From artisan ales to prize-winning pies…

Farmers have been selling their goods in Otley for almost 800 years and that tradition continues today with a thrice-weekly market and a monthly specialist farmers’ market.

Look out for fresh fruit, organic vegetables, home-reared eggs and fresh fish delivered from the North Yorkshire coast. The bustling market takes place around two Otley icons, the Jubilee Clock and the Buttercross, thought to be one of the oldest structures in town.

Our three local butchers offer meat reared on the surrounding farms of North Yorkshire and regularly vie for the title of the county’s best pork pies, black puddings and sausages. Prize-winning Bondgate Bakery offer scrumptious bread that is still hand-kneaded daily using traditional techniques as well as savouries, cakes and sweets. Chocoholics will love a visit to our nationally renowned chocolatier who has provided his services for many celebrity weddings. Gaze through the window of Patisserie Viennoise on Westgate to see owner Trevor Backhouse (left) making his own chocolates.

The shops and stores on the cobbled lanes and alleys around the town provide all manner of bespoke shops. Pick up a bottle of fine wine from Chez Vin, artisan ales from Curious Hop or sample old-style sweets from bon bons to handmade fudge at the Traditional Sweet Shop.

If you’re looking for gifts or homeware, we have fine jewellers, cigar specialists, gift shops and antiques, as well as our own gardening experts at Courtyard Planters, who grow many of their own plants and herbs, as well as offering gardening classes. Look out, especially for the charming Kirkgate Arcade with its Victorian glass roof and boutique stores.

And if you’re into art, you’re in for a treat – Otley is home to many fine galleries displaying original works. All of the shop owners will only be too pleased to offer friendly help and advice on their goods, just ask!

As well as our wonderful independent shops, Otley is also home to three national supermarkets where you can pick up any items not found in our other stores.

Top five must-dos
    • Visit Otley’s historic market, more than 800 years old
      • Sample delicious chocolates and sweets at Patisserie Viennoise
        • Pick up freshly made bread at Bondgate Bakery
          • Tuck into an award-winning pork pie at one of the town’s three excellent butchers
            • Browse the many independent shops in the cobbled streets and lanes around town