The Lamb Inn has been a landmark in Andover for over 300 years, almost all of it as a public house.
It began life back in the 1700's as The Coopers Arms, owned by Mr. Strong, the local cooper and barrel maker who's yard was only a few doors away on Winchester Street, eventually sold the pub when his cooperage business expanded and he moved out of the town centre. As the pub was on the main coaching route it was inevitably renamed the Coach and Horses and remained so for almost a hundred years. By the the turn of the 19th Century the pub had been renamed again to "The Lamb" which it remained for over a hundred years. In 1957 The Lamb was a thriving business the eagerly expanding Wandsworth brewery purchased the freehold, the first Wadsworth pub in Andover and remained in their hands with very few changes of tenant until 2014 when it was sold to Be Wiser Insurance to be a staff canteen. Now its back in the hands of a private hospitality investment company.
The Andover Tap (Beertap Inns Ltd.) has secured a lease on the main Pub part of the building, and Wessex Spirits the Andover based Gin distiller has leased the remaining areas to be a gin distillery, tasting rooms and events venue. We will be investing as much as we can in to getting things back in order, but we need a little help.
Whilst the structure is there there is an awful lot to do to get it back into operation as a public house. The cellars and beer stores need work along with all the pub machinery, beer line piping and stillage, there are some internal modifications required and a complete re-decoration, signage and furniture.
This is your opportunity to help us save the Lamb and get it back to a proper pub, serving Local real and craft ales, pilsners and lagers, Local spirits and Wines. We intend to have a food offering too, not fussy or fine dining, but something a little more special than basic pub fayre, focussing on local produce and producers, from pies to charcuterie.
After all it's going to be your pub, a place to meet and chat convivially without big screens and loud music. Just a warm place to be in a friendly welcoming atmosphere and comfy environment. The sort of place to see friends and family, have a well crafted drink and a flavour of Hampshire to eat. All in a place people remember fondly and where you can make new memories.
In return, we'll make it the place you want to be, and give you some rewards for doing so.
The basic Target will get us to a point we can open and get things going, The additional target will help us do all those other things that make the place simply wonderful.
If you would like to help there are a whole bunch of goodies available in return, plus pleasure of saving this popular local landmark. If you want more information please contact us directly via our Facebook page or e-mail on [email protected]