The Otley Tap House: What I thought of this cosy and great-value pub in the Leeds town
While Leeds is full of bars and pubs, the surrounding towns and villages also offer a great range of watering holes with lots of character.
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Admittedly, I always end up at a pub in or near the city centre whenever I feel like having a pint. But recently, I’ve made an effort to explore Leeds' outskirts to try out their wide selection of bars. As we move towards the festive season, these places are the perfect place to find a comfortable and cosy bar.
Having heard about the Otley Tap Room and its £100,000 renovation during the pandemic, I decided to make my way there to try it for myself. And as far as pubs go, this one is definitely worth a visit.
Located on Boroughgate, just a stone’s throw from the town’s iconic Jubilee Clock Tower, this spacious pub is easy to access if you’re taking a day trip to Otley. Inside is a welcoming atmosphere with lots of seating across the two floors, as well as a beer garden.
At the bar, we found a brilliant range of beers, ciders and cocktails, as well as a wide variety of non-alcoholic beers. If you’ve driven to Otley for the day, you won’t miss out with these non-alcoholic options on offer, including a surprisingly good Guinness and a BrewDog Punk IPA.
As for the alcoholic drinks, the Tap House has six lagers on tap, a gluten free session IPA, Guinness, two ciders, as well as, according to their website, an Otley exclusive on the Motorhead beer Road Crew.
I enjoyed a pint of Coors while my guest had a rhubarb gin and tonic, which together cost us no more than £9. My guest was pleased to find a few unique flavoured gins that made this bar stand out.
The service was brilliant, and when I went up to the bar for a second round, not knowing exactly what my guest had previously ordered, the bartender remembered exactly what I was after, despite there being quite a few other patrons in the bar.
Both my guest and I agreed this was a place we will definitely come back to - and we look forward to trying its events and live music next time.
Address: 66 Boroughgate, Otley, LS21 1AE
Telephone: 01943 512881
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 3pm-12am, Friday to Saturday: 12pm-12am, Sunday: 12pm-10:30pm