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)

Last Bus Timetable

Black Bull

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

Market Place

01943 462288

11.00am – 12.00pm Lunch Noon-2:30pm

Bowling Green

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

Groove Pad

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


Monday-Sunday 9:00am-midnight

North Bar Social

North Bar spreads the love a little further from its Leeds heartland, bringing its dedication to great drinks and service all to Otley.

Spanning two floors, North Bar Social boasts the same commitment to providing the very best beers in the world in a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

Opened in 2013, North Bar Social gets stuck in to the already bustling Otley bar and pub community.

For cyclists

North Bar Social is the home of the North Bar Social Cycling Club, with cakes made especially for the venue by their local boss baker.

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

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

66 Boroughgate


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

01943 461122

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

01943 468261

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

36 Westgate


The Fleece

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

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 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

01943 468400

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

4 Bongate

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01943-463 233

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

The Manor House

The Manor House, Otley

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

11-13 Crossgate

01943 464424

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 ……


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, both SKY and BT.

Darts and Dominoes Leagues, traditional pub games on Mondays, and looking to start jazz sessions on Sunday afternoons…..


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, food service to 9:00pm

The Rookery

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

01943 467872

Monday-Thursday 5pm-midnight, Friday and Saturday noon-midnight, Sunday noon-10.30pm

The Rose and Crown

Newly reopened after a sympathetic refurbishment and with a friendly bar staff, the Rose and Crown is serving a wide range of cask ales, lagers, wines and spirits and excellent traditional pub food. The food service is noon to 8pm every day of the week and includes Sunday lunches.

20 Bondgate

01943 461278

Monday- Thusday 12 noon-11:30pm, Friday-Saturday 12 noon-12:30 am, Sunday 12 noon-10:30pm

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

The Stew and Oyster, Otley

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.

Food Service

Tuesday – 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

Totally refurbished in 2014 with a large beer garden, and car park the Swan sells a good range of local ales, lagers and gin.

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

68 Boroughgate

01943 463138

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

The Yew Tree

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

01943 461330

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


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

Karaoke on Friday and live music every other Saturday. Sky TV

49 Kirkgate

01943 462580

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