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Otley is a famous pub town. For a town of its size, there are a surprising number of traditional pubs serving real ale and good beer. Indeed, Otley has 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, Otley had over 30 pubs! Luckily18 of these pubs are still open.

There are historical reasons why Otley has so many pubs. 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 historic Otley Ale Trail is the guide to Otley’s pubs and facts about them. As well as taking you round all the town’s pubs, it also shows you where the “lost pubs” used to be. The leaflet is available on line and also at the TIC and 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: and read the latest newsletter

Black Bull

IMG_1785In the Market Place with a Beer Garden and lunch time meals, this historic pub was reputedly drunk dry by Oliver Cromwell’s troops before the battle of Marston Moor

Market Place

01943 462288

11.00am – 12.00pm Lunch Noon-2:30pm

Bowling Green

IMG_0839Now 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

North Bar Social

Bar recently opened and part of the North Bar Group. Crazy beer and lager from all over, and coffee and cakes on Saturday and Sunday

8-10 Bondgate


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

The newest bar in town with 9 cask ales to go with all other regular offerings. Tapas with a Yorkshire slant served Thursday to Sunday. IMG_1800 (1)

66 Boroughgate


Monday-Wednesday Noon-10:30, Thursday-Saturday Noon-Midnight, Sunday Noon-10:30

Rocca Bar

Bar specialising in cocktails and spirits as well as craft bottled beers. Lots of music with regular concerts



Mon-Sun 5:00pm-Midnight

The Bay Horse

IMG_2380A “proper boozer” with two cosy rooms and lunchtime snacks including beef dripping sandwiches. Famed for its summertime floral displays in Bay Horse Yard

20 Market Place

01943 461122

Daily 11.00am – Midnight, Lunch 12.00 – 2.30pm

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.  IMG_1781


The Black Horse Hotel, Westgate, Otley, LS21 3AS

01943 468261

The Cross Pipes

The last pub in Otley which brewed its own beer, and has a resident ghost!

36 Westgate


The Fleece

Beautifully restored pub with stunning riverside garden. Serves food lunchtime and evening

61 Westgate

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 luxuriousIMG_1767 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.

Special offers for members of Otley Loyalty Card

7 Bridge Street

01943 468400

Daily 11:00 am- Midnight

The Junction Inn

Otley’s real traditional pub with up to 11 real ales and a real fire. Watch the stone floor. Tables outside and at the rear. Regular music  IMG_1030

4 Bongate

01943-463 233

Mon - Thu 11:00am - 11:00pm, Fri - Sat 11:00am - Midnight, Sun Noon - 10:30pm

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 IMG_1808 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!

Musicians and singers are encouraged to call to the Manor where there is always a place where they can perform. There is also an upright piano, a guitar and a Banjo available behind the bar.


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!  The Old Cock

11-13 Crossgate

01943 464424

Daily from 11:00 am to 11:00pm

The Otley Tavern

IMG_2405The 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. Lunches Monday to Saturday.

During the week the pub features:  Monday-Darts and Doms, Tuesday-Open Mic (from 8pm), Friday & Saturday Live Music (from 9pm)


01943 463771

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. IMG_1797

47 Kirkgate

01943 464217

Open Mon – Sat 11.00 – 11.00, Sun 12.00 – 10.30

The Roebuck

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

The Rose and Crown

This corner pub has a long bar and low beams. Famous for lunch time food and weekend discos. Lovely heated beer garden

20 Bondgate

01943 461278

Sun – Wed 11.00am - 11.00pm, Thu 11:00am – 12.30am, Fri – Sat 11:00am – 1.00 am

The Royalty

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?

Alternatively you could just grab a coffee and a newspaper and watch the world go by.



Food Service

Monday – Friday
12:00 – 15:00 / 17:30 – 21:00

Saturday – Sunday
12:00 – 21:00

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

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERATotally refurbished in 2014 with a large beer garden, the Swan sells a good range of local ales and serves meals lunch and evening

68 Boroughgate

01943 463138

Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-11:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-Midnight

The Yew Tree

Only pub in Otley north of the river. It serves Wharfebank ales amongst others. Lunchtime food, with Sunday carvery

Special Offers for members of Otley Loyalty Card

Newall Carr Road

01943 461330

Mon Thu 4.00pm – 11.30pm , Fri-Sat noon- 11.30pm , Sun noon- 11.00pm


IMG_2399Attractive pub with good beer and lunchtime food seven days a week including Sunday roast. A gem of a beer garden at the rear.

49 Kirkgate

01943 462580

Sun-Thu 11:30am-11:00pm ,Fri 11.00am-Midnight , Sat 11.00am – 11.00pm