Iconic Otley cafe Dunnies to close its doors for the last time

Ilkley Gazette: Dunnies, the cafe by the River Wharfe in Otley, is closing its doors for the last time this week Dunnies, the cafe by the River Wharfe in Otley, is closing its doors for the last time this week

Otley’s much-loved Dunnies cafe will close its doors for the last time this weekend.

The riverside business, which has been serving the town since 1925, is set to be demolished to make way for a new care home.

Especially popular with cyclists, motorcyclists and walkers, the cafe will serve its final drinks and sandwichess on Sunday.

Wharfe View Cafe, to give it its official title, and the adjacent Wharfe View News will both be knocked down so the new 48-flat development can be built on the former All Saints Middle School site, off Bridge Street.

Campaigners had been fighting to save the cafe – althought the owners were keen to sell – but their hopes were dashed in December when a planning inspector found in favour of Gladman Care Homes’ appeal.

Town and ward councillor Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) said: “Now that the decision to build the care home has been made it is time we all moved on, and that includes the owners of Dunnies – I wish them a happy and healthy retirement.

“In time, a new ‘riverside’ cafe will become available in the Garnett’s Mill redevelopment, but in the meantime residents and visitors alike can still find plenty of choice in one of Otley’s many cafes.”

Although much sadness has been voiced over the loss of Dunnies, there has also been relief that one of the town’s long-running ‘eyesores’ is to finally be redeveloped.

The planning inspector had accepted that the cafe was “highly regarded as something of a local institution”, but said its loss would not justify refusing the care home scheme.

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1:34am Mon 3 Feb 14

OtleyVoice says...

There was no need to demolish Dunnies, a care home could have been built and Dunnies left in place.
There was no need to demolish Dunnies, a care home could have been built and Dunnies left in place. OtleyVoice
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11:16am Mon 3 Feb 14

Sparkatan says...

What a sad day yesterday.
Its not about the place, its about the people. I have frequented Dunnies every Sunday morning for the last five or six years and it has been an institution. A mixture of young and old, walkers, cyclists, bikers, scooterists, dogs, pigeons, you name it.
Yesterday the conversation was about where we go from here. The fact is there is nowhere. It is the end of an era.

Gladman homes have beem allowed to steal a prominent position, one that should be for the betterment of Otley and its visitors, not a prospector or development entity. Who wants a large building with no coming or going from occupants because, with respect, that is what 'retirement homes' are like.

A very sad day for cafe goers, friends old and new, and most of all, Otley.
What a sad day yesterday. Its not about the place, its about the people. I have frequented Dunnies every Sunday morning for the last five or six years and it has been an institution. A mixture of young and old, walkers, cyclists, bikers, scooterists, dogs, pigeons, you name it. Yesterday the conversation was about where we go from here. The fact is there is nowhere. It is the end of an era. Gladman homes have beem allowed to steal a prominent position, one that should be for the betterment of Otley and its visitors, not a prospector or development entity. Who wants a large building with no coming or going from occupants because, with respect, that is what 'retirement homes' are like. A very sad day for cafe goers, friends old and new, and most of all, Otley. Sparkatan
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1:58pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Frances Lincoln says...

A great day for Otley...what a complete eyesore.
A great day for Otley...what a complete eyesore. Frances Lincoln
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