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OTLEY PUB CLUB DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2014

INTRO

OTLEY PUB CLUB DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2014 INTRO I don’t know about you, but my diary has

I don’t know about you, but my diary has just been full since the start of December, and is still packed until after New Year. So that’s my apology out of the way, for not being able to

spend as much time on the Newsletter as usual this month (and for the late delivery)! In fact

it’s mainly just a list of the opening times of Otley’s pubs over the festive season, but there

are a couple of other things to mention before that.

OTLEY VICTORIAN FAYRE

It was a huge success again, despite a fairly slow start – probably because of people’s doubts about the weather, or maybe just the traffic jams into town that seem to plague Otley lately. After the sun had been out for a while, the numbers picked up, and by the time the lantern parade went round town after 4-o-clock, the route was pretty busy. The crowds [and the odd shower that forced them inside] meant that the pubs were pretty busy as well, and lots of people were there to see the tremendous effort they had made to dress up and get into the real spirit of the event. This is what our Chairman, Andy FitzGerald, had to say about it afterwards:

OTLEY PUB CLUB DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2014 INTRO I don’t know about you, but my diary has

"It was pleasing to see the pubs of Otley embrace the spirit of the Otley Victorian Fayre by competing, in the friendliest of manners, for the Elise Brumfitt* Victorian Ale House Award, in association with Otley Pub Club (OPC). Whilst not all the pubs were able to participate the overall quality of the pubs’ efforts was very high. OPC deployed no less than 8 judges in both an overt and

covert “secret shopper” manner. The

judges agreed only on the overall standard, and splitting the pubs into the winning positions was the subject of much debate. A real well done’ to all the participants! We look forward to a similar standard next year when the Horse and Farrier will defend their title."

OTLEY PUB CLUB DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2014 INTRO I don’t know about you, but my diary has

(*Elise was the OPC historian who researched the background of all our historic pubs in great detail, and who is much missed by all of us. The award is presented each year in her memory.)

(*Elise was the OPC historian who researched the background of all our historic pubs in greatthe ‘World’s Biggest Liar’ award , in a competition run by Jennings Brewery. George Kemp, from the Lifeboat Inn in Maryport won a trophy and a medal for a tall tale about fracking and jam butties! Maybe it’s a competition we should start in Otley, to replace darts and pub quizzes? VIRTUAL PUB TOURS Another thing we might try in Otley is putting virtual pub tours on the OPC website. One Tyneside licensee has already embedded one in his own website, to show off the pub [and its cellar] to prospective customers. Sometimes it can be a bit daunting to step through a pub door if you don’t know what to expect inside, so maybe thi s is an idea for the future. You can visit the Tynemouth Lodge Hotel website to check it out. CHANGES TO THE OTLEY PUB CLUB WEBSITE [Continued . .] Although we might not have the resources to include virtual tours of all our pubs just yet, we have had some feedback about what customers would like to get from the website. Someone said they would like to see a calendar, so they could choose a day they wanted to go out and see which pubs in Otley had a quiz on that night, or a live band – just with one click on the date. So that is certainly something we will be looking into in the New Year. In " id="pdf-obj-1-4" src="pdf-obj-1-4.jpg">

The full results were :

1 st Horse and Farrier 2 nd Old Cock 3 rd equal North Bar Social & Black Horse

Pics - Staff at The Bowling Green show the high standard of all pubs who took part; The judges trying to decide who they could possibly leave out; and The award presentation at The Horse and Farrier.

CAMRA LAST ORDERS

Not as grim as it sounds! Just a reminder that if you are a CAMRA member, or you know anyone who would appreciate a membership pack for Christmas – or if you’re just looking for Christmas gifts online the last order date for Christmas deliveries from the CAMRA website is next Monday, the 15 th of December

WORLD’S BIGGEST LIAR

A publican from Cumbria has won the ‘World’s Biggest Liar’ award, in a competition run by Jennings Brewery. George Kemp, from the Lifeboat Inn in Maryport won a trophy and a

medal for a tall tale about fracking and jam butties! Maybe it’s a competition we should

start in Otley, to replace darts and pub quizzes?

VIRTUAL PUB TOURS

Another thing we might try in Otley is putting virtual pub tours on the OPC website. One Tyneside licensee has already embedded one in his own website, to show off the pub [and its cellar] to prospective customers. Sometimes it can be a bit daunting to step through a pub door if you don’t know what to expect inside, so maybe this is an idea for the future. You can visit the Tynemouth Lodge Hotel website to check it out.

CHANGES TO THE OTLEY PUB CLUB WEBSITE [Continued

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Although we might not have the resources to include virtual tours of all our pubs just yet, we have had some feedback about what customers would like to get from the website. Someone said they would like to see a calendar, so they could choose a day they wanted to go out and see which pubs in Otley had a quiz on that night, or a live band just with one click on the date. So that is certainly something we will be looking into in the New Year. In

the meantime, I’m afraid you’ll have to plough through all the individual entries below, to find out what’s going on, and where!

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OTLEY’S PUB NEWS

[Just about all the pubs are open as usual on Christmas Eve, so I’ve only included that day under individual pubs if there’s anything special.]

THE BLACK HORSE With its Christmas tree in the corner, and a warm open fire, the Black Horse is ready to welcome you over the holiday period. It’s open for breakfast and coffees from 9am, and food is served until 9 at night. The Hotel is only open to residents on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when the bar and restaurant will be closed.

THE RED LION -

Will be showing all the major sporting events over the holidays, including those on New

Year’s Day, and with Sky Sports, BT Sports AND the Racing Channel, you never need to miss

a thing!

WHITAKERS Christmas Day 12 2; NYD 12 11; no food either day.

Live Music every week:

Dec 13 Blueprint Dec 19 Sinners Dec 20 Above Average Weight Band Dec 27 - Red Levels Jan 03 The Acoustic Band ft. Joe Gallagher Quizzes:

‘Informal’ quiz on Wednesdays at 9:30pm, free entry, £20 prize. ‘Bingo’ quiz with DJ every Thursday, 50p per team entry, with prizes up to £50 for a full

house [getting every question right!]

THE OTLEY TAVERN Christmas Day 12 – 2; New Year’s Eve 12 – 6, then 7 til late, with entertainment by Redhouse, entry by ticket only [check with pub to see if there are any left].

They will be showing the packed sports programmes on TV on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. As usual, there will be live music every Friday and Saturday night throughout the holiday period Dec 21 - Blimey O’Reilly (afternoon):

Keep checking the pub’s facebook page for updates on all other live events.

THE OLD COCK Christmas Day 12 2; NYE 11 Midnight; NYD 11 11

Usual folk music upstairs every Tuesday, alternate weeks being Irish and other.

THE JUNCTION Christmas Day 12 3; NYE 11 1am (with DJ); NYD usual Thursday hours

Continues its programme of music right through the holidays, with live bands every Tuesday and some Saturdays, and a DJ every Sunday. Check A-boards outside the pub for updated details. Dec 14 - We Ghosts, Anglo/Swedish acoustic band, 4 6 pm Quiz every Wednesday evening.

THE MANOR HOUSE Christmas Day 12 3; NYD 1 Midnight.

Otley Band ‘Summercross’ will be appearing sometime in the New Year. Check The Manor House Facebook or Twitter accounts for updates.

The formal re-opening on Saturday Dec 06 was a great success, with live music all day. David is keen to continue to present live music in the New Year. He will also be bringing back the Sunday night quiz in January, and is trying to find a prize wheel, so he can re-introduce the popular ‘Spin the Wheel’ game as well. [Pic shows David and Eileen with Greg Mulholland MP and Otley Bellman Terry Ford at the ribbon cutting ceremony.]

Usual folk music upstairs every Tuesday, alternate weeks being Irish and other. THE JUNCTION – ChristmasFacebook or Twitter accounts for updates. The formal re-opening on Saturday Dec 06 was a great success, with live music all day. David is keen to continue to present live music in the New Year. He will also be bringing back the Sunday night quiz in January, and is trying to find a prize wheel, so he can re- introduce the popular ‘Spin the Wheel’ game as well. [Pic shows David and Eileen with Greg Mulholland MP and Otley Bellman Terry Ford at the ribbon cutting ceremony.] THE WHITE SWAN – Christmas Day 11 – 2; NYE 11 – 1am (with DJ, free entry); NYD 12 – 11. Dec 13 – Memphis Cruisers, rockabilly band at 9pm General knowledge quiz every Tuesday evening, £1 per team, win a barrel of ale. All real ales £2:50 a pint every Wednesday. Ever-popular Bar-Room Buskers music night every Thursday. THE OTLEY TAP HOUSE – Christmas Day 11 – 3; NYE Midday – 2am (No ticket, but doors may be closed after midnight) Beautiful range of beers on the bar now, with Christmas specials from Moorhouses, Batemans, Jennings and Wychwood. (With The Manor House now re-opened, there is a mini Otley ‘East End’ run of 3 pubs within 50 metres of each other, which is nice if you live at that end of town!) THE HORSE AND FARRIER – Christmas Eve, Bar 11 – 11; Food 12 - 8 " id="pdf-obj-3-38" src="pdf-obj-3-38.jpg">

THE WHITE SWAN Christmas Day 11 2; NYE 11 1am (with DJ, free entry); NYD 12 11.

Dec 13 Memphis Cruisers, rockabilly band at 9pm General knowledge quiz every Tuesday evening, £1 per team, win a barrel of ale. All real ales £2:50 a pint every Wednesday. Ever-popular Bar-Room Buskers music night every Thursday.

THE OTLEY TAP HOUSE Christmas Day 11 3; NYE Midday 2am (No ticket, but doors may be closed after midnight)

Beautiful range of beers on the bar now, with Christmas specials from Moorhouses, Batemans, Jennings and Wychwood. (With The Manor House now re-opened, there is a mini Otley ‘East End’ run of 3 pubs within 50 metres of each other, which is nice if you live at that end of town!)

THE HORSE AND FARRIER Christmas Eve, Bar 11 11; Food 12 - 8

Christmas Day Closed; Boxing Day, Bar 12 11; Food, 12 4 New Year’s Eve, Bar Midday 12:30am; Food 12 6. Plus special one-off 6 course meal for £29:95 single sitting at 19:30 New Year’s Day, Bar Midday – 6; No food all day

Open mic night on the second Sunday of every month. Next one Jan 11 2015. Early warning of a palm-reading event on Tuesday, Jan 27 more details next month.

THE BAY HORSE Christmas Day, lunchtime from 11 onwards; NYE 11 1am-ish; NYD normal hours

THE BLACK BULL Christmas Day 11 2, no food; NYE 11 1am-ish; NYD 11 10:30, no food

THE ROSE AND CROWN Christmas Eve 11 late, food all day; Christmas Day 11 4, with food; NYE 11 1, with food as usual; NYD normal hours, with food.

And I have to say the Christmas decorations in The Rose and Crown are looking really good. Round all the pub as the picture shows [even though the quality of my phone camera is rubbish apologies, R&C!]

Christmas Day Closed; Boxing Day, Bar 12 – 11; Food, 12 – 4 New Year’ s

THE BOWLING GREEN Christmas Eve 8am 1am; Christmas Day 11 4, no food unless pre-booked; NYE 8am 1am; NYD 8am - Midnight

THE CROSS PIPES Christmas Day 11 2 (with disco); NYE midday after midnight, party night!

DJ Karaoke every Saturday and Sunday, and on Christmas Eve til late Saturday Dec 20 th , 70s- themed fancy dress party night. Always check A-boards outside pub for music details.

THE FLEECE Christmas Day 12 2. Pre-booked food only in the main pub, snug bar open for drinkers.

Acoustic night on the first Sunday of every month, next one Jan 04, 2015. All cask ales £2:50 a pint every Tuesday.

NORTH BAR SOCIAL Christmas Eve 11 11 [last orders]; Christmas Day closed; NYE 3pm 1am; NYD closed.

The advent calendar continues up to Christmas Eve. Each day a different beer will be offered at a reduced price, with a bottle being given away every day to the first person to complete a specific task for that day! Watch their Twitter and Facebook accounts to find out what you have to do!

THE ROYALTY Christmas Day 12 3. Pre-booked food only, bar open for drinkers.

New managers Simon and Avril only took over in November, so they’re still settling in. For their Christmas menu, which is available throughout December, and to find out what’s happening in the New Year, check out their Facebook page.

THE YEW TREE Christmas Day 12 3:30 [last orders]; NYE disco til late [last orders 12:30] no ticket needed; NYD usual hours.

Christmas Eve Karaoke disco All Sky Sports channels now available for full sporting programme Boxing Day and New

Year’s Day

THE ROEBUCK Christmas Day 12 2 [food fully booked]; NYE food stops at 7pm, bar til late; NYD Sunday hours.

The advent calendar continues up to Christmas Eve. Each day a different beer will be offeredTwitter and Facebook accounts to find out what you have to do! THE ROYALTY – Christmas Day 12 – 3. Pre-booked food only, bar open for drinkers. New managers Simon and Avril only took over in November, so they’re still settling in. For their Christmas menu, which is available throughout December, and to find out what’s happening in the New Year, check out their Facebook page . THE YEW TREE – Christmas Day 12 – 3:30 [last orders]; NYE disco til late [last orders 12:30] no ticket needed; NYD usual hours. Christmas Eve – Karaoke disco All Sky Sports channels now available for full sporting programme Boxing Day and New Year’s Day THE ROEBUCK – Christmas Day 12 – 2 [food fully booked]; NYE food stops at 7pm, bar til late; NYD Sunday hours. Still closed every Monday, except for Dec 29 12 – 11, food 12 - 8 Otley A Capella Choir carol concert on Dec 18 at 19:30 will be an evening of “festive songs, mulled wine, and roaring fires” . Festive menu will run until Christmas Eve, alongside the regular menu. Lunch £12/£15 for 2/3 courses; Evening £15/£18. Deposit £10 per head and pre-order required. The 9pm Wednesday quiz continues, to win a £25 meal voucher for the restaurant. And information about ALL Otley’s pubs is available on the OPC website . - - / / - - / / - - / / - - That’s all for now – with usual apologies for things I’ve missed or misrepresented, and thanks once more to everyone for giving me their time and information. And don’t forget – if you no longer want to receive these newsletters and any other correspondence from Otley Pub Club, just email the return address. All your details will then be removed from all my records – it will be as though you never existed! Likewise, if I get three newsletter non-delivery reports for the same reason of email failure each month, I will " id="pdf-obj-5-37" src="pdf-obj-5-37.jpg">

Still closed every Monday, except for Dec 29 12 11, food 12 - 8

Otley A Capella Choir carol concert on Dec 18 at 19:30 will be an evening of “festive songs, mulled wine, and roaring fires”. Festive menu will run until Christmas Eve, alongside the regular menu. Lunch £12/£15 for 2/3 courses; Evening £15/£18. Deposit £10 per head and pre-order required. The 9pm Wednesday quiz continues, to win a £25 meal voucher for the restaurant.

And information about ALL Otley’s pubs is available on the OPC website.

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That’s all for now – with usual apologies for things I’ve missed or misrepresented, and thanks once more to everyone for giving me their time and information.

And don’t forget – if you no longer want to receive these newsletters and any other correspondence from Otley Pub Club, just email the return address. All your details will then be removed from all my records it will be as though you never existed! Likewise, if I get three newsletter non-delivery reports for the same reason of email failure each month, I will

delete all your records as well. So if you suddenly stop hearing from me but you still want to be a member, something’s gone wrong! Just send me an email and I’ll put you back on the mailing list. Thanks!

Bob Brook

OPC Secretary 13 December 2014

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