Members of Otley Pub Club gathered on July 2 to celebrate the centenary of The Royalty, a famous landmark pub on the top of Otley Chevin.
Records show that it was a farmhouse in the 1870s, when it was owned by the Clapham family. Confirmation of the premises being used as a ‘beerhouse’ is confirmed by a lease dated July 1915 and it only had a beer license until 1951 when the then licensee obtained a full license. In more recent years the pub became popular for its stunning views and with walkers and visitors to the Chevin. After a period of closure it reopened in 2014 following substantial refurbishment. The current owner of the lease and licensee is Danny Walker since April of this year and the pub is regaining its former popularity.
Otley Pub Club decided to mark the 100th anniversary of the record of the Royalty being a ‘beerhouse’ by having its July monthly meeting and social there. Club Chairman Andy FitzGerald: “Otley is famous for its historic pubs but not many people know that the Royalty has been going for a hundred years and we wanted to celebrate the milestone and congratulate the current operator for his efforts in re-establishing its popularity.”
Danny Walker said:” The whole of my team at the Royalty are working hard to make a success of it and put it on a firm footing for future and who knows,- the next hundred years. I have a real passion for great service and locally sourced quality produce, whether it be meat we source from a local butcher or the cask ales from around the region.”
Otley Pub Club is an organisation created by local pub supporters and local publicans. Free to join, it is a way for Otley people to support their local pubs and enjoy the wide selection of real ales and for publicans to communicate with each other and their customers. The club campaigns on behalf of pubs where needed and organises social events, runs a web site and publishes a popular monthly newsletter and the successful Ale Trail leaflet. For more information visit www.otleypubclub.co.uk
Photo caption: Members of Otley Pub with club president Greg Mulholland (3rd left) and chairman Andy FitzGerald (centre front ) toast operator of the Royalty, Danny Walker (centre with apron).