Once much loved ex pub for sale – could it be a pub again?
The historic Lamb Inn in Andover has been put on the market. The pub was a leader in the real ale scene after the brewers Wadworths bought in in 1954 when it became their first pub in the town.
Local members of the Campaign for Real Ale regularly listed the pub in its Good Beer Guide and in 2000 made a special award to the company’s longest serving landlady, the wonderful Leonie Rickards who many will remember. On her 80th birthday she had run the pub for 39 years, and Wadworth’s brewed ‘Leonie’s Special Ale’ for the occasion.
But Wadworths, after 60 years ownership, caused much anguish when they closed and sold the pub in 2014. After some questionable management it became the staff canteen for BeWiser, the insurance company, and was called The Owl’s Nest. In recent times it became open to the public as a coffee shop and café. BeWiser have recently been taken over and are being restructured.
Although now closed, little has changed within the building and for a long time the unused hand pumps remained. The bar counter is still there, as is the tradition three room layout and it would take little to convert it back to a public house. It even has an outside garden area, rare for a town centre pub.
Is this an opportunity for somebody?
Could The Lamb Inn be a proud pub once again?
Interested parties should contact Perry Hill Chartered Surveyors on 01483 237333