Victorian Fayre – a winner for Otley Pubs


Once again at the Victorian Fayre, many of Otley’s pubs entered into the sprit of the occasion by adopting a Victorian theme and entering the competition for the Elise Brumfitt Victorian Ale House Award.


The winner of this year’s award is the Old Cock with the runner-up spot going to the North Bar Social and third place to the Bowling Green. There were also commendations for the Red Lion and the Horse & Farrier in the competition organised by Otley Pub Club.


The award is for the pub which best adopts a Victorian theme, dress or appearance for the day, and is named after the former historian of Otley Pub Club, Elise Brumfitt, who meticulously fact checked all the historical claims of the pubs – and there are many – as some of Otley’s pubs date from Victorian times or earlier.


“The Victorian theme helps create a great atmosphere in the pubs for the day and congratulations to all the pubs who took part.” said Otley Pub Club chairman, Andy FitzGerald, “The weather cleared up just in time and the whole event was a resounding success bringing thousands of visitors into the town to enjoy themselves and the pubs played their part.”


Picture shows the winners of the 2015 award, the Old Cock with their award and members of Otley Pub Club:

Left to right: Bob Brooke, OPC Secretary  presenting the award trophy to Linda Exley of the Old Cock,  Jo Gwilt of the Old Cock, and Catriona Brooke and Greg Mulholland MP, both of Otley Pub Club


Issued on behalf of Otley Pub Club


Andrew McKeon 01943 850173. Mob 07802 484155

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