The best things to do in Otley at the weekend

There’s so much to see and do in this lovely market town steeped in rich history.

Halfway between Leeds and Ilkley lies Otley, an unsung hero of a suburb with whole a lot to offer.

This bustling market town just a stone’s throw away from Leeds is well worth a visit if you want to escape the city for the weekend.

Otley is full of quirky independents, traditional pubs and a range of eateries to choose from. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely mooch around the cobbled streets, stopping and cheers’ing a pint with the lovely locals as you go.

Keep reading to find out our top ten things to do in Otley at the weekend.

The Otley Chevin

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The Otley Chevin is a gorgeous forest park overlooking the quaint market town below. It’s the ideal place to take your furry friend for a walk, enjoy the spectacular views and breathe in the good Yorkshire air.

Located the luscious Wharfe Valley the park is full of criss-cross paths, impressive woodlands and breathtaking views at every turn. With walking trails, picnic spots, organised events and woodland to explore, there is something for everyone.

The Curious Hop

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This isn’t just your average off-licence, The Curious Hop is a speciality beer shop selling an extensive selection of craft and world beers, real ales as well as an amazing range of ciders. Pop by to sample some of the local brewing talent or pick something new and exciting from further afield.

18 New Market Street, Otley.

Buon Apps

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Located on the edge of the River Wharfe, enjoy tranquil views at this beautiful restaurant alongside traditional Italian hospitality and authentic cuisine. Enjoy one of their crisp, light “pinsa” pizzas with a caprese salad on the side or opt for the fresh ravioli filled with lobster, crab and ricotta.

They have a delicatessen next to the restaurant where you can find all imported Italian ingredients to cook your own Italian feast at home. Find cured meats, fresh cheeses and olives to pasta sauces, biscotti and wine.

Hartley House, 50 Mill Way.


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This fully vegetarian café and and bakery is located in a bright green, Grade II listed former bank, complete with their very own vault. They serve fresh food all day including a breakfast staple of avocado toast and indulgent grilled cheese sandwiches made with Great Yorkshire Chutney. There’s also an irresistible selection of sweet treats on display for you to enjoy in house or to take home. We have our eye on the Mini Egg tiffin and Kinder bueno millionaire shortbread.

Everything is made in house by their small but passionate team using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Got a birthday coming up? They also offer a celebration cake service where the gorgeous creations are most certain to be the life of the party.

11 Manor Square, Otley.

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Weegmanns Butchers

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This traditional, award winning, independent butcher’s has been an Otley landmark since 1869. They sell only the best quality, locally sourced meat and freshly made steak pies, sausage rolls and much more. It’s a family run butchers and the staff could not be more helpful, as soon as you walk through the doors and are embraced with the enticing aroma of sausage rolls you will feel right at home.

Their pork pies are absolutely top notch but might I recommend you pop in at lunchtime for a hot, pork sandwich with apple sauce and crackling. Your mouth will be watering as you watch them freshly carve the succulent pork which is roasted in house every single day.

4-6 Market Place, Otley.

North Bar Social

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This delightful craft beer bar is part of the beloved Leeds North Brewing Co. Here they have a simple but successful formula; great beer, great atmosphere and great people. Stop by for a pint of their own famous brews, whether it’s a traditional ale you like, a hoppy IPA or a fruity sour, they have something for everyone and the friendly staff are more than happy to help you find your favourite.

Their small but perfectly small bar welcomes cyclists, dogs, walkers and has regulars from 18 to 80! There’s a large outdoor seating area where you can basque in the sunshine on a lovely summer’s day.

8 – 10 Bondgate, Otley.

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The Roebuck

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We always have to include our pick for the perfect Sunday Roast and the Roebuck provides just that. First opening it’s doors in 1852, this pub is drenched in history and definitely know how to pull a good pint.

Their food menu changes with the seasons and they only use fresh, locally sourced produce. We’d recommend going for one of their famous pies, which they even have a section in their menu dedicated to. Whether it’s slow cooked steak and ale pie or creamy herb chicken, mushroom and leek, you definitely won’t be going home hungry.

Roebuck Terrace, Otley.

Groove Pad

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Looking for a bit of live entertainment? The Groove Pad in Orchard Gate offer live music, vinyl and great drinks all under one roof. They also host open-mic nights if you’re feeling confident and want to show off your skills.

On tap they have a wide range of real ales from the nearby Saltaire Brewery for you to try. So if your a music lover, grab a seat and get your groove on at this quirky hidden gem.

9 Orchard Gate, Otley.

The Art Works

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The Art Works is a lovely little gallery in a grade II listed building which showcases some fantastic local artists including Paula Dunn and Yorkshire-born Ian Middleton. It’s the perfect place to have a mooch around and marvel at some fantastic art. The gallery is constantly being updated with new pieces and they also offer a framing service if you’re after some new wall candy.

Courthouse Street, Otley.

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