22 Aug Area Guide to Otley
Set beneath the might Chevin ridge, Otley is a busy market town with so much going for it. Here’s our handy guide to Otley!
Places to eat & drink
Specialising in traditional Kashmiri, Pakistani and Mughlai style cuisine, this popular Indian eatery welcomes you to experience the exciting, exotic flavours of India, with an array of spices suitable for all tastes.
Salami & Co
Run by a husband and wife team, dog-friendly coffee house Salami & Co offers a selection of tasty brunch-inspired dishes, homemade cakes and freshly brewed coffees.
And if you bring along your pet pup, the cafe will also provide a menu for dogs so no one has to miss out on a treat.
Little Corner of the World
This snug, boutique style tearoom serves a range of cakes and savoury snacks, to be enjoyed with a warming pot of tea or coffee.
Treat yourself to an elegant afternoon tea, or opt for a hearty cooked breakfast, toasted sandwich or wrap to set you up for the day.
The Roebuck Pub
Priding itself on its offering of good, honest pub food, this cosy inn serves everything from hearty pies, succulent steaks and fresh seafood, to a range of irresistible homemade desserts.
North Bar Social
Extending its reach outside of Leeds city centre, North Bar brings its impressive selection of world beers to the heart of Otley.
Sample some of the finest ales in the cosy and laid-back atmosphere of North Bar Social.
Perched on the top of Otley Chevin, this welcoming inn is home to satsifying food, great drinks and glorious views that are hard to beat.
Enjoy a glass of wine or one of their Camra LocAle cask ales in front of the warming fire.
The Historic Otley Ale Trail
Make a night of it and enjoy the best of Otley’s traditional pubs by following the Historic Otley Ale Trail, which will guide you around all of the town’s watering holes and show you where Otley’s ‘lost pubs’ used to be.
Things to do
Otley Chevin Forest Park
Stretching across 180 hectares, the Chevin Forest Park boasts spectacular views over Otley and offers great facilities for walking, mountain biking and picnicking.
Check out Friends of Chevin Forest Park for a number of downloadable guides and trails to follow on your visit.
Wharfe Meadows Park
Situated alongside the River Wharfe, this scenic park is great for leisurely walks, picnics by the water, or a mosey down the river on a pedalo or boat.
This unique arts and resource centre is run by local people and hosts a variety of classes, workshops, events and entertainment throughout the year, from film screenings to yoga and mindfulness classes.
Held in Market Square every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, this bustling market features around 100 open air stalls selling a variety of goods, including food, clothes, gifts and household items. While you’re there, pop in branch and say Hi!
Since opening in 1869, Weegmanns has been a must-visit Otley landmark, renowned for its famous pork pies, sausage rolls, handmade meat pies and wholesome hot meals.
Selling freshly baked breads, cakes, traybakes, pasties and quiches (along with a range of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options), Bondgate Bakery is the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth or pick up a tasty lunch while on the go.
The main roads through the town connect Otley to Bramhope, Adel, Leeds city centre, Ilkley and Skipton with easy access to Harrogate and Bradford too.
Otley bus station offers local services connecting the town and outlying areas.
Prince Henry’s Grammar School is Otley’s only secondary school but the town has a number of primary schools: Ashfield Primary School, Otley All Saints Primary School, The Whartons Primary School, Westgate Primary School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.
Properties in Otley
According to Rightmove, as of March 2019, the average house price for Otley is £214,366. Terraced properties selling on average for £187,113, semi-detached properties for £205,000 and detached houses at £330,875. Click here to see our properties for sale.
Did you know?
Thomas Chippendale, the cabinetmaker, was born in a cottage at the junction of Boroughgate and Wesley Street and his statue stands next to the old Grammar School that he once attended in Manor Square. J.M.W. Turner, the painter, visited Otley in 1797, aged 22, when commissioned to paint watercolours of the area. He was so attracted to Otley and the surrounding area that he returned time and time again. His friendship with Walter Ramsden Fawkes made him a regular visitor to Farnley Hall, two miles from Otley. The stormy backdrop of Hannibal Crossing The Alps is reputed to have been inspired by a storm over Otley’s Chevin while Turner was staying at Farnley Hall.
Notable people also from the area:
- Lizzie Deignan, British cyclist
- Joseph Ritchie, surgeon, African explorer, and naturalist
- Julian Sands, British actor
- Mike Tindall, England rugby union captain
- Aidan White, Professional footballer for Leeds United