From buzzing bistros to pulsing pubs…
Otley may be a small market town but it’s a cracking night out. Once thought to have to highest number of pubs per capita in the country, there are still more than 20 to choose from, all serving up some fine local ales and craft beer, and many also offering food.
Hostelries range from traditional ale houses such as The Black Bull in Market Square, where Oliver Cromwell’s troops are said to have drunk the town dry on the eve of the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, and the Old Cock (a former Leeds CAMRA pub of the year), to the cool, modern Stew & Oyster, housed in the old traditional surrounds of the Old Grammar School.
For cocktails and music, look out for North Bar Social and Rocca, while Korks offers a regular programme of live music on many days of the week, with their All done for 9 session, held on the last Sunday of the month, session proving a popular stop-off for many.
Looking to dine out while in Otley? There’s a great selection of restaurants including the modern British offering of Otah’s Leah, Mediterranean and Moroccan delights at Mdeena, and several Indian restaurants such as Red Pepper in town and Westbourne Spice just outside – if you love naan bread, you’re in for a particular treat here. For high-end Italian, sample the delights of award-winning Buon Apps (pictured), also just outside town, with a riverside location and a heated patio, perfect for summer evenings. There are also ‘pop-up’ offerings at the Milk Bar Cafe which doubles as an evening bistro, and the Dales Cafe, which turns into a popular Greek restaurant at night.
It it’s arts and culture you’re after, then be sure head to Otley Courthouse, the former police station and magistrates court that is now a thriving independent arts centre offering theatre, cinema, talks and concerts.
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