From Civil War heroes to an awesome ale trail…
For a town of its size, Otley has a surprising number of traditional pubs serving real ale and good beer. In the past, Otley has even vied with a select handful of towns in England for the distinction of having the most pubs per head of population. At its highest number, there were more than 30 pubs – and some 20 of these are still open.
The reason for the high number lies in Otley’s long history as a market town. Old licensing laws permitted public houses to open all day on market days. The sites of the markets have changed over the years, and the pubs established to serve their traders reflect this.
The Battle of Marston Moor
The pubs around Market Square are also said to have played a role in the English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell’s troops camped in the town on the eve of the 1644 Battle of Marston Moor. The parliamentarian army is said to have drank the town dry before going into battle the next day.
The historic Otley Ale Trail is the definitive guide to Otley’s pubs and facts about them. As well as taking you round all the town’s establishments, it also shows where the ‘lost pubs’ – the ones that have now closed – used to be. The leaflet is available on line and also at the Town Information Centre and the council office at Otley CORE.
The new version of the ALE TRAIL was released in 2016 and surprisingly for some, there are now MORE pubs in Otley
For full information on all of Otley’s pubs, visit the Pub Club website where you can sign up to read the latest newsletter and get up-to-date information on special offers and pub events.
Best way to get to Otley if you intend to have a few drinks is by public transport. The link below give the last bus times from Otley (and trains from Menston)
Newly refurbished but retaining much of its character, in the Market Place with a Beer Garden and lunch time and evening meals, as well as breakfast on Market Days, this historic pub was reputedly drunk dry by Oliver Cromwell’s troops before the battle of Marston Moor.
SKY TV and musical entertainment on Saturdays
11.00am – 12.00pm Lunch Noon-2:30pm
Now a sensitively extended Wetherspoons, the Bowling Green is decorated with features of Old Otley and has a large beer garden. Food served from breakfast to 11:00pm.
18 Bondgate, Otley LS21 3AB
Mon to Thurs 8.00 am to 12.00 am , Fri and Sat: 8.00 am to 1.00 am, Sun 8.00am to 11.00pm
A great new bar in Otley specialising in great beer, wine, spirits and coffee and open all day (and night). As its name suggests, Groove Bar specialises in vinyl with a great selection of albums to listen to in the bar or buy. Even bring your own favourites to listen whilst you enjoy a drink.
Live music will be a regular feature of the bar and soon to come to complement the albums for sale will be specialty T-shirts and comics
9 Orchard Gate LS21 3NX
North Bar Social
Part of the North Bar Group. Crazy beer and lager from all over, and coffee and cakes on Saturday and Sunday.
Mon- Wed 5:00pm-11:00pm, Thu 5:00pm-Midnight, Fri 3:00pm-Midnight, Sat 11:00am-Midnight, Sun 11:00am-11:00pm
Otley Tap House
9 cask ales to go with all other regular offerings. Tapas with a Yorkshire slant served Thursday to Sunday.
Quiz on Thursdays from 8-ish with a free supper and 8 pints for the winners, and now on Mondays, POKER!
Regular music events, check the Facebook page
Monday-Wednesday Noon-10:30, Thursday-Saturday Noon-Midnight, Sunday Noon-10:30
The Bay Horse
This cosy pub, just off the market place, is temporarily closed. Watch out for new opening…..
20 Market Place
Sunday - Thursday !2 noon-11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 noon-12 midnight
The Black Horse Hotel
As well as it being a town centre pub, there are 11 letting bedrooms available at the Black Horse. All are en-suite and tastefully decorated; comfortable surroundings complementing the period features of this historic coaching inn.
The Otley Folk Club meets here every Wednesday night upstairs
The Black Horse Hotel, Westgate, Otley, LS21 3AS
The Cross Pipes
The last pub in Otley which brewed its own beer, and has a resident ghost! Nowadays features Sky Sports with 2 channels and food at half time!! Large free car park for nominated driver
Beautifully restored pub with stunning riverside garden. Serves food lunchtime and evening. Check food service times, they vary….
New Landlords Nicola and Heather have a Roast Lunch every Sunday, occasional BBQ’s (phone to check) a quiz on Thursday and open mic on the 1st Sunday of the month
01943 465 034
Daily 11.00 am to 12.00 pm
The Horse & Farrier
The Horse and Farrier is now one of Otley’s finest experiences, offering sumptuous food, excellent hand pulled cask ales and luxurious accommodation.
There are four letting rooms available, all with king-sized beds, en-suite shower rooms and all the mod cons, everything you would expect in a modern Bed & Breakfast.
Features Comedy Night on the last Friday of the month (£5, 7:30pm), Open Mic on the 1st Thursday of the month at 8:30pm and Morning Coffee with cakes and Afternoon Teas on Mondays
7 Bridge Street
Daily 11:00 am- Midnight
The Junction Inn
Otley’s real traditional pub with up to 11 real ales, 50 malt whiskies, 30 gins, 10 cognacs and 10 rums,and a real fire to boot. Watch the stone floor. Tables outside and at the rear and an open fire in the winter months.
The Junction was the first pub in Otley to become CAMRA’s pub of the year, and is noted for its flower displays and raising money for good causes (£100,000 in 11 years!!) and the fact that its toilets are open to the public.
There is live music every Tuesday and Saturday (see events listing) the Happy Monday Key Quest and Happy Monday (50p a pint off all draught drinks, Wednesday Quiz with free supper and great prizes, open Mic the last Thursday of the month and Radio Celia on Sunday afternoon.
GIN FESTIVAL 18-25 November 2017, 50p of all gins, mixers £1
Mon - Thu 11:00am - 11:30pm, Fri - Sat 11:00am - Midnight, Sun Noon - 11:00pm
The Manor House
Located next to Otley’s Maypole yet close to the town center. The Manor House is the perfect place to have a pint, coffee or tea. Families, walkers and cyclists are welcome but no dogs.
There are 2 main lounges, a tap bar and a snug. 2 real fireplaces, no jukebox or gaming machines and it is blessed with one of the best sun trap beer gardens!
Enjoy the Thursday Manor Sessions, open mic night on Friday, a Sunday evening quiz, and Irish sessions on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month (evening) and the 1st Sunday (afternoon)
7-9 Cross Green, Walkergate, LS21 1HB
Mon, Tue and Wed 12am- 11pm; Thurs 12pm-12:am; Fri and Sat 12pm to 1am; Sun 12pm - 12am
The Old Cock
The Old Cock is proud to champion local micro breweries, who have struggled to get bar space due to the recent beer tie monopoly (despite demand from a beer thirsty public!), and with 9 hand pumps, they will sit proudly on our bar alongside some of the larger breweries. Alongside this, we also stock a good range of keg and bottled products, such as Real/Farmhouse Cider, Belgian Abbey & Trappist Beers, and other continental and world beers. Already a CAMRA award winner several times. Lunchtime snacks but no children!
Come along on Thursdays for the regular folk play along from 9pm upstairs
Daily from 11:00 am to 11:00pm
The Otley Tavern
The Otley Tavern is in the historic Market town of Otley, West Yorkshire and dates back to the mid 1700`s serving good well kept real ales from nearby WharfeBank Brewery & guest ales from across the UK. Formerly known as the Ring O’Bells it has been recently refurbished and shows Sky & BT Sports.
During the week the pub features: Monday-Darts and Doms, Tuesday-Open Mic (from 8pm), Friday & Saturday Live Music (from 9pm).
The pub is under new management so some of these events may well change ……
Mon – Thurs Noon – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat Noon – Midnight, Sun 1.00 pm – 11.00 pm. Lunch Mon-Sat Noon-3:00pm
The Red Lion
A town centre local with satellite TV, both SKY and BT.
Darts and Dominoes Leagues, traditional pub games on Mondays, and looking to start jazz sessions on Sunday afternoons…..
Open Mon – Sat 11.00 – 11.00, Sun 12.00 – 10.30
A bit of climb to this pub, formerly the Spite, up the hill north of Otley. Food served lunch and dinner and pleasant beer garden looking down the valley
A bit of History – Fierce competition with The Traveller’s Inn a few doors up led to their nicknames- the ‘Spite’ and ‘Malice’.That name stuck, and The Spite only went back to its true name in 2012, along with a renovation and the addition of a large dining area.In the 1870’s, the owner of The Roebuck Inn (as it was then) had a good passing trade with the Washburn reservoir navvies.
Roebuck Terrace, Newall with Clifton
Daily Noon-11:00pm, food service to 9:00pm
Brought to you by the team behind the much-missed Rocca Bar, The Rookery opened on Victoria Fayre day (December 2) 2018 to great acclaim. Stylish and with a great selection of cocktails, spirits, wine and beers, it has a chic interior and regular live music. Expect this to become the latest hip place to hang out in Otley.
Kirkgate, Otley, LS21 3HJ
Monday-Thursday 5pm-midnight, Friday and Saturday noon-midnight, Sunday noon-10.30pm
The Rose and Crown
This old established corner pub has a long bar and low beams, but is temporarily closed. Watch out for new opening
Sun – Wed 11.00am - 11.00pm, Thu 11:00am – 12.30am, Fri – Sat 11:00am – 1.00 am
A warm and hearty welcome to the Royalty, an independent free house perched on the top of Otley Chevin midst spectacular views that folk would sell their butty for.
Stunning panoramic views across Wharfedale can be enjoyed from our outside beer garden and the conservatory with a bird’s eye view (quite literally) of flights in and out of Leeds Bradford Airport. Although not quite like being onboard at least you’re not strapped into your seat which is useful when you’re ready for another pint!
Yorkgate, Otley LS21 3DG
Sunday-Friday 12 noon-10:00pm, Saturday 11:00-10:00pm. Food served Mon-Sat12noon-8:00pm, Sunday 12noon-6:00pm
The Stew and Oyster
Taking home within The Old Grammar School, Otley Stew & Oyster takes full advantage of the features of this stunning building situated in the heart of the town.
With 21 draught lines, Stew & Oyster Otley is guaranteed to have something that you will enjoy! Don’t fancy beer? Then how does a spirit collection of over 50 different amazing products, extensive wine lists and over 50 world beers grab you?
As you can imagine, the type of food is in the name, hearty stews (a choice of more than 10, including veggie), and fresh oysters
Alternatively you could just grab a coffee (with a free brownie!!) and a newspaper and watch the world go by.
Monday – Friday
12:00 – 15:00 / 17:30 – 21:00
Saturday – Sunday
12:00 – 21:00
Quiz night Thursday 8pm, Gin tasting 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, Mother and Toddler Tuesday at 10 am.
The Old Grammar School, Manor Square
Monday-Wednesday, Noon-11:00pm, Thursday-Saturday Noon-Midnight, Sunday Noon-10:30pm. See above for food service
The White Swan
Quiz night is Tuesday (from 9pm) and “Find the Ace” on Wednesday from 7pm, with free supper.
Fizz Fridays with Prosecco at £10:50/bottle
Music on some Saturday evenings, check for details
Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-11:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-Midnight
The Yew Tree
Only pub in Otley north of the river with large car park. It serves local ales and lager in both the relaxing lounge with fire and the traditional tap room with a pool table. Lunchtime food, with Sunday carvery. Quiz on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.
Newall Carr Road
Mon Thu 4.00pm – 11.30pm , Fri-Sat noon- 11.30pm , Sun noon- 11.00pm